Cd Rom Drives

Written by Charles Peacock
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It's hard to believe that there was a time when CD-ROM drives were not a standard feature on home computers. These days, you pretty much have to have one if you're going to install any software or music on your computer. Luckily, CD-ROM drives are cheaper than ever. If you're looking to add or upgrade a drive, now is the time to do it.

Varieties of CD-ROM Drives

If all you need to do is install software and perhaps rip music CDs onto your computer, a basic CD-ROM drive will do the trick. These drives are kind of a dying breed, so you can pick one up at a very low price. The reason they are so cheap is that more powerful CD burners and DVD drives have rendered them obsolete.

If you want to be able to burn music CDs or back up your files onto CD-ROMs, you'll want to buy a CD burner. CD burner drives come in two main varieties: CDR and CDRW. CDR drives burn discs that can only be written on once. CDRW drives can burn and erase the same CDRW disc multiple times. These days, most CD burner drives are capable of doing both.

If you're buying a new drive for your computer, you might really want to consider a combo DVD drive. This type of drive is a bit more expensive, but it has the ability to read and write onto DVDs as well as standard CD-ROMs. The capacity of DVD discs is far greater than CD-ROMs, so they're a much better solution for backing up data.

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