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confused over DVD media types

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chetnya, Aug 3, 2006.

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  1. chetnya

    chetnya Thread Starter

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    I have a Toshiba L24 notebook and it has a DVD ramm super- multi drive which I know nothing about. I have never wanted to burn a dvd.

    I would however like to back up my PC and I know I can't do it to a standard CD because there isn't enough storage space on a standard CD.

    Can I buy some type of DVD media to use in this unit that I have in my notebook? The way I am understanding it is that it really isn't a DVD burner but a kind of hybrid of sorts. Can someone here fill in the blanks for me on this topic.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Download and install the Nero Info Tool v4.03 from this direct link. It will tell you all about your drive. Post a screen shot here, and we can help you figure it out.
     
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    Basically the main DVD types are +R AND -R. I like +R better then -R . The average dvd can burn 4.7 gig in native mode and a little more when using a program that has compression. Depending who old your notebook you may or may not be able to burn DL or double layer , that is about 9 gig. Nero as suggested, makes another program called Nero burning rom. You may have noticed it is a play on words. The company is in Germany and in German Rome is ROM , also your DVD player is a dvd rom and you burn DVDs and Nero burnt Rome. Sorry i digressed. With nero you can do back ups to the dvd. So try and find the dvdmodel number and post it here.
     
  4. chetnya

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    Well, it looks like I am out of luck with this drive. No DVD write features here.
     

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    Thanks for the link to the nero thing Johnwill
     
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    If you have the proper burner software, you can burn a set of backup CDs, it will just take more of them than DVDs.
     
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    I scrounged up an old Phillips DVD player and put it into a external USB drive encloser.. I can see and access the drive but I can't get the Nero info tool to point to it and give me any info.

    It just see's the onboard drive and gives no info on the one external one that is connected through a USB port
     
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    Nero should access external drives, it works fine for the two that I have.
     
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