cd rom/dvd rom/burner question


R

rferoni

building a PC and need to get dvd rom/ cd burner. PC is for Mom. She uses
her cd rom for playing music and wants to start burning her own music.
Should I get seperate drives or a combo drive? Do the combo drives wear out
faster? Please enlighten me......

Ron
 
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Hackworth

rferoni said:
building a PC and need to get dvd rom/ cd burner. PC is for Mom. She uses
her cd rom for playing music and wants to start burning her own music.
Should I get seperate drives or a combo drive? Do the combo drives wear out
faster? Please enlighten me......
For her needs, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive is probably more than sufficient.
On those occasions where she would want to make "backup" copies of her music
CDs, it would be nice to have a separate CD-ROM (or DVD-ROM) drive so that
she could make a direct disc-to-disc copy using Nero or somesuch. Only you
and she can decide how important it is for her to save a little time in
those cases. Odds are, it's not that important and you're better off with a
single combo drive.
 
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JAD

I dislike the 'combo' part of a combo drive, not unlike multi function printers/copiers. If one part of the drive dies, you lose all
the functions. If you buy a 'combo' anything for the price of (or close to) a single function peripheral, the parts used could/most
likely be of poor quality in order to stay competitive price wise. IOW I would rather have a DVD and a separate burner. as I would
a scanner and a printer.
 
S

Sooky Grumper

JAD said:
I dislike the 'combo' part of a combo drive, not unlike multi function printers/copiers. If one part of the drive dies, you lose all
the functions. If you buy a 'combo' anything for the price of (or close to) a single function peripheral, the parts used could/most
likely be of poor quality in order to stay competitive price wise. IOW I would rather have a DVD and a separate burner. as I would
a scanner and a printer.
I'm not agreeing or disagreeing here, but by that same type of reasoning
buying two separate drives leaves twice as many parts to malfunction
(especially moving mechanical parts)....
 
S

Shep©

I'm not agreeing or disagreeing here, but by that same type of reasoning
buying two separate drives leaves twice as many parts to malfunction
(especially moving mechanical parts)....
But i've found with any combo device computers or whatever once one
bit goes the user soon becomes bored with the device so replaces
it.I'd go for the separates as no combo device is
a,"Jack-of-all-trades" and usually a,"Master of none".
My 10 penn'th




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LeeB18509

rferoni said:
building a PC and need to get dvd rom/ cd burner. PC is for Mom. She uses
her cd rom for playing music and wants to start burning her own music.
Should I get seperate drives or a combo drive? Do the combo drives wear out
faster? Please enlighten me......

Ron
I have the Lite-on combo drive, it works great. I'm glad I bought it.
http://tinyurl.com/y4yg
 
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Gene Puhl

building a PC and need to get dvd rom/ cd burner. PC is for Mom. She
uses her cd rom for playing music and wants to start burning her own
music. Should I get seperate drives or a combo drive? Do the combo
drives wear out faster? Please enlighten me......

Ron
I don't know where you live, but where I am (Australia) it's cheaper to buy a
DVD player and a CDRW separate. That's my setup and "on the fly" copying is a
breeze. Of course, "legal, back up copies" only.
 

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