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DVDs for T61 DVD-RAM

2008-05-02, 17:26 PM
Other than going out and buying a pack of DVDs that might turn out to be unusable (or at least more expensive than necessary), how can I tell whether the DVD-RAM that is in my T61 can use both sides of a double-sided DVD-RAM disc?

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Re: DVDs for T61 DVD-RAM

2008-05-14, 5:10 AM
You should be able to determine the model of optical disc drive installed in your ThinkPad T61 by running the Device Manager (filename: DEVMGMT.MSC), looking at the device entry listed under DVD/CD-ROM drives and then using your favorite Internet search engine to look up the manufacturer's specifications for the drive.  That should tell you what capacities of DVD-RAM disc the drive supports. 
DVD-RAM drives do not have two sets of read/write heads for accessing both sides of the disc.  In order to use all 5.1GB or 9.1GB of a double-sided disc you will need to flip the disk over at some point.
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Re: DVDs for T61 DVD-RAM

2008-05-14, 15:01 PM
I think you have to manually remove the disk and turn it over to burn the other side (or did you mean dual layer)?
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