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Lenovo Disc Drives & Burners
Lenovo™ disc drives are excellent devices for copying images, audio recordings, videos to DVDs. You can even use them to back up critical files and create recovery software. Staples® carries several models of internal and external DVD writers that vary by the type of blank media they support, write speed, size, and available software.
Choose a Lenovo Disc Drive to Fit Your Needs For a portable Lenovo DVD writer that connects to a laptop or notebook using a USB, consider an external burner. These drives are between 0.4 and 0.6 inches in height, have a depth that ranges from 5 to 6.1 inches, are from 5 to 5.7 inches wide, and weigh less than 9 ounces. They have a stronger shell case than an internal device for protection. If you are only replacing a current internal drive, verify that your computer meets the new drive's system requirements and make sure it will fit. The new drive comes with either an IDE connector or an SATA interface to connect it to the motherboard. Always backup your hard drive to an external location before installing any new hardware.
Finding Blank Media for Lenovo Disc Drives Most DVD writers are backward compatible with CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs and work with all DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, and dual-layer discs. CD-Rs and DVD-Rs may be recorded on until they run out of space or the disc is finalized. The finalizing process creates a directory or table of contents that enables other computers, CD, and DVD players to access and run the discs. CD-RW and DVD-RW discs are rewritable up to 1,000 times. You can also choose printable media. These have special coatings that work with inkjet disc printers to add a professional finish to each copy. Check with your disc player to verify rewritable and dual-layer media compatibility.
Do Lenovo Disc Drives Come in Different Speeds? All disc burners have read and write speeds that range from 4x to 24x. Another factor that affects the speed of external drives is the time it takes to transfer data between the computer and device. Most drives work with a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0. The copying speed for both types of drives won't exceed the rate that the device and blank media supports.
Why Is the Buffer Size of a Lenovo Disc Drive Important? Disc drives have a buffer size between 0.5MB and 8MB with an average of 0.75MB to 4MB. The buffer is a storage cache that increases the write speed of the DVD burner.
What Are the Operating Systems Compatible With Lenovo Disc Drives? Lenovo writers are compatible with Microsoft Windows® XP or higher. For use with other operating systems, such as Mac® and Linux™, consult the manual.
Is Software Available for Lenovo Disc Drives? Yes, most external and internal disc drives come with free and trial software on CD-ROMs. The software isn't necessary to use the drive, but it should installed to play back MPEG-2 files, CDs, and DVDs. Other software options include video editing, label, and cover creators.