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Thursday, January 3rd, 2002
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Wow. I just renewed in <5 minutes. Perhaps verisign fixed network-solutions!

Now I'm off to compusa in the hopes that they will have dvd-rw media.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-01-03 12:25 pm (UTC)
What DVD-RW drive do you have?
Does it work with Linux and/or *BSD?
What's the capacity/speed?

This is something I'm curious about for backing up LJ data, perhaps.

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From: thedexter
2002-01-03 12:39 pm (UTC)

I think I remember him mentioning it was a Pioneer something, but. Looking at the DVD FAQ...

DVD-R 1.0 (12 cm, SS/SL) 3.68 gig (3.95 BB)
DVD-R 2.0 (12 cm, SS/SL) 4.37 gig (4.70 BB)
DVD-RW 2.0 (12 cm, SS/SL) 4.37 gig (4.70 BB)
DVD-RAM 1.0 (12 cm, SS/SL) 2.40 gig (2.58 BB)
DVD-RAM 2.0 (12 cm, SS/SL) 4.37 gig (4.70 BB)

Where SS/SL is Single Side/Single Layer.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2002-01-03 01:59 pm (UTC)
I have a Pioneer DVR-A03, which does DVD-R and DVD-RW, and CD-R and CD-RW.

I did get it working in Linux for free, here's how (thanks dex) I'm not sure if the free dvd patch works in *BSD. I think FreeBSD has DVD support, so it might. If not, you can pay Jörg Schilling $100 for the commercial version of cdrecord-prodvd, which will work anywhere cdrecord does.

On this drive, DVD-R is 2x (2760KB/s) and DVD-RW is 1x (1380KB/s). The one DVD I've burnt so far was 3.6G and took a little over an hour.

The process is pretty much exactly like burning a CD. Since nothing requires you to use udf, it's easy to use mkisofs and more compatible that way.

Seems like a good backup medium to me. It's supposed to last over 100 years, although they can't possibly know that because DVD hasn't been around for 100 years.
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