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Do I need two optical drives?

My PC clone currently has a Plextor PX-708A DVD-rewritable with a reported 40x cd-rom capability, and a Samsung SC-152L CD which is allegedly 52X. I kept both, because I figured that the 52x would install software faster. Someone recently told me that the Samsung isn't really necessary, and that the DVD drive will actually install software faster. Can that be true? Even if the DVD drive isn't faster, is there that much difference between 40x and 52x? I appreciate any comments on this issue.
Thank you,
Dan Cordoba

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Do I need two optical drives?

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"Even if the DVD drive isn't faster, is there that much difference between 40x and 52x" Not realy in the long run. Drives only run at full speed for short periods of time and it depends on what is happening in the PC at the time. If you play a lot of music CD's maybe keeping the CD-rom for that use. John

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Looks like I only need one

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Since I can play CDs on my DVD-ReWritable. and since the other factors are inconsequential, I think I will stick with just the DVD drive.
Thanks for the input.
Dan Cordoba

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About speeds.

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Too much information

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Thanks for the link, but from the other responses I got, I think its clear that there are little or no advantages to keeping both drives.
Thank you,
Dan Cordoba

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if your a lazy gamer :)

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most gamers with 2 optical drives just leave the dvd/cd for the game inside the drive so all you have to do is click the icon and your ready, no fiddling with cases and scratches and such and such.

konny

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I'm not that lazy

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That's one aspect that I never even considered. However, I'm not much of a gamer, and I'm constantly swapping media into and out of the drives, so I think I will do fine with just the DVD Re-Writable.
Thanks,
Dan Cordoba

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Up to you...

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If all you plan to do is install s/w, pick the with CD drive you like. You needn't have both, that's optional. But, since one is DVD, you may want to keep that, more so if its a burner. The higher end drive should seem to be better but overall its not much of a difference. As it stands, having both installed isn't a total waste of resources. The only cavet is that both drives suck up power and if one drive will do all the needs you want of it, then keep one. Save the other case and noted here and other forums, CD drives do fail, save as a replacement.

I have dual CDs installed and like both, one for burner s/w used, second because the other is DVD and plays my media requests. The DVD drive isn't a burner, but that's me.

If you're happy, do what you need. Don't get too nit-picky as the difference other than stated are slight.

enjoy -----Willy

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That makes perfect sense

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Your suggestion makes perfect sense. I will keep the DVD-ReWritable installed, and remove and save the 52X CD drive as a backup.
Thank you
Dan Cordoba

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Ever do any copying?

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Two drives makes it easier. I have a Pioneer dual layer DVD-RW drive and a Sony CD-RW drive. They take up minimal resources (almost none when idle), pull minimal power from my power supply, and just look nice. And two drives comes in handy when copying all the illegal software I have (JUST KIDDING!) But the two drives makes copying much easier.

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Right on Wayne....

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I have a DVD-ROM drive in one bay and a CD-RW burner in another bay. Except for making a CD, I use the DVD-ROM drive for playing all games and other CD programs, that way saving the wear & tear on the burner.

I have an inexpensive DVD burner that will rewrite on any DVD+-RW or CD-RW media, and I will install in the third bay soon, but will still use the DVD-ROM drive for everything except burning.

Gee Wayne, even most of those legal CD games will not duplicate right...eh????

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And. . .

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I have another dual layer DVD burner in an external USB-2 case. Too many toys.

Duplicate? Copy? Me?

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Speaking of external .......tremendous sale in Sunday

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newspaper Circuit City flyer. A external WD 80GB 7200RPM hard drive for $39.95. I bought that particular one on sale there two months ago when it was marked down from $99.99 to $69.99. It works great, has USB 2.0 connection and seperate 110v power. Is already formatted, also has a on/off button and a button for backup. Comes with a CD with the drivers. Very easy to hook up. I took a lot of games off my 100GB drive and put on the 80 and just turn it on only when I want to play games on it.

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(NT) (NT) Err.....price is after mail-in rebate. I got mine.

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