Blu-ray / DVD Drives

Blu-ray is the current standard for high-end movie playback, so you’ll need a drive if you want to use these high-capacity discs. Single-layer and dual-layer discs with capacities of 25GB and 50GB are available, and drives come in several types: larger desktop drives, laptop drives, and super-slim slot-loading types. Blu-ray drives are backwards compatible with DVD discs too, so you only need one drive in your PC or laptop.

Desktop PC Blu-ray Drives

These drives are for use in desktop PCs, and they can both read Blu-ray discs, while some can also write to Blu-ray discs. Please check the specifications for this information. They're easy to fit: they slide into metal bays inside a tower case and are held in place with screws, and are attached to the motherboard with a SATA connection. Make sure you've got a spare connector on your power supply, too. Writable Blu-ray discs can store either 25 or 50GB, depending if they are single or double sided.

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Desktop PC DVD Drives

Utilizing the latest technological advancements this range of Dual Layer DVD writers are able to store 8.5 Gigabytes of data on a single DVD disc (providing its a dual layer DVD+R disc). Aimed at the business backup, home movie enthusiast and people who require large storage these drives can also use normal DVD+/-R media as well as CD-R's for authoring discs.

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Duplicators

These pre-built systems are ideal for professional organisations that need to quickly and efficiently create large numbers of DVDs without the hassle of building a machine from scratch. These machines come with drives already installed, so it's the easiest way to get started - even for novice users.

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External Optical Drives

External DVD writers for PC use that connect to the computers USB port. Compact and portable, these writers can be easily transferred from one laptop, netbook or desktop to another. Some are powered via the USB connection from your PC, meaning no external power source is required. All the DVD writers featured here will also write CD's
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Floppy Disk Drives

Floppy disk drives are used to read from and/or write to floppy disks. Modern floppy's are of 1.44MB capacity. They are available in either internal or external fitment.
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Laptop/Notebook Blu-ray Drives

Laptop drives come in two flavours: standard and slot-loading. The former are larger drives with proper trays that fit inside bigger laptops, and the latter are slimmer drives that go in smaller machines. They connect using the SATA interface, but make sure your laptop's drive is replaceable and that the new drive will fit before you buy.

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Laptop/Notebook DVD Writer Drives

Internal DVD writer drives for PC laptops / notebooks. These drives feature a SATA port for PC laptops with the SATA interface connectivity. As well as reading both CD and DVD's, these DVD writers will also write CD's. Note that there are two loading mechanisms available, Slot and Tray.
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