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Choosing Compatible Media for Your Optical Drive

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This document applies to all HP and Compaq computers with optical drives.
Several types of optical drives are available on HP computers. This document provides compatibility information about how the various types of optical media can be used, including helpful information for using or purchasing media.

Choose media to match your optical drive type

Depending on the type of optical drive available on your computer, different media options are available for data storage. Choose the media type to match your optical drive type and storage needs according to the following compatibility chart.
  • In general, less expensive media purchased in bulk will have a higher failure rate when burning than higher quality media.
  • Poor handling of discs will affect the success rate of burning discs. Hold discs by their edges, never slide the disc across any surface, and never leave them out in the open, especially in direct sunlight.
  • For recordable discs, the media type you purchase should match the drive type. That is, you should only purchase DVD+R discs for a DVD+R drive. You can purchase DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW and any in dual layer formats if your PC has a DVD +/- RW DL drive.
  • Multiple layer discs generally store about the same amount of data per extra layer. For example a dual-layer (DL) DVD format can store up to 8.5GB* of data on double-layer DVD+R media, about twice that of single-layer DVD+R media. Only a DL drive is capable of writing to DL discs.
  • To burn LightScribe labels onto discs, the drive has to be LightScribe compatible, the discs must be LightScribe discs, and the label making software must be LightScribe enabled.
  • For better compatibility across devices, do not use RW media for burning. RW media type is designed to be written to many times and many devices will not be able to read the data. RW is very useful for backing up data that is to be used only by one PC.
  • In general, an MP3 disc is the same as a data disc and should be burned using CD-R or similar media.
Disc compatibility
DiscDisc TypeApproximate Maximum Storage SizeCan be recorded ontoPlays in PCPlays in home or car stereoPlays in home DVD player
BD-ROM:

Blu-ray Disc - Read-Only Memory
Read-only25 GB single-layer

50 GB dual-layer
NoYes.

To play movies requires a Blu-ray Disc drive, high-definition display and Blu-ray Disc supported software.

To read data requires a Blu-ray Disc drive.
NoYes, but only in a Blu-ray Disc player.
BD-R:

Blu-ray Disc - Recordable
Write-once25 GB single-layer

50 GB dual-layer
Yes, requires a Blu-ray Disc drive.Yes.

To view recorded video requires a Blu-ray Disc drive and supported software.

To read data requires a Blu-ray Disc drive.
NoYes, but only in a Blu-ray Disc player.
BD-RE:

Blu-ray Disc - Rewritable
Rewritable25 GB single-layer

50 GB dual-layer
Yes, requires a Blu-ray Disc drive.Yes.

To view recorded video requires a Blu-ray Disc drive and supported software.

To read data requires a Blu-ray Disc drive.
NoYes, but only in a Blu-ray Disc player.
CD-ROM

Compact Disc - Read-Only Memory
Read-only700 MBNoYes.Yes.Varies by model.
CD-R

Compact Disc - Recordable
Write-once700 MBYesYesYesVaries by model.
CD-RW

Compact Disc - Rewritable
Rewritable700 MBYesYesNo*No*
DVD-ROM

Digital Video Disc - Read-Only Memory
Read-only4.7 GB single-layer

8.5 GB dual-layer
NoYes.

To view recorded video or movies requires DVD codec and player software.
No*Yes.
DVD-R

Digital Video Disc - Recordable
Write-once4.7 GB single-layer

8.5 GB dual-layer
Yes. Requires a DVD-R capable drive.YesNoVaries by model.
DVD+R

Digital Video Disc + Recordable
Write-once4.7 GB single-layer

8.5 GB dual-layer
Yes. Requires a DVD+R capable drive.YesNoVaries by model.
DVD+RW

Digital Video Disc + Rewritable
Rewritable4.7 GB single-layer

8.5 GB dual-layer
Yes. Requires a DVD+RW capable drive.Yes, compatibility may be less in drives that are not DVD+RW.NoVaries by model.
DVD-RW

Digital Video Disc - Rewritable
Rewritable4.7 GB single-layer

8.5 GB dual-layer
Yes. Requires a DVD-RW capable drive.Yes, compatibility may be less in drives that are not DVD-RW.NoVaries by model.
HD DVD

High-Definition Digital Video Disc
Data 15 GB single-layer

30 GB dual-layer
Yes, requires an HD-DVD capable drive. Yes, requires an HD-DVD drive.

To view movies and recorded video requires HD-DVD compliant software and HDCP compliant devices for HD.
No Yes, requires an HD DVD player.
VCD

Video Compact Disc
VCD movie 700 MBNoYes, with the proper player and codec installed.NoProbably - varies by model.
* Most disc playing devices, CD music players, and DVD movie players cannot "play" most PC data file types (exe, doc, txt, etc.). However, most can now read and play data discs containing compatible multimedia files, such as MP3, WMA, and OGG music files.
NOTE:1 MB = 1 million bytes when referring to storage capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to storage capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.
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