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I want to start burning my own CD’s. I have read that Plextor and Liteon are good. Not sure if I need an external unit. I do have a space in my box for an internal. I can see an unused plug in there with a red, black, black and yellow wires. Anyway,

  1. Should I just go with an external unit?
  2. Who would sell them locally?
  3. Do I need to purchase software seperately?
  4. If so, which software is good?
  5. Do I then sign up with a site like Napster or something?

If there is already a post on this subject, thanks for leading me there. I would also love to burn DVD’s (if that is possible, I think it is). Sorry for being so lame about this, but I just don’t know where to start. Thanks.

Your system can handle 4 IDE devices without aditional hardware. CD-ROM and Hard disks use the same connection, so you can hook up 2 hard disks, 1 CD-ROm and one CD-writer (CD-RW). Instead of a CD-RW you can also connect a DVD-writer.

External units are usually slower and far more expensive. So if you can hook one up (the cable you described is for power, you have to look at the grey wide cable with black connectors) internally, this would be the preferred choice.

You can buy drives online at sharp prices (check out our Bargain Basement forum also) or in most hardware shops nearby (just look around for prices, so you don’t pay too much).

With most writers software is included, but that will not always be sufficient. Some writers come with decent software (like Nero), others don’t. Regardless of your writer, you can always buy additional software that specialises in certain features, such as backing up copy protected software. IN this respect I would like to recommend Alcohol 120% and CloneCD, learn more in their respective forums here…

Question number 5 is too close to illegal activities which are not allowed on this forum and thus I cannot answer that. But for sharing files I would recommend Kazaa, provided you use it for legal purposes.

Finally, read other people’s postings, use the search frquently to learn more about certain specific topics…you’ll find a lot of information here.

Does that mean I can disconnect the CD-ROM and hook up an internal CD-RW unit to the same connections? Sorry if that is a lame question.

Originally posted by DaveF
Does that mean I can disconnect the CD-ROM and hook up an internal CD-RW unit to the same connections? Sorry if that is a lame question.

Yes, this should be no problem.

But what kind of PC do you have, more specs would be helpful in this respect.

In most of todays pc’s there are a few ide ports that you can hook up a cd-rw drive to.

  1. Does your machine before you open the case, have a extra bay for expansion. What I mean when I say this is, in front of your computer is there a slot or is it jus tthe cd-rom drive??
    similiar to the picture?? look here http://www.computercasesandcables.com/ccc/lt-a06.html?id=vKKbbZru

If not, then you would have to use the cdrw in the regular cd-rom bay. The red yellow and black cables are the power cables that need to be plug into the back of the drive. Once you look at the inside of the computers you can see that the drive nneds to have power(hence the power cables black yellow and red, and also needs to have ide cables. Sometimes the cable(s) maybe all chained together( hard drive and cd-rw drive). Sometimes they are set as masters/slaves. This is simple when it comes to master slave combos though, You cant have 2 masters on the same though. If you look at the back of the drive there should also be a little area with pins that you can see, this is the m/s area.
If you get an error after you hook them up make sure you check the settings for m/s , And one more thing - Make sure you line up pin 1(look for a number 1 on the drive itself) with the stripped side of the cable, although some cables can only go in one way.

I have a Dell XPS Dimension D300. I do have an extra bay.
Inside I see the power cable. Also there is a very flat white (cable) about 2.5 inches wide, connected to the cd-rom. It seems to have a plug in the middle where one might be able to splice into it. Should I plug into that or just disconnect the cd-rom. And there is also a pretty thick (1/8") blue wire connection going into the cd-rom. Getting a little ahead of myself, but it sounds like I am able to use (once I buy it) an internal CD-RW. What do you think?

Ok then you can add the cd-rw in there. If there is a plug similiar to what is in back of the cd-rom, then you can have it and the cd-rom also.

The blue cable is connected to the motherboard correct?? that is for the audio…

You don’t have to disconnect the cd rom just connect the burner to the plug in the middle and check if the cdrom is set as master if so set the burner as slave (In the m/s area that tax and cloakdoa mentioned) But if you are going to make a lot of “on the fly” copies having both cdrom and writer on the same channel might lower performance.

edit
Tax answered before me I type so slow :o

I’ll make it real easy for you. Go to Best Buy and bring your Dell w/ you, then buy a Plextor 48x internal CDRW there and have the techs there install the unit for you. As for your Qs -

  1. No.
  2. Best Buy, CompUSA, Fry’s, etc.
  3. No. Full version softwares are included.
  4. See the general software and burning software forums.
  5. Sorry, but that subject tends to involve illegal activities.

Originally posted by DaveF
[B]I want to start burning my own CD’s. I have read that Plextor and Liteon are good. Not sure if I need an external unit. I do have a space in my box for an internal. I can see an unused plug in there with a red, black, black and yellow wires. Anyway,

  1. Should I just go with an external unit?
  2. Who would sell them locally?
  3. Do I need to purchase software seperately?
  4. If so, which software is good?
  5. Do I then sign up with a site like Napster or something?

If there is already a post on this subject, thanks for leading me there. I would also love to burn DVD’s (if that is possible, I think it is). Sorry for being so lame about this, but I just don’t know where to start. Thanks. [/B]

My Answer:

  1. You may if you want but, you need a USB 2.0 port to be able to burn at max speeds. External units are also costly. Internal/external choice depends upon your purpose.

  2. Any computer dealer will sell them to you.

  3. No, generally Nero (which is a good software) is bundled along.

  4. If nothing is bundled, u may buy EZCD6 or nero according to your budget.

  5. nobody @ this forum will answer that question :wink:

I highly recommend any of the lite-on models. buy, the one you get cheapest. all lite-ons work fine.

Yes you can go to best buy or Compusa or mom and pops pc store down the street. They are going to usually charge for the installation. Sometimes you can luck out and get a free installation. And then also you can do it your self.

As for the software issue, sometimes the cd-r software is the real deal, except for in cases of Plextor. It comes with a basic stripped down version of Roxio EZCD Cremator.

What I have down in the past is to download the Nero software, go to there website and get the serial for 49$ instead. Then you are legitimate.

I cant recommend any fileshare network.