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    Default Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    Things have moved on from the days of the 5 inch floppy disk. With Blu-Ray and HD-DVD around the corner, it's now the standard DVD drive which is facing obsolesce.

    But forget hi-def, do you even have a standard DVD drive in your computer? Do you use it install software, or watch movies? Or are computers not the place to watch films?

    Or are you still using the good old CD-ROM drive?

    Maybe you even use some wacky or old storage solutions?

    Tell us your thoughts. Anyone can post in this thread and vote in the poll, even if you're not registered. But registering is recommended.
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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    My work desktop computer has an internal CD-ROM and an external DVD-RW/R drive. Work laptop has a CD-RW/R/DVD-ROM drive.

    One home computer has DVD-ROM and a DVD-RW/R drive. I install software from either of those.

    Another home computer has CD-ROM and a CD-RW/R drive.

    My Linux computer at home has a CD/DVD-ROM drive.

    I read an article about a month ago about DVD and Blu-Ray where the topic was how soon DVD would be obsolete. The author believes that DVD will still be available for the next 5 to 10 years.

    I remember that after DVD became available the LaserDisc was obsolete within a couple of years.
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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    I have cd player and dvd writer/reader/cd-writer combo in my tower. I use the DVD writer to burn tv shows onto what I receive on my computer via WinTV-PVR and also use that writer to write backups and erase.
    What's all this talk about getting rid of dvds? What will replace them?
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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    Well, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.

    But that's one topic point I didn't put... who do you think will win the format war? Have Sony not learnt their lesson after Betamax?
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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    I liked betamax, but VHS won

    Movies on the Blu-Ray format are already available, but I haven't seen many on HD-DVD.

    From reading the specs on both, I believe that Blu-Ray will support higher capacity for recording and video quality. Until I see them side by side, I wouldn't want to bet on a winning format at this time.
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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    I think for us the PS3 will decide which format we follow..

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    I have a DVD/RW drive in the laptop at work. And I have an external ZIP drive plugged into the docking station.
    At home I just have a CD and a CD RW. The PC at home also has an internal SCSI zip drive.
    I have never watched a movie on a computer. But think if I traveled a lot it would be nice to able to watch movies on the laptop.
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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    Yup. Desktop & laptop.
    I don't have a video player or a TV so the DVD is most useful.
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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    My PC has a DVD-ROM drive, but that drive became defective and doesn't work
    Not that I use CDs/DVDs so much on my PC, so I don't miss it very much (the drive has been defective for 1+ year now). It used to have a CD-ROM drive, so I can always put that one back in.

    My laptop, which I use most has a CD-ROM drive. Wish it had a DVD-ROM drive, but oh well :shrug:

    As you can see, I do absolutely no CD/DVD-burning. I use USB pen drives for transferring data between computers. A 64 MB one has done it for me so far


    Who'll win, blu ray or HD-DVD? Dunno, don't care
    I'll wait and see who wins and use that format. I have no reasons to support either

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    Default Re: Do you have a DVD drive in your computer?

    I have a DVD burner in my home computer, very nice for backing up data since DVD's hold more than CD's... I've also used it for making some photo slideshows.

 

 

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