Although increasingly music, movies and programs todaydownload from the Internet, drives are still a popular way of disseminating information. In this article, we'll show you how to view a drive on a computer or laptop and what you need for that.

What are the discs

To begin with, you need to decide what disk you have.

  • Music and programs are most often distributed on CD-disks, which can hold up to 700 MB of data.
  • Films and operating systems are recorded on DVD-disks, the volume of which is on average 4.7 GB, although there are also smaller or larger capacities.
    Typically, drives that can read CDs can work with DVDs.
  • But to read Blu-ray discs, which are recorded in high-definition movies, you need a special drive - a regular CD / DVD-drive with them will not work.

However, there are universal drives,able to read both Blu-ray, and CD / DVD, but if you do not have the latest computer or laptop, not the fact that it has such a drive installed. So before buying a Blu-ray disc, make sure that you have something to look at.

To view a disc on a laptop that does not havebuilt-in floppy drive, you can buy an external drive. And for a computer you can buy an embedded drive, just do not forget to enlist the help in its installation, if you do not know how to do it yourself.

Disk Viewer

To view the disk, you need not only a drive,but also software. If you have a CD with music, there will be no difficulties - you can play it through the built-in Windows Media Player by selecting the option "VCD or audio CD" in the "File" menu. You can use any other music player.

View the contents of the disc with programs orphotos can be through Explorer. But for the playback of discs with movies will need special programs. By default, Windows can not play video DVDs - the system does not have the necessary codecs. To view such disks, you need to install it into an additional component of Windows Media Center, and not free. But you can save money by using one of the free video players with video playback function - for example, VLC Player or SMPlayer.

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