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Posted 02 July 2008 - 02:51 PM
Posted 02 July 2008 - 03:39 PM
Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:13 PM
If the drive works for installing things - it's reading from the disk. If it doesn't work with the blank disk - then it's not writing to the disk. This is 2 different operations. The standard for this model laptop is (I believe) a DVD-ROM - and with that you won't be able to write to a DVD. To be sure, check the writing on the face of the drive - if it says DVD-ROM, then it can't write to DVDs.
If it's not a DVD-ROM, can you write to a DVD from any other program? A quick test would be to right click on a file and select "Send to..." Then select your DVD drive to send it to.
Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:46 AM
Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:26 AM
You can't burn DVD disks on that drive. Your options would be to either get another drive to fit in that slot from Dell (probably very expensive), or get an external DVD drive that's capable of writing from another source.
It's possible to backup your PC to another partition on the same hard drive - but IMO that's pretty useless if the drive fails. Since this is for backups, I'd suggest an external hard drive rather than a DVD drive - they'll hold more and are more flexible for storing a multitude of different backups.
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