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Posted: 4/11/2006 12:42:05 PM EDT
What's the difference between all the diferent computer disc's?

I need to burn some pictures and video's to disc & have no idea what kind of disc's to get.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:44:25 PM EDT
Basically, the difference between CD-Rs and DVD-Rs is storage capacity. CD-Rs will hold 700MB, while DVD-Rs will hold about 4.5GB, and dual-layer DVD-Rs will hold about twice that.

The most important question is, "What kind of burner do you have?"
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:45:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 12:45:55 PM EDT by Shrike9]

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch: The most important question is, "What kind of burner do you have?"


Heck if I know, it's a Del 8400 computer, how can I find out what the burner is?
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:49:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:49:20 PM EDT
start-my computer-does it say DVD-r drive, dvd drive or cd drive?
What does the front of the drive say??
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:52:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:53:08 PM EDT
The compatible formats are usually marked on the front of the drive. The model would certainly be helpful, but it might not be there. If there isn't anything there, you'll have to pop your case open and look on the drive (probably on the top). There should be a label with the manufacturer and model number.

Dell 8400, huh? Looks like a recent model, judging from Dell's website. It's probably a DVD burner, but the only way to really be sure is to find the model number of the drive.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:55:48 PM EDT
On the tray front one says DVD/rom and the other one says Compact Disc ReWritable Ultra Speed.

Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:57:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Shrike9:
On the tray front one says DVD/rom and the other one says Compact Disc ReWritable Ultra Speed.




You can read DVDs, but only write to CD-R or CD-RW then.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 12:58:36 PM EDT
From the device manager it says:

Samsong DVD-ROM SD616E and
Sony CD-RW CRX-216E
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:00:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Shrike9:
From the device manager it says:

Samsong DVD-ROM SD616E and
Sony CD-RW CRX-216E


Yep, read only DVD
Read/write CDRW's
You need blank cd's
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:00:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By billclo: You can read DVDs, but only write to CD-R or CD-RW then.


Does this mean I can't record video??

What brand CD-R's, or are they all the same & the el cheapo wally world special ones ok?

Can ya tell I'm computer stupid
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:01:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lordtrader:

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:
start-my computer-does it say DVD-r drive, dvd drive or cd drive?



That's another way of doing it.



Not on mine. If I look at My Computer it shows my DVD burner as "Compact Disc".

Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:04:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 1:05:22 PM EDT by out-a-ammo]

Originally Posted By Shrike9:

Originally Posted By billclo: You can read DVDs, but only write to CD-R or CD-RW then.


Does this mean I can't record video??

What brand CD-R's, or are they all the same & the el cheapo wally world special ones ok?

Can ya tell I'm computer stupid




You can put the video files on disk, or you can burn VCD (Video CD) and play them in your DVD player if it is compatible, but you will only get about an hour's worth of video with VCD.


Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:20:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2006 1:21:16 PM EDT by billclo]
CD-R/W means you get 700mb of storage, versus more with a DVD. Most DVD players will play stuff in the VCD format, and the newer ones can play many more formats. AVI, MPEG, WMV. Check the manual for your DVD players to see what they can play back.


I'd skip the el-cheapo brands. Try to get Taiyo Yuden disks; they are widely considered the best.

About 50 Cents each if you get 50+.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 1:56:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Shrike9:

Originally Posted By billclo: You can read DVDs, but only write to CD-R or CD-RW then.


Does this mean I can't record video??

What brand CD-R's, or are they all the same & the el cheapo wally world special ones ok?

Can ya tell I'm computer stupid



Yes but only small ones as a Video CD.

If it is larger than 700MB it won't fit.
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