Optical drive question: DVD burner vs DVD rom
Firstly, i hope i am asking this under the right category, as i saw no category for optical drives. Anyways, i am currently planning my first build, and am picking out optical drive(s). i would like to know the difference between a burner and a rom. i remember when i was younger, we would always use the dvd burner for everything and ignore the optical drive that said rom, but am not entirely sure how accurate that memory is. can i read and write to and from dvds/cds using a burner, but only read data from a dvd/cd with a rom? this is my understanding but im not entirely sure, any clarification would be helpful.
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looy99 said:USAFRet said:ROM = Read Only Memory.
Used to be, the 'burner' was expensive. So you had a read only drive.
Today, any $15 drive both reads and writes.
thank you. so if i get any burner, ill be able to both read and write? so i can install an OS using this?
Yes. The only real difference is interface. Just make sure you get a SATA drive, not (old) IDE.