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  • January 9th, 2002, 05:37 PM
    Jonty
    ...and it's handy having two drives just in case one fails just when you want to use it urgently, and the shops are shut.
  • January 9th, 2002, 05:09 PM
    griobhta
    It's also a lot easier when you are coping cd's to have two drives. Even if you have to cash it on your hard disk at least you don't have to hang around to swap disks.

    Griobhta
  • January 9th, 2002, 05:05 PM
    storm2k
    i gotta agree on that last part, but in my own defense, i saved the cdrom from my old pc.

    i like the dual cds for things like descent3, which needs 2 cds to play (it needs the second cdrom for movies in the latter stages of the game)... it's just useful. i can also listen to music via one and use programs via the other.
  • January 9th, 2002, 05:03 PM
    newbie~wan
    Reading all this I have to try to bring things back into perspective.

    Even if I leave my computer on 24-7 for years on end, shouldn't my Cd-rw in all likelyhood last at least 2 years?
    I have a 12x10x32 and it only cost me $74 - 5 months ago. I could hardly justify the ~ $30 (average price at that time) for the 52x CD-ROM just to save "wear and tear" on a drive that would probably get replaced in 2 years when triple the burn speed (or more) is dirt cheap.....and before the drive was even dead despite the "wear and tear".

    This isnt meant to be a flame people, I'm just not sure that you're being realistic here. It seems kinda like spending $100 on a hs/f and multiple case fans to overclock a processor when the faster processor could have been bought for way cheaper.
  • January 9th, 2002, 04:51 PM
    Jonty
    I've got both, use the DVD drive for everything else and just the CD-RW for burning obviously.

    I've also wired up a switch to the writer so it's not on at all when I don't need it. Apparently the laser is always on, albeit on low, when power is going to the drive, so switching it totally off saves the laser from wear. NDC gave this tip out last year in fact.

    edit - in fact it was in 2000 that the tip was posted, doesn't time fly!
  • January 8th, 2002, 03:49 PM
    storm2k
    my cdrom does 52X while the RW only does 40X...

    don't like to use the burner more than i have to...

    also nice for games that need two cds...
  • January 8th, 2002, 03:49 PM

    Canadian $$ LOL

    yeh I have a 52x in my amd750 - But it screams like a banshee running up - I thinlk it was 70$ can - and that was generic[creative I think]

    two in the same machine would be fun -

    thanks - I'll probably update the drive - I use it cause its named " old reliable' keeps on tickin -

    wiz

    edit - that was my thoguht too crazy ray - I figured that use the burner just for that - the old one for the mundane stuff!

  • January 8th, 2002, 03:47 PM
    crazyray
    I put a cheapo CD-Rom in with my CD-RW to limit wear and tear on the writer. I use the CD for playing music, installing software, anything that doesn't require the burner.
  • January 8th, 2002, 03:46 PM
    Whir
    Gots the same thing, 52x and my Sony Spressa 32x8x4. The 52x reads much faster, more reliably, and you really can't argue with being able to directly rip a CD instead of copying it down.

    -Whir
  • January 8th, 2002, 03:41 PM
    ryogenetic
    Presently I have a CDRW, DVD, and a CDROM all stuffed in my sys but I have 5 bays in my tower so there is a full bay gap between drives. The other thing is I can write faster from my cdrom to my cdrw than from cdrw to hdd to cdrw.

    RYO
  • January 8th, 2002, 03:41 PM
    fatal xception
    I got 1 52x from Compaq for $15+shipping=$22. Much faster than my CD-RW.
  • January 8th, 2002, 03:37 PM
    elevy
    Whenever possible, I prefer to have one of each in the system, just for the flexibility it affords me. Besides, you can get a 52x CD-ROM drive from Lite-On for about $45, maybe even less, depending on where you go.
  • January 8th, 2002, 03:34 PM

    CDRW & CD

    If you had the room for a cd rom and a cdrw - would you put both in the machine?

    the reason I ask is this - Put a cdrw into one machine - and It still has a bay open - should I fill it and take the wear and tear off the cdrw - [ i bought the extended warenty - 3 years - replacement]
    or put in the old 10x drive to save it for the really important stuff!

    ?? - cdrw runs 16-10-40 so it rips -

    TIA - wiz

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