DVD-ROM

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DVD-ROM:

see digital versatile discdigital versatile disc
or digital video disc
(DVD), a small plastic disc used for the storage of digital data. The successor media to the compact disc (CD), a DVD can have more than 100 times the storage capacity of a CD.
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DVD-ROM

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DVD-ROM

DVD-ROM

A read-only DVD disc used to permanently store data files. DVD-ROM discs are widely used to distribute large software applications that exceed the capacity of a CD-ROM disc. DVD-ROM discs are read in DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM drives in computers, but typically not in DVD drives connected to TVs and home theater systems. However, most DVD-ROM drives will play DVD movie discs.

In practice, the term "DVD" refers to all DVD formats. The phrase "insert the installation DVD" really means "insert the installation DVD-ROM." See DVD, DVD storage capacities, DVD drives, DVD-Video and optical disc.
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The problem for Pioneer--if indeed it turns out to be a problem--can be traced to the fact that some DVD-ROMs and DVD-Video disks are manufactured with two data layers.
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We have created a specification that is physically compatible with dual-layer, replicated DVD-ROMs, and have added defect management in such a way hat it will not impact the logical constraints of read-only drives," said Sharron Viger.
But only DVD-R disks that are formatted to mimic DVD-ROMs can be read in DVD-ROM drives--not DVD-R disks that are `packet-written.