A combo drive refers to an optical drive that enables multiple types of multimedia operations with compact discs. It can either be a drive with the ability to support CD and DVD operations or one that supports multiple formats such as HD and Blu-ray. However, it is most commonly used to describe a type of optical drive that combines CD-R/CD-RW recording capability with the ability to read (not write) DVD media.
Originally, the term “combo drive” was used as an Apple Inc. name for a cheaper option to their high-end SuperDrive that was designed to both read and write recordable CD and DVD media. It provided a mid-range option between CD and DVD writers that were expensive at the time costing more than $300 per unit.
Although combo drives are becoming less common in new systems, it may still occasionally replace CD-only drives in low-end and business computers to reduce production and sales costs. Essentially, a combination drive has the capability to read and write multiple optical discs types.
FAQs About Combo Drives
What is the difference between a combo drive and a DVD burner?
A combo drive can read and write CDs and read DVDs. On the other hand, a DVD burner can read and write both CDs and DVDs.
Can a combo drive play Blu-ray discs?
Not all combo drives can play Blu-ray discs. However, some can only read Blu-ray discs while others can read and write these types of discs.
Is a combo drive still relevant today?
With the rise of USB drives and cloud storage, combo drives are slowly becoming obsolete. Nonetheless, they are still present in some budget laptops and computers used for business purposes.
A combo drive may not be as common as it used to be, but it still remains an essential multimedia tool in certain settings. This optical drive’s ability to read multiple types of discs allows users to access data stored in different formats. Nonetheless, Its significance may continue to diminish as newer technologies emerge.