CD/DVD Drives & Burners

CD and DVD drives and burners are essential parts of computing these days. Learn more about these peripherals, and get answers to your questions about CD-R, Zip drives and more.

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Why can I play some DVD movies but not others on my computer DVD-ROM?

DVD movies have region codes, and they typically only play on a player or DVD-ROM drive sold in the country where the DVD movie was sold. Find out why and how they're produced this way.


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How CD Burners Work

With the rise of the MP3 format, burning your own music CDs has never been so popular -- or so easy. CDs have become one of the most widely adopted data-storage mechanisms.

Why can I play some DVD movies but not others on my computer DVD-ROM?

DVD movies have region codes, and they typically only play on a player or DVD-ROM drive sold in the country where the DVD movie was sold. Find out why and how they're produced this way.