Can my CD-ROM, CD-RW, CD-R drive read DVDs?

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Computer CD-ROMUnless your drive is a DVD drive or a DVD combo drive, which is a drive capable of reading multiple disc formats including DVDs, it will be unable to read DVD discs. It is also important to realize that although you may have a drive capable of reading CD-ROM, CD-RW, and CD-R discs, it still may be unable to read DVD discs. However, a DVD+R or DVD+RW drive is also capable of reading DVD discs.

If you are still uncertain about your drive's capabilities, sometimes examining the front of the device or the drive's documentation can provide additional information.

Finally, if you still can't detect your drive's capabilities, it is recommended you contact your computer manufacturer or your CD drive manufacturer for additional information.