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Advice: Concerning SCSI & CD-R's

Posted on 1998-06-14
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Actually I have a couple of questions:
1) If I have a SCSI card installed and it has a internal connector and a external connector - And I am currently using the internal one for my internal Jaz drive and I have a scanner connected to the external one - IF I WAS TO PURCHASE ANOTHER INTERNAL DEVICE, HOW WOULD I BE ABLE TO HOOK IT TO THIS EXISTING CARD? In other words, Is it possible to have another internal device in the "chain"?
2) I am looking to buy a CD-R drive. I am trying to determine if I should be looking at a SCSI or IDE drive. I have used up all IRQ's already, So I am thinking I will need a SCSI drive. But then because of my first question, I am not sure whether I should be looking at a internal or external drive. Which would be my best choice under these circumstances?
3) I quess I could also consider putting the new drive in place of my existing CD drive but I would prefer to keep it. So I am asking you to give me advise on whether the SCSI drive would be better in any way than the IDE ?
4) Which make of drive is the best for the money? Recordable or re-recordable???
I know this may seem silly (or somewhat ignorant) to you but I really do not have anyone else to go to for this type of advise. I would prefer advise from someone who has a lot of experience in this area - Or leave question open for numerous responses. I will try to arrange points for all that respond.
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1) The internal and external SCSI busses are connected together (on MOST SCSI cards) so you can have up to 7 devices total between the internal and external.  You may need to get another internal SCSI cable with an additional SCSI connector if the one you have doesn't have enough.

2) If you already have a SCSI controller, then by all means get a SCSI CD-R.  Get an external for maximum ease of installation and if you are short on drive bays.  Otherwise, performance and specs are the same.  Externals usually cost about US$50 more for the case, power supply, etc.

3) This depends.  On my system, my CDROM was 32X and I didn't want to remove it to put in a slow 6X read/2X write CD-R.  So I put both in.  If, however, your CDROM is 4X, then you could consider it an upgrade.

4) Today, the CD-R is in the "sweet spot", especially the media.  In many places, they're free.  I've bought a bunch recently for $20/10 disks with a $20 rebate.  CD-RW drives are about 2X the price with media still >US$10 each.
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