If you have a legacy PD unit (Phasewriter Dual) from Toray or Panasonic, or other of their units under another name, now is the time to update to DVD-RAM from Panasonic

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The Panasonic DVD-RAM units can read all your old PD disks.

The new 5.2 GB DVD-RAM disks cost the same as the old PD disks but hold over 8 times more data.

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The legacy PD format held 650 MB, since it also was basically a CD disk inside a protective shell.

PD players could read and write PD disks as well as CD.

PD technology was not very popular. PD players could interfere with your regular CD player if you already had a CD unit.

Macintosh OS 7.6 could still read and write PD disks, but we are unsure whether Mac OS 8.5 or 8.6 can handle this legacy format.

A rule of thumb is to be prepared to move all your images every 5 years to the newest technology. Your disks may last 30 years, but there will be no drivers for your players in 30 years. Just remember what happened to those 5 inch and 8 inch floppy drives? The floppies may last forever, but where can you find a computer that can play them?

This is why today is a good time to move up to DVD-RAM. Because DVD-RAM is now well tested, and because units have now dropped in price, you can look forward to several years of availability of players and media.



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