An optical drive is a kind of drive that can read (and usually write) optical media like CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray discs.

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How are commercial DVD's burned? [closed]

I'm not talking about the DVD-R's here. When you buy retail software and DVD movies from the store for example, how is that DVD burned onto the original disc? What would I need if I want to burn those ...
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How do I remove a MyBook's “WD SmartWare” virtual CD from my desktop?

I recently got a Western Digital MyBook external hard drive to enable Time Machine. It has its software installed on a "virtual CD" called "WD SmartWare" which shows up on the desktop any time the ...
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Will there ever be faster CD and DVD discs and writers?

I was thinking about the fact that in the last years I have never seen CDs and DVDs supporting writing/reading speeds higher than 52X and 16X, respectively. Is this a commercial choice (i.e. ...
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Does a scratched DVD result in lost data, and how do I fix a scratched DVD?

Does a scratched DVD result in lost data? How do I fix a scratched DVD?
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Is it safe to use a regular marker (Sharpie, etc.) to write on a CD-R disc?

In the past I've used a special CD-R marker to write on CD-R's. But I'm wondering if it's OK to just use a regular felt-tip marker (Sharpie, etc.). (Obviously, a pen that you have to use pressure ...
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Disable CD eject button on Windows laptop

Most laptops have a CD eject that is very sensitive, and placed such that it regularly gets triggered when handling the laptop. This is in particular a problem (for clumsy-handed me) when picking up ...
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How can I find what /dev my DVD-drive is?

I'm on Mac OS X, have a DVD in the DVD-drive and can look at it in the Finder. I'd like to try to create an iso of it by using the dd command. But to do that I need to know what device to use as an ...
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How do I disable DVD auto eject in Windows 7?

I just discovered an incredibly annoying "feature" of Windows 7 tonight. If you click on your optical drive in Explorer, and there is no disc in the drive, Windows 7 is kind enough to open the tray ...
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Change drive letter for CD drive on Windows 7

How to change the drive letter for CD drive on Windows 7? I want to map network location to the letter that is currently used by my CD drive.
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Windows won't release lock on drive tray after burning a disc

I have two bluray drives of the same exact model and brand installed in my computer. I occasionally like to use either of them to burn CDs or DVDs using various software (Windows Media Player 12, ...
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How does a computer know which CD/DVDs to boot from?

What actually happens when a user reboots his or her system with an OS disk (or other bootable disk) in the CD/DVD drive? For example, when I put in my OS installation CD and start the computer up, ...
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disable cd/dvd button on linux laptop (ubuntu)

My todler is continuosly pushing the cd/dvd button and trying to destroy the tray. I know it should be possible to let her life harder, disabling the eject button. How to do that? This is ubuntu ...
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A disk is stuck in my slot-loading Dell Studio Hybrid. How can I get it out?

The slot-loading optical drive in my Dell Studio Hybrid has been acting up. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it churns and makes some unpleasant sounds. Now I can't even get it to eject the disc ...
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What are typical drive lifetimes?

Can anyone tell me about the lifetime of drives (floppy, hard disk, CD, DVD, flash...)?
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What does Verify disc after burning actually do to verify the data?

I imagine it is some kind of comparison between the original files and the files that have been burned on the disc, but does anybody know how it is really done at a low level? I mean, does it create ...
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Disable CD-ROM in BIOS

I have a Lenovo T420 laptop. The reason I want to disable the CD-ROM is because when moving the laptop, I often unintentionally press the eject button, which turns on CD-ROM's power and pops the tray ...
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How does a CD drive know where to look on a CD?

How does a CD drive know where data is on a CD, for example if the computer asks for data at a certain location, how does the reader know physically where that is on the disc? Is there some decided ...
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Laptop: replace optical drive with an SSD or other hard disk. Is it possible?

Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive drive? I have a Asus N61J laptop, I have seen some sites on the web that advertise this procedure for Apple notebooks. I would prefer not to have an ...
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Can you paint on the label side of a CD? If so, what kinds of paint would be safe for the drives?

I sometimes make demo CDs for artists as a kind of sideline from maintaining their websites. While working on one of these demo discs, I began to wonder whether it was possible for an artist to paint ...
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How to enable a CD/DVD drive? It is not listed in “My Computer”

I just got a laptop from a friend. The CD/DVD drive is not present in "My Computer". But the tray comes out when I press the button and everything. I remember long time ago, enabling it by changing ...
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Windows 7 Can't read Disks

last week my DVD drive failed (or so i thought) i ordered a new one and fitted it today only to find that the same problem still persists. I have 2 DVD drives, the new one thats a SATA DVD/RW and an ...
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How can I copy files from a scratched CD/DVD?

I have so far tried the following software solutions without success. Windows Explorer Copy (default) TeraCopy Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier Unstoppable Copier stops copying as a whole, it keeps ...
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Slot load DVD burner options for standard desktop case

I need a new DVD burner (internal) for my father-in-law's computer. He's apparently broken the current one - he forgot to push the tray back in after doing something and hit it with his chair. Given ...
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Laptop DVD Drive Slow When Reading CD/DVD ROM Discs But Not R/RW Discs

in one of my previous questions I had trouble with my laptop reading some CD's so I eventually replaced the CD/DVD combo drive with a second-hand one from ebay. I researched the drive I had to make ...
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Sound output connector on CD-ROM drive?

My old CD reader has a volume knob and a minijack socket on the front. On the back it has the regular stuff (IDE interface, Molex power) plus a digital sound connector (DG) and an analog sound ...
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Is there a program to enable/disable a computer's DVD-ROM drive with a mouse click?

