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Can someone tell me, if I have a DVDRW+/- can I use this drive to burn CDR's?
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by:sunray_2003
ID: 11681169
most likely sure YES ..

what model number and manufacturer ?

SR
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by:aijmexico
ID: 11681187
I hav'nt bought it yet it is going to be external for my laptop.

Thanks for your help
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sunray_2003 earned 750 total points
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When you get one , it would be surely put on the outside of the box whether it will write CDR or not.. there would be no doubt abt it

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by:Callandor
ID: 11681349
If it's external, it probably will be USB.  The question is, does your laptop support the USB that the drive will need?  USB 2.0 would be desirable, but unless you have a recent laptop, you won't have a USB 2.0 port, and if you want to add one, you will need a cardbus PCMCIA adapter.  You can't add cardbus capability to a laptop that doesn't have it built in.
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by:grblades
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Hi sunray_2003,
I have never known a DVD+/- not to be able to write to CDR
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by:sunray_2003
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Al,

Not sure if I understand your comment. The user just wants to know if a DVD writer can write CDR.. Is there any specific reason why you have commented about USB port. He said he is going to get an external one to use in a laptop..
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by:Callandor
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As far as I know, all external DVD drives are USB (there may be a Firewire one, but I'm not aware of it).  Just a precaution, and not the answer to this question, but it will likely become a question.
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by:Arl
ID: 11682135
Hi,

yes, just like the previous comment...

But, if we want a precision, the USB1.1 speed will allow a maximum of 8x theoritical, and the USB2.0 the maximum of the burner speed.

But yes, any DVD burner is also a CD/burner.

This is just about the size of burning point size, the light from a DVD laser has a smaller
wavelength (640 nanometres) than the light from the laser in a CD player (780 nanometres), which allows the DVD laser to focus on the smaller DVD pits, and to have a beter storage space.

Do you need some other precision Aijmexico ?
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by:sunray_2003
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>> all external DVD drives are USB

Oh.. I got a sony one recently and it has USB , Firewire 400 and 800.  
I didnot know all had only USB , well never researched much on that tho
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by:Arl
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yes, but all first generation of external DVD is using the USB...
I can make a mistake, but I think I have quite good (can be good to know if I m true :-) )knowledge on this kind of drive.
I guess Firewire is more targetting Apple laptop...
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by:Callandor
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If you have a recent high-end laptop for media creation, you may have Firewire or USB 2.0 or both.  None of the older ones had it.
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by:TheTinkeringToad
ID: 11684510
Your best place for the definitive answer on this is the Manufacturers manual or website
All drives made have a listing of what they are capable of.
As i can not determine if you are getting a old dvdrw or a new one. Some of the oldest ones may not have had that capability though im not sure about that but it is possible.
Go to the mfg website and look up the stats on the model number. There you will find you answer.
It does not matter if you use firewire of usb or any other form of communication to the drive. That has no real affect on if the drive will write to a cdr.
Only what the drive is capable of will determine that and as stated you will find that information in either manual for the drive or the mfgs website. On a last note i have never seen a dvdrw that can not write to a cdr.
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by:Invalidlogin
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I haven't seen a dvd r not burn cdr's

Good Luck
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