Do I need 2 drives to record DVDs?

  pepe 13:11 21 Apr 05

I have a Shuttle SS51 computer with a DVD/CRRW combo drive (single drive bay). I would like to replace this drive with a DVD recorder.

Can I read CDs and DVDs with a DVD writer and if so which would you recommend?

  TBH1 13:25 21 Apr 05

no idea which drive is better than the other - -but you only need 1 drive - - when backing up a CD or DVD, the image is copied to hard disk first, then back to CD / DVD

  stlucia 13:27 21 Apr 05

You don't have to have a separate reader if you've got a burner. All DVD burners I know will read and burn CDs as well (I stand to be corrected).

And if you want to copy a CD or DVD, your software will copy the disk to your HDD first and then prompt you to insert the disk you want to burn it to.

  pepe 13:32 21 Apr 05

Thanks for the replies, just what I was hoping.

I take it then that I can use the recorder to play DVD movies with existing PowerDVD software.

  TomJerry 14:20 21 Apr 05

you will not be disappointed with latest LG or Liteon models, all sold at microdirect around £35

  pepe 14:23 21 Apr 05

Thanks everyone, will have at a look at microdirect as suggested.

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