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Wanting to burn a dvd

My computers says on the hard drive dvd and compact cd rw shouldnt i be able to burn dvds

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No, it is a CDRW and DVD drive only. If it were to be able to burn DVDs, it would say DVDRW. Your drive will play DVDs, it just won't burn them.

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Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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