[QUOTE=sh9168;2302214]Hi All, I’m new to this site and thought you could help answer a couple of questions about the drive that came with my Dell 518 tower. It came with the following cd rom drive. [B]HL-DT-ST dvd±rw gh30n ATA drive[/B]
Could someone explain what all the letters before the dvd mean. Is ATA a brand name? also could someone explain the difference between a dvd- rw and a dvd+rw. I know mine can use both but I’m not sure which type of disk to buy. (or if it even matters) Thanks
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Also RW isn’t good for burning unless your using for burning test only. If you plan to burn get DVD+R media cause you can booktype it to DVD-ROM for standalone player compatibility. ATA is the burner interface just like your HDD the new standard is Sata but you probably have still ATA aka IDE or PATA all three are reference to the same type of connector just depends on whom uses. Have you looked at the manufacture site they might have more info about what each of those abbreviation mean.