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A digital versatile disk random access memory (DVD-RAM) drive is a rewritable and erasable optical disc drive specified by the DVD Forum in 1996. It is a media storage device used in computers, camcorders and personal video recorders.
The original DVD-RAM disks had an enclosed cartridge, which made it difficult to fit them into DVD-ROM drives and DVD players. As such, a DVD-RAM drive was required in order to use a DVD-RAM disk. Modern DVD-RAM disks can be used without a cartridge in any DVD device that supports a DVD-RAM format.
DVD-RAM is a DVD optical disk storage technology on which data can be continually read, erased and written. It provides exceptional data integrity, data retention and damage protection and can be used for basic data storage, archiving data and data backup.
Most operating systems, such as Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS 8.6, support DVD-RAM directly. However, earlier Windows versions required a device driver or InCD software. Several stand-alone DVD systems do not support DVD-RAM but there are many DVD device manufacturers within the DVD-RAM Promotion Group (RAMPRG) that do support this format. The newer DVD-RAM2 is not backward compatible with DVD drives that do not support DVD-RAM2 disks specifically.
The DVD-RAM has several features: