2 optical drives?

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January 4, 2009 at 03:08:37
Specs: XP SP2, 1.6/1536
I have a CD drive and a DVD drive. Both are burning ones. Is that CD drive basicly unneeded? Would it be a good idea to remove it, and only use that DVD drive? Do i gain anything doing so?

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January 4, 2009 at 06:16:32
I will ask you a ? in return ! What if you wish to make a copy of a CD-ROM ? Perhaps a music CD that you just purchased ,by law you are legally allowed to make one copy for a back up in case the originial is destroyed or damaged ! I believe you are limiting your PC's capabilities by removing one of the drives. You can for a very affordable price by a DVD burner and replace the CD burner with the new DVD burner this way you can copy DVD's,this would be the best set up . Find one that covers most formats and you will still be able to make CD-ROM copies also ! This is the best setup IMHO !
Take Care Nick

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January 4, 2009 at 07:22:18
The DVD burner can handle ALL the burning duties so you really only need the one drive. It's up to you whether to keep the CD burner or not.

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January 4, 2009 at 11:07:38
You can make copies with a single burner drive. An image is first made on a hard drive and then the copy is written.

But not much is really gained by removing the second drive.

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January 4, 2009 at 13:05:34
Keep the second drive! Saves a LOT of time duplicating CDs/DVDs.

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January 4, 2009 at 13:32:19
Another use for the CD burner is to keep a disk in there always for Nero InCD or what I use, Roxio Drag to disk. Both those programs are packet writers. Very handy for instant backup of your personal files.

The purpose in leaving it in there is because ejecting a formatted disk requires the program to close the session. That takes a minute or so. You might not use the packet writer if you had to eject disks constantly.

I run THREE optical drives in my full tower. Also running TWO SATA II hard drives plus an external USB.

Backup, backup, backup.

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