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Convert a CD-RW drive to a DVD writer?

By EStreetJerseyGirl ·
Hi! I was wondering if it's at all possible to convert a CD-RW drive to a DVD writer drive? If so, can someone please tell me how to do it? Thanx!

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by w2ktechman In reply to Convert a CD-RW drive to ...

Simply No,
But if you wanted to reconfigure the firmware for the new formats and add a laser or 2, it might be possible, otherwise go buy a DVD burner. In Silicon Valley they have hit a recent low of $80

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by TheChas In reply to Convert a CD-RW drive to ...

I have seen some software that allows you to record low resolution highly compressed video onto CD-R blanks using DivX and other compression codecs.

Otherwise, you will need to go to your favorite computer retailer or web-store and buy a DVD burner.

I suggest that you get one of the newer drives that support both DVD-R and DVD+R formats.

Chas

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by Oz_Media In reply to Convert a CD-RW drive to ...

Sorry JerseyGirlm DVD's use a multilayered system to allow for greater data capacity.

In order to create an actual DVD that plays on MOST dvd players, you will definitely need a DVD burner. The laser system is much more complex than a CDRW has.

NOTE: As Chas said, it's is recommended to get a DVD+/- burner. DVD- is compaitible with about 65% of DVD players,DVD+ covers about 95% of players, between BOTH formats you won't go wrong unless trying to play on a really old DVD player.

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by EStreetJerseyGirl In reply to

Thanx, everyone - I was just curious to know if it was at all worth it, cos I have a CD-RW burner that I don't use anymore and wouldn't mind putzing around with it to convert it. Seems like it's more trouble than it's worth, though ... probably more expensive to buy the laser than it would be to buy a dvd burner!

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