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Contemplating a laptop w/no cd/dvd drive

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#1 monicafaye


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Posted 21 April 2010 - 03:40 PM

I'm not very computer savvy, but I have a question I hope someone can help me with. If I buy a basic laptop with no cd/dvd drive, how do I download software? Can I run a USB cable from my desktop to the laptop or do I have to download from the software maker's website or an external cd/dvd drive? Thanks for any opinions.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 02:28 AM

there are multiple ways-external CD drive, network cable from one PC to another, USB drive, downloading them off the internet. They even make USB cables designed to connect PCs. Or even a wireless network.



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Posted 14 May 2010 - 12:45 PM

My question would be...how are you going to attempt to repair/reinstall the O/S...when the system won't boot...if you have no functional optical drive?


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Posted 16 May 2010 - 05:59 AM

Well you can always use an external CD/DVD drive (connect through a USB port). I used to have a laptop without an optical drive though, and it used to be a real pain. It is so inconvenient carrying around an external drive, or trying to figure out what to do if you don't have it handy. I would highly recommend getting one with an optical drive. (edit: especially if you're not computer savvy, because networks can be hard to setup)

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:38 AM

I bought a netbook recently. The netbook is actually an awesome little machine, I even am using it as a temporary desktop replacement with a mess of cords right now.

However the netbook has no cd/dvd drive and for this reason it will never be anything beyond a good companion to a full size desktop or laptop PC.

I get a lot of my software off the internet, such as Mozilla, Paint.Net, and OpenOffice because I am a Free addict (Free as in beer, and free as in freedom). However at some point I find that I need some proprietary software to accomplish day to day tasks (MS Office), sometimes I need to recover a crash (Windows Recovery CD, Ultimate Boot CD), and sometimes I want to run Linux (Ubuntu Live CD). Also I like games such as Call of Duty.

In order to do these necessary tasks (and playing FPS games is the most important, play before work) I find that I need a CD/DVD Drive. Also I sometimes want to burn CD's for either music or software.

What I am saying is that I have found a no CD laptop to be an extremely capable machine, however without the companionship of a full desktop with a CD/DVD-RW and some decent processing power the Netbook can never be all that I own. This Juror says that today you still need a CD Drive SOMEWHERE.
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Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:48 AM

Apart from the other replies - all of which are excellent :blink: - would you consider using a memory stick which attaches via USB? These are nice and portable too.

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