How Can I Tell If My CD Burner Supports Lightscribe?

By Misty Rodriguez

LightScribe allows its users to burn labels directly onto a disc. Its laser technology makes creating labels more economical, as it cuts out the need to purchase ink and labels. Also, the result is more professional looking, because there is no smudging, and the labels won't peel off or tear like the stick-on kind. In order to use this technology, you must have a LightScribe-enabled disc drive. The label is made with the same drive that burns data onto CDs and DVDs; all you have to do is flip the disc over once you're done transferring the data.

Step 1

Look at the outside of your disk drive. If it supports LightScribe, it should have the LightScribe logo on the front of it.

Step 2

Look for a sticker with the LightScribe logo elsewhere on your computer. If your disc drive is exceptionally slim, the logo may not be located on the drive itself, as there isn't enough space for it. Therefore, the sticker may be located somewhere else on your computer.

Step 3

Press the "Eject" button to open up your disc drive. A LightScribe-enabed drive will have a special sensor inside it. See the Resources section for a link to the LightScribe site, where there is a picture of this sensor, marked by a red circle.