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An optical drive is a device that allows you to read and write onto an optical medium. Mostly CD's or DVD's.
Current Optical Storage
- CD-ROM (Compact Disc)
- DVD-ROM (Digital Versatile Disc)
Next Generation Storage
- HD-DVD (High Definition DVD)<phased out>
- BD-ROM (Blu-ray)
Optical Storage Still in Development
- HVD (Holographic Versatile Disc) - Predicted next generation after HD-DVD/BD-ROM (can hold upto 3.9TB).