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PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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Read/Write Compatibility

Table 12-2 lists read/write compatibility between various types of DVD drives with CD and DVD media. Drives are in the heading row; media types are in the left column. The first circle indicates read compatibility and the second write compatibility. An asterisk on either or both sides of the slash means some but not all drive models of that type read and/or write the media type in question, possibly with limitations, which may be drive- or media-specific. For example, only some recent DVD-ROM drives can read DVD-RAM media, and some DVD-ROM drives cannot read DVD-RW media because they mistake them for dual-layer DVD-ROM discs.

Table 12-2. Drive and media read/write compatibility

DVD-ROM

DVD-R(A)

DVD-R(G)

DVD-RW

DVD-RAM

DVD+RW

CD-DA

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CD-ROM

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CD-R

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