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ktee
06-10-2010, 12:49 PM
I want to change some fans, so thought better do burns & backups etc.
And know precious little, so theres probably pretty obvious answer
I currently have some blank DVD +R disks

I was under impression for “Burn” or “backup” I could use either R-+/- and RW +/-.discs. But today read book and now confused. Book (for a number of models) says.

“The combination (combo) drive is available on select models. Combines the functions of 2 drives into one:Either a
DVD+RW/+R drive (DVD writer) and a CD-RW drive (CD writer), OR a
DVD-ROM drive and a CD-RW drive.”
What you can do depends on what kind of drive you have”.

Not sure what drive I’ve got only thing on system I can find under device manager: DVD/CD-ROM drives > HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H30L

I have tried various options on HP’s web sites but to no avail. Phone HP, after a long while while he said I have
SUPER MULTI 16x DVD +- R-RW X RAM +-RDL LIGHTSCRIBE SATA DRIVE.

So confused as book seems to be all “+” for DVD writer
And what Hp guy told me seems to read “-“ for rewritable but both + or – for write once.
Have HP media centre m5070a

Any help be appreciated
:eek:

wratterus
06-10-2010, 12:52 PM
http://www.nero.com/redir.php?id=4557

Grab that and run it, it will tell you what your drive is able to write to. If it's a combo drive then it won't be able to write to DVDs.

These days large flash drives or external hard drives are the preferred method of backing up.

ktee
06-10-2010, 01:08 PM
Yes well unfortunately Im a bit like the cheese add "these things take time".
I intend to get an external hard drive, after Ive changed fans, after Ive done back up and burn after Ive done up dates

wratterus
06-10-2010, 01:58 PM
Fair enough. :p

Well give us a yell if there's anything else you would like a hand with.... ;)