CDRW Drive Installation

  SURVEY 11:07 04 Nov 2005

A friend pesently is running a slow computer that runs XP Home (just!). The computer has a CDROM Drive. She wants a CDRW facility. What is involved in removing the present Drive and inatalling a CDRW drive (Connections & drivers).

Also any recommendations? I note that PC World seem to have these as cheap as £17 now online.

A DVDRW drive is more expensive - is this normally slower and would there be any diference in installation apart from the drivers?

  plsndrs3 11:23 04 Nov 2005

Personaly, if the PC is already running slow, I wouldn't add the 'burden' of a CDRW drive - and a DVDRW is going to be even more system resource hungry.

I think that the first thing to do is to get the PC running more asmoothly before adding anything. Have you run ad aware, spybot, scanned for infections/trojans?


  ACOLYTE 11:29 04 Nov 2005

It may be worth while posting the sysytem spec of the pc,if its a decent spec model then there may be other things slowing it down.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:18 04 Nov 2005

Changing CDROM for CD RW or DVD rw will not use up more resources.

just use the slowest burn rates certainly no more than x4

For £30 for a DVDRW its not worth fitting anything else as it will also read and write CDs.

How to install a front loading drive (with pictures)
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  SURVEY 14:25 04 Nov 2005

Thanks all for your comments. I have just transferred some files from my friend's computer using an external CD rwiter that I happened to have. These transferred quickly much as Fruit Bat suggested.

I have recommended a DVDRW drive but I think now that mmy friend may be considering a new computer as the deals from the likes of Dell are very good.

If she does go the route of replacing her internal CD ROM drive for a DVDRW - what is actually involved?

  De Marcus™ 14:32 04 Nov 2005

"If she does go the route of replacing her internal CD ROM drive for a DVDRW - what is actually involved?"

Not a whole lot if it's a straight forward replacement, you just make a note of where the cables and jumpers are on the back of the old cd-rom and tansfer them to the DVD-RW, or you can just follow Fruit Bat /\0/\'s 'click here'.

  ACOLYTE 14:36 04 Nov 2005

So it wasnt slowing down at all then?

  SURVEY 14:57 04 Nov 2005

Acolyte - her computer has limited memory and very little hard disk space left. It does run slowly. However burning to my external drive did not take too long.

Thanks for your help.

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