LightScribe Optical Drives


LightScribe is a direct disc-labeling technology that provides a simple way to create precise silk-screen-quality labels for discs. All you have to do is burn, flip the disc, and then burn again. A LightScribe-enabled optical drive uses an optical laser to burn an image into the thin dye coating on the label side of a LightScribe disc. There is no ink to smear, no paper to curl, and no sticky adhesive to cause problems. LightScribe discs are identified by the LightScribe logo on the retail packaging and on the inner area of the disc itself.


We can identify the light scribe drive by looking the label on the drive. It will display the LightScribe logo. We can’t upgrade the current optical drive to the light scribe. It is a hardware limitations which will can’t be overcome.


To burn a light scribe disc we need three things.


  1. A LightScribe-enabled optical drive
  2. LightScribe-enhanced software
  3. LightScribe disc.


Burning a label with LightScribe is a separate process from burning data, music, or pictures onto a disc. Depending on the LightScribe software you use, you can create a label before or after you burn files onto the disc.


     NOTE: To burn the label after burning disc content, you must flip the disc over and place it label-side down in the optical drive tray.


Labels can be a simple title with a contents list, or you can get more creative by adding backgrounds and images.


LightScribe technology is an integrated system that combines the CD or DVD drive of your LightScribe-enabled computer with specially coated discs and enhanced disc-burning software to produce precise, laser-etched labels. You can design and produce labels to express your creativity and personality.


The LightScribe drive has the following features:


CD Read 24x

CD-R Write  24x

CD-RW Write  10x

DVD Read  8x

DVD+R Write 8x

DVD+RW Write  4x

DVD-R Write  8x

DVD-RW Write  4x

DVD+R9 (dual layer)  Read Supported 


The purpose of LightScribe is to allow users to create direct-to-disc labels (as opposed to stick-on labels), using their optical disc writer. Special discs and a compatible disc writer are required. After burning data to the read-side of the disc, the user simply turns the media over and inserts it with the label side down. The drive's laser then etches into the label side in such a way that an image is produced


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