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building a new desktop without optical drive - yay or nay?

I still need to source an optical drive for my desktop build. Besides using them to boot from an OS disc to install a new OS, I never really use them. Can I simply mount the ISO of the OS to a USB thumb drive, and install from that? I do not see any other use for an optical drive.

I see newegg.ca has this for $17.99:

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
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  1. Yes you can mount the ISO to a USB stick. You have to change the boot order in the motherboard BIOS though so it will try to boot from USB first.
  2. Lots of builder have dropped the optical drive. OS can be installed fast from a usb drive and programs can be download or loaded from an external drive. Plus the front od the case looks better.
  3. If you don't use it otherwise, it's really a waste to have it just for installing the os. Windows Vista and up and most Linux distros support installing from USB drive.
  4. Since no one is bothering to tell you HOW....

    www.microsoftstore.com/store/msus/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool/
  5. unksol said:
    Since no one is bothering to tell you HOW....

    www.microsoftstore.com/store/msus/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool/


    Thanks! What i usually is simply extract the iso with winrar into a folder and install my programs from that program. I figured i could simply put the OS install files in the root directory of the thumb drive and boot from it.
  6. Best answer
    You can as explained above, but I wouldn't recommend it. Optical drives are so cheap nowadays that it's worth having for that one time you need to install software via a CD. If your budget is a huge concern, skip it, but for me that would be one of the last things I'd skip.
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