Help Me Choose: Media Bay Devices

Dell offers a variety of media bay devices with the features and functions needed for multitasking and enhanced productivity. An optical drive on your Dell™ business system allows you to back up your data and images by burning them to CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc™ (BD). Choose among CD, DVD and BD 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, BD discs offer up to 50GB of storage per disc.

For even more storage consider selecting the optional optical bay hard drive (HDD) caddy. This device allows you to swap out the standard optical drive and replace it with an additional 2.5” SATA hard drive. This allows for the utmost in storage and allows for additional RAID options.

What Kind of Optical Drive 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, or Blu-ray media, up to 50GB — is what you need to maximize your capacity.
If you want to… Choose 
Load software from DVDDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, BD-RE
Load software from CDDVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, BD-RE
Enjoy superb storage capacity and high-definition viewing pleasureBD-RE
Have the utmost in internal storageOptical bay HDD caddy with 2.5” hard drive or SSD
 Blu-ray Rewritable Drive DVD +/-RW Drive (Super Multi) DVD-ROM Drive Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy 
Burn Blu-ray Discs Yes No No  No
Watch Blu-ray Disc Movies  Yes NoNo  No
Burn DVDs  Yes YesNo  No
Burn CDs  Yes YesNo  No
Load Software from DVD  Yes YesYes  No
Load Software from CD  Yes Yes Yes No
Watch DVDs  Yes Yes Yes No
Listen to CDs  Yes Yes Yes No
Read DVD-RAM  Yes Yes Yes No
Write DVD-RAM  Yes Yes Yes No
Maximum local storage with additional RAID options  NoNo  NoYes