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Can DVD RW drives write CD disks?

I have a workstation with a cdrw drive and a dvd rw drive. I read and write both CD's and DVD's. My cdrw has failed. With prices of top of the line DVD drives so low I am thinking I should buy one to replace the dead cd. My question is this: Will the dvd writer write a CD just as well as a cd writer does the job?
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kingdingathingCommented:
Yes DVD drives also write cds...
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kingdingathingCommented:
If your only burning data, windows XP can burn directly without software. Drag and drop your files onto the drive in My computer and click the button write to disc. Win 7 can do the same but also writes data to DVD ..nifty new feature :)

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Need-a-ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
kingdingathing...But does it write a CD "AS WELL" as a cd writer would??
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kingdingathingCommented:
Yes..try it out :)
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Need-a-Clue  ==>  Yes, DVD-R/W drives write CD's just as well as a dedicated CD-R/W drive ... because they are IDENTICAL in their operation when writing CDs.    The drives have dual lasers ... so they're using the exact same laser that a CD-only drive would be using when writing CDs.

There ARE differences in the quality and performance characteristics of different drives -- i.e. not all drives can write CD-Text and CD+G (Karoke) discs ... but this differentiation is not because they're DVD vs. CD drives.
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Need-a-ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone!!
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