Change from cdrom to cdwriter?

  newearwax 16:04 18 Jan 05

A relative wonders if it is sensible to replace the internal cdrom drive on his WIn98 system with a cd writer.
He has not too much to spend and so does not want to upgrade to a new system with XP but finds floppies and zip siks not to his liking. has any one comments as to the ease of changing and the costs for reasonable equipment with recommendations.

  BIG Ben strikes 10 again! 16:12 18 Jan 05

you can have a CD-rom drive and a CD-writer,no need to swap,you can buy cheap CD-writers for £25 for a decent one.mine is asus and i bought for £26.and V pleased with here

  Technotiger 16:14 18 Jan 05

Hi, rather than Change, why not just Add a CDRW?
They are not too expenive these days.

Very easy to fit.


  The Sack 16:16 18 Jan 05

You can get a Liteon which for many are the greatest CD writers ever made for 17 quid click here

Or you can get a basic DVD writer for £23 click here

  Diemmess 16:32 18 Jan 05

You already have advice on brand and approx cost.

You ask How easy ?.........For anyone with a tower and a X point screwdriver it is very easy.

If the computer is a desktop case it may be possible only by replacing the old reader with the new writer, due to lack of space.

If you add, you will need a new ribbon cable and a spare power connector (usually one of these to spare anyway, inside the box)

If you replace, then the old connections will do fine.

  Sonic21 16:57 18 Jan 05

I agree with the others CD-writers are so cheap these days if bought online.

If you are adding rather than replacing remeber to change the jumper settings when you add the new drive and i think im write in saying if you want to copy a cd in your cdrom drive it has to be on a diffrent ribbon to the one connected to the CD-writer

  Stuartli 17:26 18 Jan 05

Not correct - using the secondary IDE channel cable set the rewriter's jumper as Master and the CD-ROM as Slave.

Top brand CD rewriters are from as little as £15 upwards now but should be used for their main purpose i.e. burning disks; their lifespan is normally much shorter than a ROM drive.

Use the CD-ROM drive - even better a DVD-ROM drive for little more than a tenner - to install software, play audio disks, watch DVDs etc.

  Stuartli 17:28 18 Jan 05

Many Lite-On drives are rebadged versions of specialist manufacturers' products.

See: click here

for details of who manufactures and who rebrands drives, media etc.

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