What Is HP Direct to Disk Printing?

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What Is HP Direct to Disk Printing?
HP Direct to Disk Printing prints onto the coated side of a CD. (cd dvd image by Danielle Bonardelle from Fotolia.com)

HP Direct to Disk printing prints labels directly onto compatible CDs and DVDs. You can only use CDs and DVDs with a specially-coated side with Direct to Disk Printing.

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Only certain HP printers, like the Photosmart D5360 and the Photosmart C5280, support Direct to Disk printing (see Resources). If your printer does not specifically support Direct to Disk printing, do not try to print directly onto a CD or DVD.


Printers cannot write directly onto plastic, so printable CDs and DVDs have a coated side onto which the HP printer can print. HP manufactures printable disks that are optimised for its printers. The company warns against using disks to which you've attached blank labels with Direct to Disk printing.


Burn the CD or DVD before printing on it. According to Epson, the printing process may make it impossible for the burner to record data onto the disk.

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