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#1 MickinPlymouthUK


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Posted 09 May 2007 - 02:23 AM

Hi. I'm totally PC-illiterate (i'm almost 60 yrs old with a stone age mentality so so what do you expect?) and want to be able to 'burn' (i think thats the word) pics from my hard drive to CD as backups.
What hardware do I need?
I presume i'll need a 'burner',(whats its proper name?) does it plug into the PC or does it have to be fitted inside?
I haven't got a DVD drive, I don't need one do I?
I know I could go down the computer shop and ask all this but they might lie through their teeth to talk me into spending more than I need to, so I thought I'd ask here first, still got enough wits about me to think of that..
What sort of prices do burners start at, I don't want anything fancy, I'll only use it once in a while anyway.
Hey would it be cheaper to ask a PC shop to do the burning for me? Do they offer services like that?
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Posted 09 May 2007 - 03:30 AM

You do need a "burner", if it's just pictures a CD-RW drive is all you need. What brand and model is your computer? Do you already have a CD rom in it? Maybe it will burn too.. As for software you can use the "copy and paste" method that Windows has.

If you need to buy a burner, Newegg.com has some for around $35 - $40. Although just CD-RW's are getting harder to find, you can use a DVD burner. They are not hard to install. If you can get the brand and model of your computer we can help out.... :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 04:18 AM

Oklay here are my PC stats, mean anything?

1.80 gigahertz AMD Sempron
512 Megabytes Installed Memory
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 [Display adapter]

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 05:56 AM

Unfortunately, your CD-ROM won't write to CD's - so you'll have to get a new one that can write. Decent CD/DVD writers cost about $40 online and are a snap to install.

First, remove the CD drive that's in there now. It'll be held in with clamps or screws. You may have to take the front off of the case to slide it out.

Once it's out, check the jumpers on the back to see what they're set at (CS or Cable Select is most common) - but since this is likely an older computer, you're likely to see it set as Master or Slave. You can tell this by the diagram that's located near the jumpers themselves. Here's a link on how to do it: http://www.pchardware.co.uk/install-optical-drive.php

Anyway, in older computers there was a standard - that is, the drive set as Master goes on the far end of the cable, while the drive set as Slave goes to the middle connector. Just figure out which one yours is and set the new one appropriately.
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