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I'm getting a writable cdrom,
is it better to get an internal or external?
my computer is IBM aptiva e85 - k6-2 300mhz, 64mg sdram
Thanks!
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I think you should try to get an external model if you can afford them. Internal models are generally cheaper than External as they do not require extra cables and casing.

However, look at it this way, you are using a k6-2 CPU and 64MB of SDRAM. The internal of your PC is a hot oven good enough to fried an eggg at times of prolong usage. Why add on to the heat with a CDR drive that also generate a lot of heats to the system.

CDR drive are very peculiar about heat. I know of some internal models that got to "Rest" for an hour or so after about two hours of usage to cool down the heat up in the CPU.

My advice is to get a external model. Try Yamaha or others. I think you should give HP external models a misss since there have been quite some reports on the compatiblility of the CD is pass out.
You will faces lesser heat problem.
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Drawbacks to using external models generally are higher price and sometimes there are configuration problems.
Unless you need the portability, an internal drive can serve you well, and operate flawlessly.  (Inadequate ventilation can cause any computer components to fail.)
You might want to consider the merits of a re-writable recorder as well.
Prices are dropping, and they can burn CD-R as well as offering the ability to erase, using CD-R/W.
Depending on your needs, many of the newer ATAPI drives are less expensive than SCSI and need no additional interface.  They can also do DAO recording, saving time. (Copying from CDROM to CD-R.)
Let me know if you need more.
Regards,
Ralph
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Ralph,
I want to be able to copy cdrom to cdrom, don't all writable cdrom do this?
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Some do it disk-to-disk, the fastest way.
Others must first copy from CDROM to the HD, then from HD to the recorder.  This extends copying time.
Be sure to carefully check the features of whatever drive you are considering.  If it does DAO, they're going to announce the fact....
Ralph
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Ralph,
Sorry if this is a dumb question but,
what does DAO, ATAPI, & SCSI stand for?
Thanks.
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Wanda,
No problem.  It's not dumb if you've never seen it before!
DAO stands for Disk-At-Once.
For example, recording from an audio CD in the CDROM to the CD recorder in a single operation.
ATAPI & SCSI are differing types of interfaces used for making connections to drives in computers.  Each requires its own separate driver software.
ATAPI/IDE interfaces come built-in on most newer PC motherboards today.
SCSI interface adapters are usually added to a system in the form of a plug-in card.
Ralph
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Thank you both very much for all the info, I know alot more about it than I did yesterday,
I'm leaning towards internal, I think it's well vented, and I'll probably rarely use it,
but how hard is it to install? can a first timer do it, just reading the directions?
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What about speed, I noticed some say 2X, is that really slow?
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by:rmarotta
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If you're handy with a screwdriver, and not afraid to "get under the hood", it's not difficult.
Most of the drives I've seen come with fairly good documentation for installation.  Some don't, but it's not too big a challenge to get them running.
After all, you can come back here if you need help with it!
Good luck,
Ralph
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