by February 5, 2002 0 comments

Which Drive?

Chances are that your choice is not between CD-ROM drives, rather between a CD ROM ‘read only’ drive, a CD-R ‘read and write once’ and a
CD-RW ‘read, write and re-write’ drive. 
CD-R drives are more or less out of the market. The competition is between CD drives and
CD-RWs. If you need to transfer bulky files regularly or want to collect all your music as MP3s, then there’s nothing like a
CD-RW drive with good buffer underrun protection (technologies like BurnProof or
JustLink) to help you back up your data or burn some MP3 CDs when your hard disk fills up. 
If you do have a lot of writing to do, then it is better to go in for separate CD-ROM and
CD-RW drives and use the latter only for writing data and not normal reading. 

They made multimedia a household name. Even today, CDs are one of the most inexpensive and reliable methods of distributing large amounts of data. Though most vendors tout speed, you don’t really need a super-fast one (52x or more). A 40x or 48x one is fine for home users. Similar is the case for office PCs, where CD-ROMs are usually used for installing software or driver upgrades. Internal IDE drives are faster and cost less than sleek external USB drives, which are handy for mobile users or those whose notebooks don’t have a built-in drive. SCSI drives are more expensive than IDE and are needed only for servers or high-end multi-tasking machines.

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