Background and Identification
The Dell 48x IDE is a Dell CD-ROM optical drive for reading data software and loading files onto a computer. Optical drives are devices that can read and/or write data from optical discs using lasers or electromagnetic waves near the visible spectrum of light. Optical drives are commonly found in desktop computers, game consoles, and CD/DVD/Blu-Ray players, as these devices all require the physical media of a laserdisc to operate, although the adoption of internet updates has made this less true for computers in recent years.
The optical drive reads information from a disc by shooting a laser onto the surface and detecting the resultant reflections, which will vary based on the deviations on the surface of the disc. This process, known as the optical path, usually consists of a semiconductor laser diode to provide a light source, a lens to focus that light onto a particular spot on the disc, and a photodiode that picks up the reflected light. The wavelength of the laser actually varies based on the technology used, with CDs using an infrared 780nm wavelength, DVDs using a red 650nm, and Blu-Ray reducing this further to 405nm, which explains why these discs are not cross-compatible.
The Dell 48x IDE CD-ROM Drive features an internal enclosure type with an IDE/E-IDE interface. It runs on the PC platform. This model features a 48-times read speed and can support CD-Text, CD-Extra, CD-DA (Audio), CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Video CD, and CD-ROM formats.
The Dell 48x IDE CD-ROM Drive typically includes a sticker on the top of the drive with the model number and other identifying information.
- MPN: XD088
- Type: CD-ROM
- Enclosure Type: Internal
- Interface: IDE / E-IDE
- Platform: PC
- Read Speed: 48X
- Supported CD Formats: CD-TEXT, CD EXTRA, CD-DA (AUDIO), CD-ROM XA, PHOTO CD, VIDEO CD, CD-ROM