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Virtual Lab: The Inner Workings of CD/DVD Drives
University of Virginia
             
 
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Let?s look inside a PC and take apart its CD/DVD drive.

The top layers hold the disk.

The next layers control the disk’s rotation.

The final layer holds the optical read/write head that scans the data tracks.

Now we’ll disassemble each layer to see exactly how they work.

 
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