DVD Burners are used to both read and write to DVDs & CDs. Most DVD writers today can read and write to all types of DVD media - including DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, etc. These drives have become standard on desktops and laptops because of their excellent cost and the ability to play movies, write large media files, and compatibility with standalone DVD players.
FAQ & Section Info
Do I need a DVD Drive?
Internal DVD Drives or DVD burners are generally a low-cost piece of hardware that add functionality for your PC that, while seemingly out of date, is still a widely used technology. You'll be able to create hardcopy backups to store on DVD-R and DVD-RW discs, or share memorable home videos or picture albums, not to mention you'll be able to watch your entire DVD movie collection on your PC. This might pretty handy if you're family entertainment center is otherwise indisposed to something not as palatable to your tastes. Having a DVD drive also allows you to install your operating system and other software that you have on disc.
How fast can a DVD drive write onto a disc?
DVD Drives write onto different disc types at different speeds. A DVD writer at 1x speed will be able to write 1.32GMB/s. Fortunately, most DVD drives today are able to write at speeds of 16x or higher, 16x being 21.13MB/s. DVD optical drives will have differing max writing speeds for different disc types as well. The featured writing speed is the highest possible writing speed, often for the DVD±R disc type. Other disc types, such as DVD-RW or DVD-ROM, will have slower write speeds. the possible downside to higher write speeds is that the process could lose writing quality. Read speeds differ among disc types as well.
What is an External DVD Drive?
A USB DVD RW burners works with your laptop or desktop computer. With external dvd drives you can plug the drive in via USB so no internal installation required. These drives connect via Get the external DVD drive you need here at OutletPC. We carry a number of external DVD burners and external DVD readers that fit every need - these are especially useful for portables that don't support optical media or Windows installations on a computer that doesn't have an internal drive in it.