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120 mm (4,7 Gbytes per side) and 80 mm (1,46 Gbytes per side) DVD rewritable disk (DVD-RAM)

3rd edition, June 2005

This Ecma Standard specifies the mechanical, physical and optical characteristics of an optical disk, identified as DVD Rewritable Disk (DVD-RAM), to enable interchange of such disks. It specifies the quality of the recorded signals, the format of the data and the recording method, thereby allowing for information interchange by means of such disks. The data can be written, read and overwritten many times using the phase change method. Two Types are specified that differ only by their diameter of 120 mm and 80 mm, and the resulting difference of capacity.

This Ecma Standard specifies:

  • two related but different Types of this disk (see clause 7),
  • the conditions for conformance,
  • the environments in which the disk is to be tested, operated and stored,
  • the mechanical, physical and dimensional characteristics of the disk, so as to provide mechanical interchange between data processing systems,
  • the format of the information on the disk, including the physical disposition of the tracks and sectors, the error correcting codes and the coding method,
  • the characteristics of the signals recorded on the disk, thus enabling data processing systems to read the data from the disk.

This Ecma Standard provides for the interchange of disks between optical disk drives. Together with a standard for volume and file structure, it provides for full data interchange between data processing systems. The optical disks specified by this Ecma Standard may be enclosed in cases as specified in Standard ECMA-331.

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CategoryData interchange – optical disks and cartridges

SubcategoryOptical disks and cartridges

Technical CommitteeTC31

ISO/IEC number17592


  • ECMA-330, 1st edition, December 2001Download
  • ECMA-330, 2nd edition, June 2002Download