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Blu-ray FAQ

Which brand of Blu-ray discs should I use?

LaCie recommends using Panasonic, TDK, Verbatim or Sony Blu-ray discs.

Is my Blu-ray drive compatible with CDs and DVDs?

The Blu-ray disc system uses the same 12cm and 8cm disc sizes to support backward compatibility with CDs/DVDs. The LaCie d2 Blu-ray Drive has been developed to write and play your CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW/+RW, DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL discs.

Can I read my Blu-ray discs in a standard DVD drive?

As DVD players use a red laser to read information from a disc, they are not capable of reading the very fine pits of a Blu-ray disc, which needs a blue laser.

What precautions should I take with my LaCie Blu-ray drive?

Health, Safety and General Use Precautions:
  • Read this User's Manual carefully, and follow the correct procedure when setting up the device.
  • Do not look inside or place your hand over the open DVD/CD media tray. Never look directly or indirectly (with a mirror) at the laser diode, even when the device is not in operation. If you expose your eyes or skin to the laser inside you drive, you risk damage or loss of your vision or other personal injury.
  • Do not open your drive or attempt to disassemble or modify it. Never insert any metallic object into the drive to avoid any risk of electrical shock, fire, short circuiting or dangerous emissions. Your drive contains no user-serviceable parts. If it appears to be malfunctioning, have it inspected by qualified LaCie service staff.
  • Never expose your device to rain or use it near water or in damp or wet conditions. Never place containers on it containing liquids that may spill into its openings. Doing so increases the risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, fire or personal injury.
  • Make sure that the computer and drive are electrically grounded. If the devices are not grounded, there is an increased riskof electrical shock.

General Use Precautions:
  • Do not expose the drive to temperatures outside the range of 5° C to 40° C (41° F to 104° F) during operation. Doing so may damage the drive or disfigure its casing. Avoid placing your drive near a source of heat or exposing it to sunlight (even through a window). Inversely, placing your drive in an environment that is too cold or humid may damage the unit.
  • Do not block the ventilation outlets on the rear of the drive. These help to keep your drive cool during operation. Blocking the ventilation outlets may cause damage to your drive and cause an increased risk of short-circuiting or fire.
  • Always unplug the drive if there is a risk of lightning or if it will not be used for an extended period of time. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting or fire.
  • Do not place heavy objects on top of the drive or use excessive force on its buttons, connectors and tray. Doing so increases the risk of damage to the device.
  • Always place your drive in a horizontal position before using it. Otherwise, it may fall, causing damage to the device and / or corruption or loss of data.
  • Always remove the disc from the disc tray before transporting your drive. Otherwise, written data may be destroyed or the drive's internal components may be damaged.
  • Never use excessive force on the disc loading system; discs should be inserted effortlessly into your drive. If you detect a problem, consult the Troubleshooting section.
  • Protect your drive from excessive exposure to dust during use or storage. Dust can build up inside the device, increasing the risk of damage or malfunction.
  • Never use benzene, paint thinners, detergent or other chemical products to clean the outside of the drive. Such products will disfigure and discolor the front panel and casing. Instead, use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the device.