How do I find what CD or other disc drive I have?

Microsoft Windows users

Computer CD-ROMMicrosoft Windows users can determine what CD drive is currently installed in their computer by following the steps below.

  1. Click the Start Button and then click the "Programs" folder.
  2. Next, click the "Accessories" and then the "System Information" folder.
  3. Within the System Information window, click the + symbol next to Components.
  4. If you see "CD-ROM", click it once to display the CD-ROM in the left window. Otherwise click "+" next to "Multimedia" and then click "CD-ROM" to display the CD-ROM information in the left window.

Note: Although Microsoft Windows may list a CD-ROM drive as being installed, this may only be a compatible drive to what is installed in the computer.

Other methods of obtaining additional information about the CD-ROM

You can also determine what CD drive by physically inspecting the drive; below is a listing of different methods of determining additional information about the CD drive.

  1. Many CD drive manufacturers have their name on the front of the drive; many times a speed is also listed (e.g., 52X), and in some cases the model of the drive. If you are unfamiliar with CD-ROM, CD-RW, CD-R, or DVD drive manufacturers, you can find a listing on our CD network section.
  2. Because a manufacturer of the CD-ROM drive is often not enough information, if you are unable to obtain enough information from the front of the drive, it is recommended you obtain the remainder of the information off the top of the drive.

    Many CD drive manufacturers have stickers on the top of the drive that contains complete information about the CD drive. It is recommended you take the case off the computer and, if needed, remove the CD drive to acquire all of the information from the top of the drive.
  3. Unfortunately, not all drives will list the speed of the CD drive. If you are looking for how fast the drive is and you are unable to locate any two digit number followed by an "X" (e.g., 52X) on the front, top, or bottom of the drive, use the model number of the drive to locate additional information about the drive on Computer Hope, the manufacturers website, or other resources on the Internet.
  4. If you are unable to locate a manufacturer or model number of the drive, but are able to locate an FCC identification number, it is recommended that you perform an FCC search using that number. Additional information about FCC numbers and how to search for information about an FCC number can be found on our FCC dictionary definition page.

Product listing or specifications

If you are trying to list all the specific information about your computer, it is recommended you specify the CD drive the computer has, its model number if available, and its speed as shown in the example below.

Black 52X Sony CD-ROM, Model CDU5211

Drivers or installation

If you are trying to determine what drivers to install, we recommend you visit our CD-ROM drivers page. This page will direct you to the proper location to install drivers depending upon the manufacturer and includes generic CD-ROM drivers for users who cannot determine the manufacturer of their drive.

Replacement or repair

If you are trying to determine what CD drive is installed because it needs to be replaced or repaired, it is recommended that the drive be replaced with another CD-ROM that uses the same interface. For example, if your computer is using an IDE CD-ROM drive it is recommended it be replaced with another IDE CD-ROM.

Additionally, you may want to consider upgrading to a drive that offers additional support. For example, if you are replacing a standard CD-ROM you may want to replace the drive with a CD-R or CD-RW drive.

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