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 02/16/2006 06:44 PM
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Jhnboy
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Ok so i saw that (and realized) that a cd-drive was neccessary on my new (desktop athlon 4400, or opteron) pc.

So.................... I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to make a little guide for me (and others) about CD-drives. (pretty soon on this forum we would have guides for alot of hardware)!

few questions i need answers(+the guide or inside the guide or tutorial)
1) What do they mean (and their difference) by CD-burner, combo drive?, Dvd- burner? (difference between cd-burner?), Slim combo drive?, Slim dvd-burner?.
Whats the difference between all of those?

2) Can a cd-burner burn dvds?
3) Can a dvd-burner burn normal cds?
4) whats a good write speed (or read speed if they have one?)
5) Whats and IDE interface? (is this common on most motherboard, especially 939s?)

6) Whats the difference between DVD+r, Dvd+rw? (and what do they do?)
7) Whats a (and the difference) between a cd-r , cd-rw?
8) Whats dvd- ram?
9) Whats dvd+r dl?



oh yeah (mainly answer my questions but) my price budget is round 50-70 bucks? (always can be lower)


I know this may seem like alot but please answer the ones that you can. Thanks!
Help is always appreciated!
(this will help many others too!
 02/16/2006 09:32 PM
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please help it is one of the last things keeping me away from my new pc.
 02/16/2006 09:43 PM
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1) What do they mean (and their difference) by CD-burner, combo drive?, Dvd- burner? (difference between cd-burner?), Slim combo drive?, Slim dvd-burner?.
Whats the difference between all of those?

2) Can a cd-burner burn dvds?
3) Can a dvd-burner burn normal cds?
4) whats a good write speed (or read speed if they have one?)
5) Whats and IDE interface? (is this common on most motherboard, especially 939s?)

6) Whats the difference between DVD+r, Dvd+rw? (and what do they do?)
7) Whats a (and the difference) between a cd-r , cd-rw?
8) Whats dvd- ram?
9) Whats dvd+r dl?

ANSWERS
1. CD Burner burns CDs, Combo drive means it burns CDs and then some, such as CD-R CD-RW ETC.
DVD Burner Burns DVDs AND CDs so it doubles, Slim are just slimmer cd drives used for low profile cases like those Mini Atx ones.

2) No
3) Yes
4) DVD- 16X CDs - 40-52X
5) IDE is the big gray cable that connects from cd burners and crap and Hard drives to the motherboard, its how the motherboard recognizes the drive and is able to operate it, kinda like plugging a PS2 with the power cable, but you gotta put the video cables in to auctually see whats going on.
6) R stands for writable, RW stands for Re-Writable, RWs use special disks so when you burn something on DVD RW you can erase the data and RE WRITE on to it, R's just Write you CANT REWRITE WITH CD AND DVD -R'S
7) same what I said above apllies, just subsituite CD for DVD
8) Dvd-Ram "read-and-write memory" - the opposite of ROM (Read-Only Memory). meaning you can write crap and view crap on it. Its more simmilar to Hard Disks
9)DVD+r dl stands for DVD Writable DOUBLE LAYER, Double layered DVD Disks contain around 8gbs of storage rather than the normal 4.5, though you need a burner that says DUAL LAYER COMPATABILE to use DUAL LAYERD DISKS.

Honestly you need to stop posting so many questions and google some of this stuff or go to http://www.wikipedia.com/ and ask away over there.

If anyone finds a mistake feel free to correct me and elaborate more on the terms.

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 02/16/2006 11:29 PM
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oh ok thanks. sorry to be so pesky but yeah...
its kinda hard to find the info your looking for but WOW
thanks!
you answered all of those questions!
THANK YOU!

oh and after reading that... im deciding a DVD-rw because (i think) they can:

1) write normal cd s (burn)
2) write normal rw cds
3) Write DVDs ®
4) Write DVDs (rw)

and they can read from games, files (from the cd , r,rw ,dvd r ,dvd rw all these?) and other info?

 02/17/2006 01:16 AM
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quote:

Originally posted by: Jhnboy
oh ok thanks. sorry to be so pesky but yeah...
its kinda hard to find the info your looking for but WOW
thanks!
you answered all of those questions!
THANK YOU!

oh and after reading that... im deciding a DVD-rw because (i think) they can:

1) write normal cd s (burn)
2) write normal rw cds
3) Write DVDs ®
4) Write DVDs (rw)

and they can read from games, files (from the cd , r,rw ,dvd r ,dvd rw all these?) and other info?



1. Yes
2. Yes, and its CD-RW not RW CDs
3. Yes, DVD(+/-)R
4. Yes, DVD-RW

Yes they read the info on the CDs/DVDs

Masashi

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 02/17/2006 03:57 PM
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thanks you all!
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