How to use dvd-rw dvdr & dvd-r

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How to use dvd-rw dvdr & dvd-r
DVD-RW discs can be recorded and erased multiple times. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Advances in home computer technology have made it possible to record movies and other data onto a blank disc. Whether making copies of your favourite film, storing photographs onto a backup disc, or transferring miscellaneous data, PC DVD burners make data reproduction and storage easy. However, there are several variations of DVD discs. DVD-R stands for Digital Video Disc-Recordable, meaning that data can be recorded once and only once. DVD-RW stands for Digital Video Disc Re-Write, whereby the disc can be recorded, erased, and rewritten numerous times. Note that DVD-R and DVDR are synonymous; however, DVD+R signifies a different variation altogether.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Insert the blank disc in the DVD-RW or DVD-R drive.

  2. 2

    Open the folder that corresponds to that drive, which will be blank if burning for the first time.

  3. 3

    Drag and drop desired files from the computer hard drive (or other drives) to the DVD drive. The drive will automatically copy the files.

  4. 4

    Delete burnt files from DVD-RW drives by highlighting the file and clicking delete or right-clicking and sending to the Recycle Bin. Remember that only DVD-RW discs can be rewritten.

  5. 5

    Double-click (or right-click and select "Play" or "Open") on the burnt files to use your DVD-RW or DVD-R discs.

Tips and warnings

  • It is illegal to copy movies that you do not own and it is illegal in any situation to copy with the intent of selling the movie.

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