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Optical Drives - Burner vs. Drive

Hey Guys!

I know Optical Drives are sort of dying components and not all PCs use them anymore, but I wanted to know what the terminology of them means.

Is it a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Drive can read the disc format and the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Burner can write onto it? Or is it something else? And what are decent speeds for optical drives? They connect by SATA, correct?

I have much more questions, so any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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    yes, you are spot on. aside from bluray, (meaning dvd/cd) drives nowadays are read/write already. i dont think i have seen optical drives for sale that cannot write, not anymore. Bluray is different of course, since a writer for that is still expensive
  2. Cons29 said:
    yes, you are spot on. aside from bluray, (meaning dvd/cd) drives nowadays are read/write already. i dont think i have seen optical drives for sale that cannot write, not anymore. Bluray is different of course, since a writer for that is still expensive


    Thanks for the quick response!

    Ya I couldn't imaging any OD not having the ability to write/read a DVD or a CD... What do the specs of an OD mean? And what are good performing speeds and such for them?
  3. i have not checked lately, but the higher the "X" is, the faster it writes.
    years ago, buffer memory was important, it helps you prevent those ruined dvd's i think. maybe its not an issue anymore.
    you can write a little slower maybe to be safer. you could also get an extra hdd, and save your files there.
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