As far as the PC is concerned, a DVD burner is just an optical drive. It's the software that makes it work. Find one that fits your budget. Think about all the home built machines (I have three) that use mix and match parts. Bay size is pretty much standard for optical drives.
I'm not familiar with your term "seperate" the drive. Maybe creating another "Partition" is what you're referring to. If so, it can be a royal PITA. To do this you need specialized software (to repartition a working drive) and you risk loosing everything. I don't recommend repartitioning a working drive.
I'd suggest saving what you can't afford to loose onto optical media such as CD-R, CD-RW, or with your new drive, DVD-R or DVD-RW. DVD disks can save anything. I use DVD-RW disks for all my backups as they can hold over four Gigabytes of data and the new dual layer disks can save twice that much.
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In 2004 I purchased a Dell Dimension 4600, 45 Intel Pentium 4. 2.80Ghz, 533 fsb and 512KB cache. 80Gb IDE (7.200rpm) Hard drive.
with a 48X DVD/CDRW combo drive.
I thought I had a DVD rewriter, but now I have come to want to burn my videos to DVDs, I find this is not available on my machine!
I will need to install a DVD burner. Can someone please advise me if I can put a piece of hardware that is not made by Dell into my computer, as someone has told me the size of the slot is different.
If I dont need to buy Dell, what burner would be appropriate here?
Also I have heard that it is a good idea to 'separate' my hard drive for photos/videos etc. Is this correct, and if so, how do I go about doing this?
Is there software you would suggest for editing videos?
Any help with this would be appreciated.
Dianne, Norfolk, England