Starting with 2015, the DVD drive is the most used optical disc drive for personal computers and laptops, with support for all existing recordable and rewritable DVD formats.
The older optical components CD-ROM drive, CD writer drive, Combo (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) drive are no longer in production.
A disc drive that uses laser beaming technology, allowing users to read and write digital data from /to a disc is called an optical disc drive (ODD).
Optical disc drives can be found in devices like as CD players, DVD players, Blu-ray disc players, DVD recorders, various computer video game consoles, such as Sony PlayStation 4.
Nowadays, there are more types of disc drives available built-in or external DVD-ROM drive, BD-ROM drive, Blu-ray Disc combo (BD-ROM/DVD±RW/CD-RW) drive, and Blu-ray Disc writer drive.
Usually, the internal drives for desktop computers, servers, and workstations are shaped to fit in a standard 5.25″ drive bay and connect to their host via an ATA or SATA interface.
External drives have USB or FireWire interfaces as connectors. Many portable versions for laptops can use power from batteries or directly from their interface bus.
Quick tips to solve DVD drive issues
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There are various reasons why a DVD drive is not working or not detected. Check our Laptop & PC section in order to fix any problems you may encounter.