It is just that I am currently looking at new PCs for my Dad and the one he fancies has a combination CD/DVD drive. Being new, I assume the CD element will be a burner. This way, he can get a smaller tower.
If it's just able to play CDs or DVDs then it will be listed as a DVD-ROM drive - if you see CD/DVD/CD-RW drive then it will be a combo.
Better to have a DVD-ROM drive for playing audio CDs, DVDs and installing software and a standalone CD-RW (or DVD-RW) rewriter; rewriters are not especially robust in terms of life span, so should only be used for their main purpose i.e. burning.
If you use Nero, it will control the operation of both drives, which will become apparent if you use the HDD image method of copying.
can a DVD-ROM install software? I thought it was only for playing DVDs?
According to PCA, we should now be looking for a DVD writer as, apparently, these are replacing CD-RW for backing up files, having a much greater capacity. As I still use Zip drives, I know nothing about burning CDs. To be honest, I was put off by a reponse in HELPLINE in PCA which said CD-R could not be used for reinstalling files. If this is so, what is the point of them?