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Verbatim DVD-R or DVD+R?
Verbatim DVD-R or DVD+R? –
I have a V4 non-modded US PS2 using the LH method and a Sony DRU-500A DVD Burner. Would it be better to use DVD-R or DVD+R? They're both Verbatim and cost the same at Best Buy. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
DVD-R are generally more compatible on PS2s below V5.
DVD+R generally work better on newer PS2s (V5+).
What my experience tells me is that it all boils down to the laser unit's wear. I have a V4 which reads DVD+R flawlessly but that PS2 had issues with it before. About a month ago, the laser unit had a problem and I switched it with a new one. Since then, that PS2 never had issues with an kind of compatible media. Also, I tested DVD+R on several PS2s and almost all of the V5 and above had no issues whatsoever.
Thanks. One more question though. Since V4 has a harder time reading DVD+R, does this mean it will wear down the laser faster? I'm going to eventually get a new PS2 anyway, but am just curious as to whether or not there is a noticeable difference between the two media types.
No, it doesn't wear your laser any faster. I don't really know the tech behind it but DVD+R seems to work better than DVD-R on newer PS2s (V5+) while DVD-R seems to be better accepted on older models (V5 and below). Bear in mind though, that this is no written rule. Each and every PS2 behaves rather differently from one another so you have to try it out yourself.
It boils down to this, if you have a recent PS2, odds are that DVD+R will work better. I have most of my backups on this format. On a V7 PS2 with a Messiah I have for testing, DVD+R backups boot at first try, everytime. DVD-R is kinda unpredicatable (again, on that particular PS2). It may boot properly or it may not boot at all.
This is all I can tell you.
As a side note, the media quality is also a big player in this issue, even more than whatever standard you choose to use. Verbatim is a good choice though, as is Memorex, HP and some TDK. Check for reflectivity... the higher, the better.
Last edited by edu20zip; 11-07-2002 at 06:41 PM.
Is the DVD-R readability issue something that can be corrected using the available laser adjustments?