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DVD-R vs. CD-R

DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc. DVD-R is the readable digital video disc that once writes and is played again and again. The media stored on such disc is once written. These are the portable DVDs which can be played again and again but cannot be written again. CD stands for Compact Disc. CD-R refers to the compact discs which are written at first then can be read only. R for both discs indicate that they are recordable only. CD is the older version and DVD is its latest form. The major difference between both of them is the storage space. CD can contain up to 700 megabytes of recordable data, whereas a DVD is able of having up to 4.7 gigabytes

Key Differences

CD-R can store a maximum of 700 megabytes data on it.
Aimie Carlson
Mar 14, 2017
CD-R stands for Compact Disc Recordable
DVD-R stands for Digital Versatile Disc Recordable
DVD-R can store media up to 4.7 gigabytes on it
DVD-R is the modern and most widely used currently.
Samantha Walker
Mar 14, 2017
CDR-R is the pioneer and the first optical disc with such large permanent storage capacity.
Janet White
Mar 14, 2017
CD-R can be played on DVD drives and DVD players.

Comparison Chart


DVD-R stands for Recordable Digital Versatile Disc or can be written as Digital Versatile Disc Recordable only.
CD-R stands for the Recordable Compact Disc or also be written as Compact Disc Recordable only.


DVD is the modern form of CD. It is the most effective and effect optical disc. It is able of recording the data once then that data becomes permanent on it and can be played again and again.
It is the first kind of optical disc in itself. It is the first compact disc regarding optical storage and was a pioneer regarding unleashing the path of other modern optical based storage devices. CD-R is a compact disc that is written first and the data saved is permanent and can be retrieved or played again.


A simple DVD-R possess the ability to store the media or data of 4.7 gigabytes on it. Data is packed tightly with it, providing more storage capacity than CDs.
A simple CD-R has the capacity of storing a maximum of 700 megabytes of data on it. Data is packed loosely on it thus providing less storage capacity.


DVD-R used for storing more amount of media on it as it possesses maximum storage capacity than all rest optical discs. Used for storing music, media, and other stuff.
For storing less data, efficient retrieval of data, compatibility, Can be played on various drives even on the DVD drive.
Janet White
Mar 14, 2017

DVD-R and CD-R Definitions


A recordable compact disk; a compact disc on which you can write only once and thereafter is read-only.


A compact disc on which you can write only once and thereafter is read-only memory

What is DVD-R?

DVD stands for the Digital Versatile Disc. It is modern and one of the best optical storage disc. DVD-R specifically is the kind of DVD that is written initially, or we can say recorded at once. The data recorded on it is then saved permanently on it and can be retrieved and played again and again by inserting the disc into DVD-based drives and players. DVD is the modern form of CD (Compact Disc). DVD-R or even a simple kind of DVD possess the ability to store up to 4.7 gigabytes (GB) of data or media on it. The size of the DVD is similar to CD, but capacity is way much more as compared to CD. That is because the data recorded or written on the DVD is tightly packed enabling more data to come and fit on the disc.

What is CD-R?

CD stands for the Compact Disc. It is the most common type of optical storage based disc that is used to store media on it such as video, music, and movie. CD-R is the common type of compact disc which is recorded once at first, and then the data is stored permanently on it. The media stored once can be played again and again. It can also be copied and retrieved. It is the pioneer optical storage disc, which totally changes the storage concept and make way for more advanced mediums and discs such as DVD. The compact disc is best for storing less capacity of data. CD-R can store up to 700 megabytes of data. The best thing about CD-R is that it can be played by the drives that are not specifically are for CD. DVD drives and DVD players can also play all kind of CDs on them.

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