Optical Drive

The optical drive receives and stores data from popular formats such as CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, BD-R, and BD-RE. These items are inserted at a push of a button on the side of a laptop computer or below on the home computer. Out pops a sliding carrier for the disc where it can be freely read without being scraped or scratched. A plain disc with no data on it may be inserted as well, and data may be “burned” onto the disc via an informational source. There are millions of “bumps” and “dips” that make up the disc, so the optical drive contains lasers in which the “bumps” and “discs” are “burned” with information. The optical drive can spin the discs at very high speeds. It resembles a record being played on a retro record-player. Thousands of bits of information are sent to be “burned” onto the discs while the same amount of information is being read inside the pop-out slot. The computer internalizes the information and plays either the music, film, or documents that were loaded-up. Most optical drives have what are called “jumpers” that defines how the motherboard will process of the information given. Files may be stored in the optical drive’s database for future use. If the computer does not have one already, the optical disc drive can be easily installed in a matter of minutes. This piece of the PC is one of the most crucial in storing information.