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Chapter 1. Hardware Basics for the Absol... > DVD Drives: Even More Storage on a D...

DVD Drives: Even More Storage on a Disc

Beyond the CD-ROM is the new DVD medium. DVDs can contain 4.7GB or more data (compared to 650MB–700MB for a typical CD-ROM), and therefore are ideally suited for large applications or games that otherwise would require multiple CDs. Similar to standard CD-ROMs, most DVDs are read-only—although all DVD drives can also read CD-ROM discs. In addition, most DVD drives play full-length DVD movies, which turns your PC into a mini movie machine.

And, just as there are recordable CD-ROM drives, you can also find recordable DVD drives. These DVD-R drives are a little pricey, but costs are coming down—and they let you record an entire movie on a single disc.


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