Frequently I have a DVD-disk left in the DVD-ROM drive, which I am kind of reluctant to take out. I have Windows-7 OS which freezes constanly checking on that disk. I do not need that constant ...
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Computer won't boot from a bootable DVD

My friend gave me his old computer that used to have WinXP on it. I'm trying to load Win7 on it and I thought there was something wrong because it wouldn't boot off a bootable disc, even though I ...
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SATA-II motherboard and drives but only connected at SATA-I

I have an Abit AB9 QuadGT motherboard which has a SATA-II controller. Connected to it I have a Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB as boot drive and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 as a data drive. I also ...
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USB to USB CD ROM emulator

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a CDROM emulator that runs on Linux. I want to emulate this configuration: [CDROM DRIVE]----USB CABLE----[COMPUTER UNDER TEST] Where [COMPUTER UNDER TEST] is a ...
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Is there a lifespan for a dvd rom drive?

Specifically a liteon dvd multi recorder. Which can burn and read dvd's. Is there a specific number of burns which you can use? And after that, the burner will no longer work? Do you know of any ...
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Windows XP Disc: corrupt or not corrupt?

I just finished one of my builds and am trying to install Windows XP onto it. Here are the specs beforehand... Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 2.4 GHz (512KB L2, 533MHz FSB) QDI Superb 4 Motherboard 2x ...
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What type of SATA cable should I buy?

I've bought a new optical drive. It's a Samsung SH-S223C with SATA connection (see the below image). Since it is OEM with no box, no cable came with it, so I need two cables now. Since I have an extra ...
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Can a scratched CD/DVD harm to DVD drive's laser head?

Long time ago, during the days I own my first computer in 2001, I heard that scratched CD/DVD can harm to the laser head of the DVD drives. Is it true? Is it even true for today's DVD drives? I've ...
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DVD/CD-ROM drives stop working in Windows 7

All of a sudden Windows 7 (64 bit) lost all DVD and CD-ROM drives. It worked fine for about a month, then I don't know what happened. At first I thought it was a hardware problem - that my DVD-ROM ...
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In Windows 7, can an optical drive be made “Drive A:” ?

Can I change my CD/DVD Rom drive letter to "A" in Windows 7? Will it hurt anything if I do? Currently it's set to "R".
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Can my DVD burner write “Dual Layer” disks?

Is there a generic way to find out if a dvd-burner can burn dual layer dvd's without trying and potential waste a disk? Right now it's this drive I'm wondering about but I'd like a solution that ...
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Disc drive busy on MacBook, with disc stuck inside

I have a white MacBook, running Snow Leopard, 10.6.3 with the latest updates. I popped in a DVD that the system failed to mount. I did not see any conspicuous errors. As a result of this failure, the ...
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What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?

What is the best way to clean your dvd-burner?
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How to troubleshoot “The device is not ready.” error in Windows XP

No matter what disc I put in the DVD-ROM drive, I get: C:\>d: The device is not ready. When I put in the disc, it spins up and you can hear it reading the disc. I've tried a couple different ...
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DVD drive only reads original disks

Something odd happened to my DVD drive about a year ago. It won't read any blank disks - only original ones. I tried cleaning the lens, but it didn't help. What should I do? It's an old drive, but it ...
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Recover badly recorded DVDs

A few years ago (2003-2005) I bought a Sony USB external DVD recorder for my Dell laptop and I used it to burn a lot of discs. Much later, when I tried to use one of these discs, I realised that I ...
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Destroying optical discs (that aren't re-writable) with a CD burner

Is it possible to use a CD burner to destroy data on a disc? I believe this would be possible with a re-writable disc, but would there be a way to 'force' the drive to write random data with the laser ...
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BD-ROM Drive suddenly appeared in My Computer

Today I noticed that a "BD-ROM Drive" appears in My Computer. I do not remember installing anything that would've done that. What could've caused this?
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Can't see DVD drive in Windows 8 Developer Preview

After installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) on my PC, I can no longer see my DVD drive. What could be wrong? My PC specifications: Gigabyte GA-EP41T-UD3L (G41) motherboard Samsung DVD ...
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What Does It Mean When DVD-RW Drives Only Read CDs?

So, I have a really strange hardware problem with a laptop optical drive where it can read any CD, but no DVD (I am sure this is not a region encoding issue, despite being a French-bought laptop). ...
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Will an external USB DVD writer perform the same like an internal SATA DVD Writer?

Will an external USB DVD writer perform the same like Internal SATA DVD Writer? I'm going to purchase a new PC with a very sleek cabinet. If I buy an external USB DVD writer will it perform the same ...
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Can I rename my CD or DVD drive?

I have 7 CD drives. Currently I'm writing the CDs using NTI Media Maker. The problem is that all drives have weird name like HL DVD-RW S224. It is very hard to find which drive is which. Is there ...
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Software to manually lock an optical drive door

My toddler likes to come up and push the buttons on my PC when I'm trying to work from home, and sometimes he gets the CD or DVD drive open and nearly breaks it by pulling on the door. Is there some ...
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“Boot from CD” waits for ever?

THE PAST I have a Windows 2003 system that for a long time has had a CD drive with a non-bootable CD stuck in it (it's really stuck - the paperclip trick does not work) The boot sequence included ...
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Optical drive noise on Windows 8 Pro upgrade

I upgraded my Computer to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Professional, and I noticed that the optical drive (Pioneer BD-ROM BDC-202) started making a strange noise. This is what happened: I downloaded ...