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by Carr / February 11, 2004 8:40 AM PST

I would welcome suggestions and search references for info on CDRom Software and Hardware. I run Win98SE on DSL. No burner/player or software currently installed. Any comment on BurnQuick software?

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Re:CDRom Software/Hardware
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2004 9:27 AM PST

Let's move quickly on this issue. With CDRW drives being found onsale for $9.99 to $19.99 with bundled software that does work, it's hard to imagine parting with much more than a twenty. What some will not like is that support is not ready to be found for that price.

But that's what I use when a CDRW drive is needed.

Bob

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Re:CDRom Software/Hardware
by CaptP / February 11, 2004 10:25 AM PST

My "onboard CD drive gave up the ghoast and I had to do somthing real quick, I purchased a Pacific Digital Recoardable/Rewrite stand alone unit for $90 bucks. Plugs into USB port and comes with its own support software. The software package let's you burn music CDs, make data disks, store photos etc., they have an upgrade package for cheap but I havn't found a need for it yet. Oh yeah, I bought it at Office Max or Depot or one of those. I know there's quite a few products out there but this one is pretty good for the money, in my experience.
Paul

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Re:CDRom Software/Hardware
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 11, 2004 11:40 AM PST

Much like Bob above, when I install a CD-RW drive, I watch for sales and make sure that the drive includes it's own software. I'm not very picky about the brand name any more as the small amount of money spent doesn't create a lot of expense, even if the drive is short-lived. In my experience, the most common CD-RW software is normally Roxio's Easy CD Creator or Nero's Burning. They both work well, and as long as you've got room to install an "internal" drive, I would choose that.

ON the other hand, if you've got a minimal power supply and a small computer tower which would prevent the installation of a second drive, then an "external" CD-RW using a USB connection can be a good choice. An external model will be more expensive and generally slower than the internal models, but I've found times when it was the only way to get a burner installed. Once again, I look for a drive that has the software included.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Worth repeating CDRW Software can cost more than the drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2004 9:16 PM PST

With CDRW drives on sale from 9.99 to 29.99 all the time, you would scream if you had to expend another 50 bucks (or more?) for CDRW recording software.

Make sure you see it note "software included."

Bob

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The problem with"software included", Bob,...
by Paul C / February 15, 2004 10:42 AM PST

...is that the software is a truncated version of Nero, Roxio, etc., and therefore lacks the functionality of the full commercially available package (e.g., if an included package includes disk copying capability, it usually doesn't support copying in raw mode, which you need for archiving many programs you buy and are entitled to copy for archiving). Also, that software generally can only be used on the burner with which it's bundled - a real PITA if you have two recordable optical drives...

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Re:The problem with... Noted.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2004 10:56 AM PST

Better than 9 out of 10 won't use that RAW feature. SO those who need it can upgrade to the full Nero or what they prefer.

Hard to beat the current deals...

Bob

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