I already have a DVD reader, and CD writer in my system. I'm thinking of adding a DVD writer. As I have no more IDE cables available, I'm intending to remove the DVD reader and replace it with the DVD writer. Is this straightforward, or are there any potential pitfalls (I'm thinking of the Sony DVD writer which supports both formats).
As well as the Sony you could also consider the LG GSA - 4040B which is listed as the No.1 best buy in the current 100th issue of PC ADVISOR MAGAZINE. (The Sony is No.2.) Not only is the LG multi format with + and - DVD writing it also covers DVD-RAM (which the Sony does not). Price of the LG is listed at microdirect.co.uk as GBP 112-80 inclusive of vat.
As Diesse and kinger say it's very easy, and once you have done it you will think "how much would a PC shop charge for that?" and realise that this is an area where most people fear to tread and so pay silly money for a few minutes work.
First time will take you an hour max as you will go dead careful, then next time no more than 30 mins if that.
Called in at Microdirect this afternoon and purchased the LG 4040B retail boxed for ?89 +vat. OK I see I could have saved a fiver by buying from Ebuyer but its worth that not having to wait for parcel force. Also wanted some of these new round IDE cables to try and improve the airflow in this Medion midi PC case especially as I intend fitting a second HDD. These round IDE cables apparently come in all colours. ?5 each plus vat. Hopefully will avoid fitting another fan.
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