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I've Got To Get A Dvd Drive


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 11:47 AM

Getting a DVD drive is the only way i'll be able to Play FlightSim X, Civilisation 4, Silent Hunter etc which are only apparently available on DVD.
Shall I get a read-only one?
Or shall I spend a bit more and get a dual one that reads and writes (burns)?
Are duals more hassle to install and set up than read-only's?
The only reason I can think of for getting a read-and-writer is so I can save screenshots and pics from my hard drive onto CD's, will it be able to do that?
I see some DVD drives say '16X DVD read speed' on the box, is that fast enough or shall I get a faster one?
Are DVD drives easy to fit? I just unscrew the old CD-Rom drive and screw in the DVD drive in its place, right?

PS- you guessed it, I'm PC-illiterate (sniffle)

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 02:47 PM

Don't waste your time with just a reader. Burners are around $35 at newegg.com
Installation is easy. Just make sure the cable interface is the same, i.e. IDE (wide, flat cable) or SATA
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 10:20 PM

DVDs and CDs are what are known as plug and play devices, they are that simple to install. If it is a IDE type (the flat ribbon connetor) then you need to be sure that the red stripe is on the right side as it is connected to the drive facing the rear of the drive. After it is installed the installation wizard will recognize it on the next boot and will find the appropriate drivers and assign them.

As previously mentioned, at the current price it's only a couple of dollars more to purchase a burner, it's worth it! Most all of them now a dual burners, meaning that they will play and burn both CDs and DVDs.

16x is plenty fast for burning, actually...slower speeds of burning can produce better results. Most software for burning will allow you to adjust the burn speed.

Installation...two screws per side to hold it in, one IDE calbe or SATA cable, and one power connection. With an IDE this changes if you are going to add a second drive on the same cable, you will then have to change the jumper to configure with the Master and Slave appointments and their respective locations on the cable.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 01:08 PM

Okay I bought and fitted a 'DVD Rewriter' today and it works fine at reading game DVD's.
The next step is to try burning (writing) something on to a blank disk, but there are absolutely no instructions with it at all, crazy!
Furthermore, somebody told me the things can only write to blank CD's and not to blank DVD's, what's he talking about?
No problem,I'll just go and buy some blanks, which shall i get, blank CD's or blank DVD's?
Then how do I burn a picture from my hard drive onto the blank, I mean what buttons do I press?
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Posted 04 July 2008 - 01:31 PM

There is so much information out there, I would suggest Googling "How to burn a CD" and "How to burn a DVD" and read some choices at your leisure, then come back with any questions you have. The one thing I can tell you is don't go cheap when buying the disks. We can also link you to the various burning software you might need
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Posted 05 July 2008 - 12:39 PM

Okay thanks guys i'll psyche myself up and have a crack at burning at a later date..:)

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 07:10 PM

Okay I bought and fitted a 'DVD Rewriter' today and it works fine at reading game DVD's.
The next step is to try burning (writing) something on to a blank disk, but there are absolutely no instructions with it at all, crazy!
Furthermore, somebody told me the things can only write to blank CD's and not to blank DVD's, what's he talking about?
No problem,I'll just go and buy some blanks, which shall i get, blank CD's or blank DVD's?
Then how do I burn a picture from my hard drive onto the blank, I mean what buttons do I press?
Thanks



If this is a DVD_RW it will burn DVDs. Most of these now days will read and burn both DVDs and CDs. What is the make and model of your drive? Did you drive come with any software? Many come with a copy of software like Nero. What exactly are you interested in burning?

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 07:14 AM

If this is a DVD_RW it will burn DVDs. Most of these now days will read and burn both DVDs and CDs. What is the make and model of your drive? Did you drive come with any software? Many come with a copy of software like Nero. What exactly are you interested in burning?


It says on the box "AOpen 20X DVD Rewriter", 24.99 (about 42 dollars).
And it says "Supports all formats"
There's some instructional stuff on its accompanying Nero disk but i haven't got into it yet.
Eventually I want to burn some of my game screenshots (which I post in game forums) onto disk for safekeeping; about 500 are hosted at Photobucket but if Pbucket ever crashes i'll lose the lot, hence my burning desire to write backups..




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