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Question on DVD drives

Ralf Rommel
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Joined: Dec 25, 2002
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If I have a DVD-R/RW drive, can I use it to burn normal (non-DVD) CDs also?
I have to select between two computers - one with a DVD-R/RW drive and another with the normal CD-RW drive.
If I can use the DVD drive to write normal CDs, I will go for the one with DVD drive.
Else I have to select the one with the CD-RW drive.
Any idea?
Randall Twede
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Joined: Oct 21, 2000
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my book says they use phase-change technology like CD-RW, but it doesnt say they can write to them, so i would think the answer is no. i have also seeen systems advertized that come with both a CD-RW and a DVD-ROM drive. i guess if you can rewrite a DVD disk which holds a lot more than a CD disk you might concider getting the DVD-RW anyway, it holds 4.7 gigs. there are also DVD-Ram disks which holds 2.6G or 5.2G(doublesided), and DVD+RW disks which holds 2.8G/side


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