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How to choose an Optical Drive?
A Brief Guide
The Optical Drive is, primarily, a device for your computer to receive external media and data. Users would do well to invest in the appropriate Optical Drive for their PC. What are some of the considerations to be made when choosing an Optical Drive? To begin with, what would you be using your Optical Drive for? To listen to CD albums? To watch DVD films? To backup data? Below are the functions for the different types of Optical Drives.
Functions for different type of Optical Drive
With the prevalence of DVDs and CDs now, most users should be familiar enough with optical drives without us having to explain more. We can only try to point you to some of the latest features in DVD burners.
Picking an Optical Drive
Remember always to make sure the Optical Drive you purchase comes with its relevant software. DVD players will need softwares such as Roxxio or Nero to perform their writing functions.
When you have just bought a new DVD writer, it is most likely to be region protected. Usually, the region code can only be changed 5 times. When the counter gets to 0, your drive will be permanently locked to the last region it was set to.
There are a total of 6 region code in this world.
There are ways to get around this problem. Some models have resetting tools made by 3rd parties to reset the change limit back to 5 and some also have firmware patches to remove the region lock. Using either of these will invalidate your Drive’s warranty and if you do it wrongly, the Drive will become useless. If you are prepared to take that risk, the firmware can usually be easily found on a search engine. To avoid all these problems, you should get a region-free DVD drive or writer.
The price difference between a DVD Writer and a CD ROM is about $50. Unless you are on a very tight budget, go for a DVD writer as it can read almost all types of disc media available in the market. Even if you won’t ever be watching a DVD film on your PC, you can still use the large storage space of a DVD to backup your data.
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