DVD-RAM discs

Ioannis Vranos ivranos at freemail.gr
Thu Apr 17 12:55:07 UTC 2008

Markus Schönhaber wrote:
> Ioannis Vranos wrote:
>> OS: Ubuntu 7.10 x86.
> [...]
>> The above site mentions that Linux supports DVD-RAM discs out of the
>> box. Has anyone any experience on using DVD-RAM discs on Ubuntu? They
>> look like a useful technology and such discs are sold in a local store.
> What exactly do you want to know?
> Since the defect management of DVD-RAMs is supposed to be superior to
> other CD/DVD media they seem to be suitable for backups. And that's
> exactly what I use them for: to backup files I want to be able to easily
> carry with me or store away.

Basically I want to use them as fast portable media, like the old Iomega
ZIP Drives for example.

> Vanilla kernels prior to 2.6.22 contained a limitation in the UDF driver
> which didn't allow you to write files > 1GB. This limitation was a
> workaround for a bug in even older kernels where writing files > 1GB
> could screw your data.
> But since you're on Gutsy this is not a problem.
> Whether previous Ubuntu kernels did contain a fix wrt this limitation, I
> don't know.
> What I consider most annoying wrt DVD-RAMs is the fact that most modern
> burners are able to write DVD-RAMs with 8x, 10x or even higher speed,
> but where I live it's next to impossible to buy media certified for more
> than 3x.

Yes, unfortunately I checked the web site of my local store and it has
DVD-RAMs 2x-3x, and my recorder supports 12x for them.

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list