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    DVD-RAM why ?

    What is the deal with these discs ?
    The only advantage I see in them, is that you can overwrite them up to 100,000 times, thus meaning safer storage that a DVD+/-RW disc..


    Anyone got any comments on DVD-RAM discs ?

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    aren't they a lot more fragile tho (making your data far less safer..)? I seem to remember caddies being touted as being necessary for them
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    I was going to explain the advantages that i knew but wiki does it better and has more information so i wont bother.

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    Read the wiki stuff, wanted real user experiences if poss...........

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    i thoguht u could whack a DVD in the drive and drag files onto it, even Donload directly onto it

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    DVD-RAM was touted as a credible alternative to backup tapes, due to the error checking facilities it encorporated. It was superior to tape in one way - that it reads more liike a hard disk than a tape, however it was as expensive, if not more, than comparable tape drives, so few adopted it.

    EDIT - I think thats right....

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    I use DVD-RAM to back up my work, i find it better than RW's for that

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    Exactly, it acts just like a large floppy disk or external hard drive. Not sure what else you are after.

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    Think of it as a removable hard disk, but much easier to store

    It can cope much better with files being deleted/overwritten, due to the non-sequential nature, so is ideal for backups.

    You can get some with caddies - it's not because they are particularly fragile, but just so they last longer. They were designed for video recorders - so you can imagine the kids messing around with a stack of discs, throwing them around, etc. The PC ones just come in a normal case however.

    One tip (took me ages to get this figured) - Win XP has native support for DVD-RAM, but you have to disable packet writing for the drive to get it to work properly (My Computer, Right-click, Properties). Then you can just drag and drop to your heart's content!!

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    Cool, thanks guys.
    Got a single sided one coming to me soon. Will be using to store all my photos on, sounds perfect.

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    Also real useful sitting underneath the TV. A nice clean media for recording/re-recording your stuff from the tele-box.
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    That is what i use them for, in my panny es10 dvd recorder.
    Not around too often!

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    dvd-ram at first is made from panasonic for its own dvd recorder, it is better made compare to rw disc, only certain drive will read and write dvd-ram, and it is more deal.

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    Hmm, just received my DVD-RAM disc and it is in a cartridge.....I assume I can somehow open that cartridge and take the disc out to go in my LG Multi-DVD writer ??

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    I have an LG DVD-RW that can record to RAM discs. I didn't seen any use in it,, but I'm curious now.
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    iirc one advantage of dvd-ram is it can read and write at same time. as in timeshifting video.

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