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CD-RW with or without CD-ROM

By ascnsult ·
I am adding a CD-RW to a computer. Is it necessary or even a good idea to keep the current CD-ROM also in the computer? I understand that the RW should be connected to the Secondary IDE port on the motherboard so the CD-ROM could be set as slave with the hard drive Primary IDE port. Any other issues I should be aware?

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by CTtech In reply to CD-RW with or without CD- ...

If you want to do "On The Fly" burning (CD-ROM to CD-ROM) then yes leave it in. If the second drive is not needed elsewhere and dosn't take up a needed space in your system it will also look cool in the front of your PC. Also Jsut be aware that copying disk to disk is not always reliable, but it will save you time if you can tweak it to work right. Have fun.

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by TopesBlues In reply to CD-RW with or without CD- ...

Its a good idea to leave the old cd-rom in the PC. (if its working of course)If you like to play music disks on your PC like I do you may want to play them through the old
CD-rom. This way you wont burn out your good CD-RW playing music disks. Also make sure that the audio cable is hooked up to the CD Rom unless you have two audio connecters on your PC. As far as the slave or master, check the documentation. Most of the time its set up the way that you had said.

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by gdunc65 In reply to CD-RW with or without CD- ...

Set the PC up with the follwoing config:
Primary Master: Harddrive.
Primary Slave: No device.

Secondary Master: CD-Writer.
Secondary Slave: CD-Rom.

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by freetech In reply to CD-RW with or without CD- ...

the laser on your cd-rw and your cd-rom has a finite life expectancy. if you use them together, they will last much longer than if you use your cd-rw for reading and writing. especially if you use them a lot.

you have the drives configured correctly. DO NOT let anybody talk you into putting your cd-rom and cd-rw on the same cable.

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