at present my computer has 2 5½" bays with my cd drive in one and the 2nd one free.. i want to get a dvd drive and a cd writer. so should i keep my existing cd drive and install a dvd+cd rw combo in the second or remove the cd drive and install a seperate dvd drive and a cd writer?
although i had a dvd combo for quite a time, i recently changed to seperates, the speeds that you get in a combo are nowhere what you can get on seperates, and the cost of them is pretty good as well, £45 for a dvd and about the same for a good fast re-writer,
Rewriters do not have the same lifespan as CD/DVD-ROM drives and should only be used for their intended purchase, with the former being used to play audio CDs, download software etc; even then their lifespan is not breathtaking as manufacturers' figures will indicate.
CD-ROM drives cost from £12 to £15 and DVD-ROM drives from little more than £20-£25 at places like click here which also occasionally offers hardware in black versions on its TodayOnly page.
Even better, although probably sold out now, is the (new, retail boxed) Cyberdrive 36x12x32x rewriter from click here at £29.99 (£35.74 including p and p).
I bought one on behalf of a friend who doesn't have internet access and he's delighted with it. His BCE rewriter had given up the ghost and the Cyberdrive proved to be a rebadged version of the same drive, but with higher speeds.
By the way, the 36x write figure is correct and, to the best of my knowledge, somewhat unusual. I seem to remember that most manufacturers jumped from 32x to 40x write speeds.
well i know using a cd rw for regular use playing cd's etc reduces its life.. what about dvd rom ? will it be ok to use it with regular cd's & software etc? if someone could confirm this, i'll tick this as resolved.
thanks to everyone who responed to this thread :o)