I'm looking at replacing the Samsung Combo CD/RW + DVD/R drive in my 5-yr old Dell Dimension 4100. Should I replace with another Combo drive (perhaps one that writes to DVDs as well as CDs) or perhaps 2 drives - one as a multi-purpose reader and one dedicted to burning. I've heard people recommend the latter but don't know why?
I prefer two drives in a desktop, but that is purely for convenience; I often find myself needing to use both drives. I have a all-format combo drive on my laptop and I'm perfectly happy with that. As it's a laptop drive AND a combo, it's CD speeds are not cutting edge, but does that matter? Not really.
I can't envisage any benefit from a performance point of view. If you're one of those people who use Nero for CD burning and you do CD to CD copies, then making an image first and burning from that is apparently more reliable than on-the-fly copying.
I never have the need to make duplicates of discs though. I would not think that it's something that anyone would do regularly unless you make your money from pirating software. And I'm assuming that you don't do that.
I have a DVD-rom and a DVD-rw drive in my computer and I am glad I chose that. It can make life alot easier for some things. Also if you only have a combo drive and it is used alot, then they can quickly break, aminly because they are not as robust, or so I'm told.
Go for what ever you can afford OldNick, and good luck.
Am going to go with another combo to kick off with, but as SG points out, CD drives are pretty cheap now so I may well add a second drive for writing (probably CD-R only) in the not too distant future. Thanks for your comments all
I would go with 2 drives, the reason is pretty simple. If one fails you can use the other one till you get a replacement so you can still use the computer. If you have one CD device and it fails you can still use whatever is on the computer but are unable to load up anything new till you get a replacement. Sorry for the bad English but its late, since I seem to be writing gibberish I think its time to go to bed.