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    Software that can detect type of CD / DVD

    Hi,

    I wonder if there is any software that can detect the exact type of optical discs ie whether it is a CD or DVD. Then what type it is ie CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW. I know this sounds a bit stupid and the media has written on it as to what type it is, but I would love to use this software as there are times when I get DVDs with no label on it. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Software that can detect type of CD / DVD

    Of course you can, only for DVDs though.
    Code:
    dvd+rw-mediainfo /dev/dvd
    You can even compare its media id against this list here and see if you have actually bought good quality discs.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Software that can detect type of CD / DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by kostkon View Post
    Code:
    dvd+rw-mediainfo /dev/dvd

    Thanks for the command you gave, it works for all types of dvds that I happen to have ie dvd-r, dvd+r, dvd-rw and dvd+rw. But its a shame that it is only for dvds. I just found out that Nero Info Tool as part of Nero Burning software package gives a great deal of info about various types of optical discs once inserted into the dvd/cd drive, but it works in Windows only.

    Please see the link below. It shows a series of tabs namely Drive, Disc, Configuration etc. If you click on the Disc tab, it will show you all the info about a disc that you might have put in your drive. Thanks. I am sure there must be some other way to find out what I want.

    http://www.hotdl.com/dl/uploads/20111116214353.png

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    Re: Software that can detect type of CD / DVD

    the burner k3b seems to, though i didnt test for cd. in the top-left area it says about media, you can right-click for more info.

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    Re: Software that can detect type of CD / DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by black veils View Post
    the burner k3b seems to, though i didnt test for cd. in the top-left area it says about media, you can right-click for more info.
    I can confirm that k3b also identifies audio CDs and data CDs.

    So if you are happy with a GUI application, use k3b

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