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Lite-On DU-8A6SH

Lite‑On DU‑8A6SH

£28.22
£16.10
£12.12 (43%) cheaper
than 44 days ago
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Lite-On eBAU108
#3 in Optical disc drives

Lite‑On eBAU108

£20.53
£18.13
£2.40 (16%) cheaper
than 43 days ago
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HP USB External DVD Writer
#32 in Optical disc drives

HP USB External DVD Writer

£31.01
£23.99
£7.02 (23%) cheaper
than 4 days ago
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Asus DRW-24D5MT
#2 in Optical disc drives

Asus DRW‑24D5MT

£10.88
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Asus SDRW-08U7M-U
#8 in Optical disc drives

Asus SDRW‑08U7M‑U

£30.47
£25.69
£4.78 (16%) cheaper
than 10 days ago
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HP External USB DVDRW Drive
#22 in Optical disc drives

HP External USB DVDRW Drive

£62.72
£39.99
£22.73 (36%) cheaper
than 46 days ago
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LG GH24NSC0
#41 in Optical disc drives

LG GH24NSC0

£20.23
£17.24
£2.99 (-41%) cheaper
than 19 days ago
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Asus SBW-06D2X-U
#15 in Optical disc drives

Asus SBW‑06D2X‑U

£85.18
£64.00
£21.18 (16%) cheaper
than 26 days ago
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Asus BW-16D1H-U PRO
#19 in Optical disc drives

Asus BW‑16D1H‑U PRO

£130.66
£119.45
£11.21 (8%) cheaper
than 26 days ago
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Asus SDRW-08U5S-U
#50 in Optical disc drives

Asus SDRW‑08U5S‑U

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£34.84
£31.55
£3.29 (9%) cheaper
than 23 days ago
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Apple USB SuperDrive
#1 in Optical disc drives

Apple USB SuperDrive

£64.79
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LG GP67EB60
#28 in Optical disc drives

LG GP67EB60

£46.25
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DELL DW316

DELL DW316

£51.12
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HP ODD Module
#47 in Optical disc drives

HP ODD Module

£53.91
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Asus SDRW-08D2S-U LITE
#4 in Optical disc drives

Asus SDRW‑08D2S‑U LITE

£19.59
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Asus BC-12D2HT
#5 in Optical disc drives

Asus BC‑12D2HT

£64.96
£49.98
£14.98 (-43%) cheaper
than 4 days ago
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LG CH12NS30
#27 in Optical disc drives

LG CH12NS30

£57.71
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Samsung SE-218GN

Samsung SE‑218GN

£26.49
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LiteOn IHAS122

LiteOn IHAS122

£12.12
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LiteOn iHAS124
#40 in Optical disc drives

LiteOn iHAS124

£12.55
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Choosing the right Optical Disc Drive for you

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. This guide will explain the major points of consideration when choosing an optical disk drive.

Mounting & Portability

The first important consideration is what type of drive you want to get. While all our drives read and write disks, there are 2 main types - internal and external. It’s important to note that generally speaking internal drives can’t be used outside of computers, and external drives have to be powered via USB, and can’t be mounted inside a desktop or laptop.

Internal drives: These are 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.

External drives: These drives are meant to be plugged into a computer (usually via USB) to serve as a temporary drive when one is needed. These drives tend to be more expensive than internal drives, but can be used with any computer. They are especially useful for laptops, since the current trend in ultra-thin laptops mean that most modern models don’t have a drive built in. Because external drives are removable, they can be easily stowed away until needed, making them helpful if you only need to read a CD/DVD occasionally. They are also very portable, making them good for watching movies or accessing data on journeys where you may not have access to a stable net connection.

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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.

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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