DVD for Data Storage FAQ

DVD-DATA List Page

The DVD-DATA listserv mailing list has been created to encourage discussion about DVD technology as used for DATA STORAGE.

These topics are recommended for the DVD-DATA list:

If you are interested in VIDEO applications this is NOT the correct list. Check out the DVD-L list.

DVD for Data Storage FAQ

Subscribing to the DVD-DATA list

Sending messages to the DVD-DATA list

Cancelling your subscription to DVD-DATA

DVD Video

DVD-DATA List Archives

Questions about the DVD-DATA list

Subscribing to the DVD-DATA list

To subscribe, compose an e-mail message on the system that you wish to receive your subscription with no subject line and the following as the text of your message:

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Send it to:


After the listserver software receives your subscription request it will send you a confirmation message. You must respond to the message indicating that you wish to subscribe. Then you are subscribed and will receive additional information about the list.

Sending messages to the DVD-DATA list

Once you are subscribed, you can send messages to all other subscribers on the list by sending them to:


Make sure you are sending from the SAME e-mail account that you subscribed from, or your message will be bounced back to you.

Cancelling your subscription to the DVD-DATA list

If you wish to cancel your subscription to the DVD-DATA list, compose an e-mail message with no subject line and the following as the text of your message:


Send it to:


Make sure you are sending from the SAME e-mail account that you subscribed from, or your message will be bounced back to you and the subscription will not be cancelled.

A note about the two addresses

Make sure to send list commands (subscribing, unsubscribing, changing your subscription, etc.) only to listserv@listserv.temple.edu.

Send messages for other subscribers to dvd-data@listserv.temple.edu.

Interested in DVD Video?

Discussions about DVD Video should be directed to the sister DVD-L list. This includes topics about recording, editing, and copying DVD Video using computer equipment. For more informaton about the DVD Video list, visit:


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Questions About the DVD-DATA list?

The list manager of the DVD-DATA list is Ray Lauff (ray@temple.edu).

The list cheerleader for the DVD-DATA list is Steve Rothman (stard@tiac.net).

And if you have questions about DVD for data storage? Ask 'em on the list!

DVD for Data Storage FAQ

1. Where can I get more information about DVD for Data Storage?

1.a The DVD Frequently Asked Questions List

The best single source of general information on DVD is the DVD Frequently Asked Questions list.

A section of the DVD FAQ is specifically about Recordable DVD.

1.b Some other sources

DVD Forum (the official DVD standards organization)

DVD+RW page (the Sony, Philips, H-P format)

Compact Disc Homepage DVD Information

InfoStor article on Writable DVD Market

2. Who are the manufacturers of writable DVD drives and media?

2.a DVD-R (sales started in Spring 1998)

Pioneer: DVR-S101

2.b DVD-RAM (sales started in Summer 1998)

Hitachi: GF-1000, G-1050, GF-1055

Matsushita/Panasonic: LF-D101U

Toshiba: SD-W1001

2.c DVD+RW (aka "+RW") (projected for 1999)

Hewlett-Packard: press release

Philips: press release

Sony: press release

2.d DVD-RW (projected for 1999?)

Pioneer: press release

2.e others

NEC: MMVF (nothing on web site)

3. Retailers for writable DVD drives and media


Inception: Pioneer DVD-R


AOpen: DVD-520S (wholesaler)


Creative: Creative PC-DVD RAM

The Creative PC-DVD RAM is intended for Windows 95/98. But Todd Buchanan's web site describes how it can be installed on a Macintosh clone as well.

Digital Connection: DVD-520S

Inception: Panasonic DVD-RAM

LaCie: LaCie DVD-RAM

4. Who sells writable DVD jukeboxes, libraries


Luminex (along with their own integrated drivers for various OS)

NSM Jukebox


5. Software support for writable DVD


Smart Storage: SmartCD (NT only)

Software Architects: Write UDF! (Windows 95/98)


Software Architects: DVD-RAM TuneUp

Commercial Unix

iXOS Jukeman


Smart Storage

Tracer Technologies


DVD-RAM patch (not UDF)

Linux UDF info



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