Compare CD/DVD drives on a Laptop

CDs (Compact Discs) and DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs) are used to store digital data.  All laptops come equipped with a CD player, and some have the capacity to also play DVDs.  (Depending on the machine, your laptop may also be able to record CDs and/or DVDs.)

Initially, CDs and DVDs were used for music and movies respectively and then later were adapted to be writable, meaning you could actually create and store your own data CDs/DVDs.  A standard CD will hold up to 80 minutes of audio files, and 700 KB (kilobytes) of data, while the most common DVD will store up to 4.7 GB (gigabytes) of data and up to seven hours of CD-quality audio.

Some CD/DVD players are simply a slot on the side of the laptop (as pictured above), and others are drawers that pop out (as seen to the right).  For these, there will be either a small indentation on the drawer that you can push, or a small button.  The drawer may only pop out slightly, so you’ll have to pull it the rest of the way open.

CDs and DVDs are played with the written side facing up, unless you have a double-sided disc, when you can access both sides.

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