Help Me Choose: Optical Drive

 

Dell offers a variety of optical drives with the features and functions needed for multitasking and enhanced productivity. The optical drive on your Dell business system allows you to back up your data and images by burning them to CD or DVD. Choose among CD or DVD drives based on your capacity requirements. If you're looking for more storage capacity, than CDs or single-layer DVDs, double-layer (DL) DVD disks offer up to 8.5GB of storage per disc.

What kind of capacity do you need?
Choose a removable media storage device based on your needs. A CD drive will give you adequate resources to read the average compact disc. However, many businesses have transitioned to DVDs because these discs can store more data. A DVD has several times the storage capacity of a CD. If you're looking for even more storage capacity on a single disc to save numerous presentations, documents and rich media files, then Double Layer (DL) media — up to 8.5GB — is what you need to maximize your capacity. 


The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.
If you want to ... 
Choose ... 
 Burn DVDsDVD+/-RW 
 Burn CDsDVD+/-RW 
 Play DVDsDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM 
 Load software from DVDDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM 
 Load software from CDDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM

 

DVD +/-RW Drive (Super Multi) 

DVD-ROM Drive 

Burn DVDs 

 Yes

 No

Burn CDs

 Yes

 No

Load Software from DVD

 Yes

 Yes

Load Software from CD 

 Yes

 Yes

Watch DVDs 

 Yes

 Yes

Listen to CDs 

 Yes

 Yes

Read DVD-RAM 

 Yes

 Yes

Write DVD-RAM 

 Yes

 No