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Lite‑On iHAS124

779 Reviews
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£13.71

Tray
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DVD
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Jun 2010
The top rated cd (re)writer under £50

60

HP Slim 8X SATA SuperMulti Black Drive

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£46.22

Tray
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Jan 2015
A 3 year old and moderate value for money tray loading internal cd rewriter, with only middle of the road features

61

Fujitsu S26391‑F1504‑L200

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£106.00

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Sep 2015
An average value for money and 3 year old tray loading internal dvd burner, with only average features

61

Fujitsu S26391‑F1554‑L200

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£50.00

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Jan 2016
A slightly out of date and middle of the road spec tray loading internal cd burner

61

HP 690418‑001

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£47.29

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Jul 2015
A moderate value for money and 3 year old tray loading internal dvd (re)writer, with only average features

61

HP 419496‑001

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£47.00

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Sep 2014
An ok value for money and 3 year old tray loading internal cd (re)writer, with only middle of the road features

86

LG GH24NSC0

130 Reviews
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£14.18

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Jul 2014
A top-value and excellently reviewed tray loading internal cd writer, with good features

75

Lite‑On DU‑8A6SH

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£16.98

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Mar 2015
A phenomenally cheap but 3 year old tray loading internal cd (re)writer, with good features

71

Asus BC‑12D2HT Bulk

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£41.66

Tray
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Internal
Info
Blu-Ray
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May 2015
A fully featured but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd (re)writer
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71

Lenovo 4XA0G88613

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£11.67

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
Info
Sep 2016
An excellent value for money but 2 year old tray loading internal cd rewriter, with only average features

72

LG GH24NSD0.ARAA10B

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£11.56

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Aug 2016
A top-value but 2 year old tray loading internal cd (re)writer, with only average features

72

LG DH18NS61

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£17.29

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Aug 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old tray loading internal cd rewriter, with good features
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73

HP G2 Slim

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£40.64

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Nov 2015
The best scoring cd burner under £500, with good features
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74

Acer DVD Writer

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£28.96

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Mar 2014
A very cheap but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd burner, with good features

74

LG CH12NS40

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£54.62

Tray
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Internal
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Blu-Ray
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Feb 2016
A high-quality but 2 year old tray loading internal dvd writer

75

Lite‑On DU‑8AESH

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£18.46

Slot
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Internal
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DVD
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Dec 2016
A bargain price and best selling slot loading internal dvd burner, but with only middle of the road features

75

Samsung SU‑208HB

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£12.48

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Jul 2015
A top-value but 3 year old tray loading internal cd burner, with good features

76

LiteOn IHAS122

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£12.12

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Aug 2015
A remarkably cheap but 3 year old tray loading internal cd (re)writer, with good features

76

LiteOn iHAS124‑14

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£9.97

Tray
Info
Internal
Info
DVD
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Aug 2016
A top-value and best selling tray loading internal dvd burner, but with only middle of the road features

78

Lite‑On DS‑8ACSH

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£6.99

Tray
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Internal
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DVD
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Jan 2015
An affordable but 3 year old tray loading internal dvd burner, with good features

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat are the difference between the different disc loading types?
AThere are 3 main types of disc drive. Tray is the most common - a tray pops out, the disc is placed in and the tray recedes into the machine again. Slot disc drives just have a slot in the side to take the disc, whereas on top-loading disc drives the whole top of the device is hinged, allowing you to place the disc directly into the device.
QWhy does read-write speed matter?
AThe larger the read-write speed of the disc drive, the faster it will write data to the discs, and the quicker data can be read, meaning data access will be faster and smoother (less waiting for buffering video, for instance)
QWhat does 'internal' mean?
AInternal means the disc drive is meant to be mounted inside a computer, whereas external means it can be plugged in via USB and used there.

Internal Optical Disc Drive Buying Guide

Optical disk drives cover a wide range of internal and external devices meant to both read and write a variety of removable media. This means they can be used to both read data from discs (i.e - playing a movie DVD or Blu Ray) and also writing or ‘burning’ data (i.e - creating a music CD from individual mp3s, or permanently writing files to a disk for distribution).

While most computers used to house CD and DVD drives as standard, drastically smaller devices and a move towards cloud-based streaming mean that disc drives are being used less and less. Indeed many modern laptops and desktops no longer contain a disc drive at all.

This means that even though it is legacy tech, it’s still worth keeping a drive handy for those times you want to read the data from an old DVD, burn a disc for a friend, or watch a movie when you don’t have access to Netflix. There are two main types of optical disc drive - internal and external. This guide will explain the major points of consideration when choosing an internal optical disk drive.

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Internal Drives

This type of drive is meant to be placed into the computer body itself and wired directly into the system for power and data. They are used mostly for either replacements, or if you are building your own computer from scratch. Because these drives have to fit into a specific bay, it’s important to make sure you get one that is the right measurements and compatible with your computer. This also includes the correct mounting for the machine you’re wanting to install the drive into.

Media Support

There are 3 main types of optical media supported by the disc drives on our site - CD, DVD and Blu Ray:

CD: Traditionally used for music, and while rather a legacy format, there are so many CDs in circulation that you are bound to need to access one at some point. All disc drives will read and write CDs, but the downside is they hold the least information of the 3 types.

DVD: DVDs are generally used for movies, since they are higher density, so can hold far more data than CDs. DVDs are still widely used for movies and video games, and can also hold a large amount of information, making them useful for backing up lots of files. Nearly all of our drives support both CD and DVD read writing.

Blu-Ray: The newest and highest density of optical media on the market, Blu-Ray discs can hold an enormous amount of data in a single disc. They are primarily used for very high-quality movies. However because they are a new format, Blu-Ray writers are far more expensive than CD or DVD-compatible models. Moreover, not all drives support Blu-Ray reading or writing, meaning that you may find other users are not able to read the data on the disc.

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Read/Write Speedas

Finally, read & write speeds measure how quickly data can be written from & to the disc. This is measures in bytes per second - the higher the speed, the faster large files (such as movies) will be burnt to the disc, or read from the drive. The read-write speeds are also affected by the USB version supported - USB 3.0 supported drives allow far higher transfer rates than USB 2 drives, so it is worth seeking out the newest drive you can for the fastest data transfer speeds.

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