The DVD RW drive is capable of reading DVD 4.7 GB through 8.5 GB media. It can also read standard stamped, CD-R, and CD-RW media. This drive supports writing to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD +R/RW, and DVD -R/RW media via software utilities. For Microsoft operating systems, this is available by installing the included Roxio software disk. For other operating systems, an operating system-specific software utility is required for writing to media. The DVD-ROM drive is designed to read not only CD-ROM and CD -R/RW discs but also DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD +R/RW and DVD -R/RW discs.