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Create your own home movies on DVD, backup your DVD collection, or use to backup your hard drive, for whatever reason go buy one now. A DVD writer is used for exactly what it is named for, writing DVD's.

Lets explain the formats. DVD writers come in several formats. DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM.

So which do you buy ? Lets explain the different types :

DVD-R/RW - This is the first format that was compatible with home DVD players. This drive would be the more popular, although not as technologically advanced as the DVD+R/RW drives this format is ruling the market and is supported by 92% of DVD-rom drives and DVD players..

DVD+R/RW - This is the more technologically advanced drive. Supported by Microsoft in their next version of Windows, this drive format is getting more popular, but is slightly less compatible than its friend the DVD-R/RW drives, it comes in at 87%.

DVD-RAM - This format is out years, but unfortunately is better suited for large backups of your Harddrive. Do not buy if you want to backup your DVD collection, or make home DVD's.



So what do you buy, well luckily enough in today's market you can remove the decision making and just buy a drive that support DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. The DVD-RAM drives are no good unless you wish to backup, but even then I would consider buying a 2nd hard drive first.

So which drive do you buy ?

At time of writing we recommend the Pioneer DVRA06 Internal DVD Writer. A very reliable and fast drive, supporting both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW formats, plus it is a CD-writer also. Of course this article will eventually date, so always look for the highest speed, duel compatible drive. 



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