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January 20, 2011 5:46:39 PM

Please excuse my naive question about optical drives.

How many optical drives do you need? Do you need separate ones for reading, writing, playing music, and saving data, photos etc?

Is "burning" a CD the same as writing one?

I currently have this one on my old AMD 939 rig: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=27-151-...

SAMSUNG SHS162LBEBN
SAMSUNG Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache ATA/ATAPI DVD Burner With LightScribe - OEM

Is this still OK if I do a new Sandy Bridge build? It's no problem to get a newer one since they're only around $20 for something highly recommended.

Thanks for your patience and answers.

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a b G Storage
January 20, 2011 5:49:43 PM

Your optical drive will work, as long as the Sandy Bridge motherboard has an IDE port. If not, you will need to get a SATA optical drive since IDE (PATA) is being phased out. Most Sandy Bridge motherboards do not have IDE, but a few still do.

Oh, and yes a burning drive is the same as a writing drive. It will read, write, play music, etc.
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a b G Storage
January 20, 2011 6:23:00 PM

Yes, that drive will work for you. It can read and write to all DVD and CD media. It's only limitation is it cannot read/write blu-ray, but you probably don't need that.
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January 20, 2011 6:27:18 PM

Thanks again. Yeah, right now I'm not a Blu-Ray kinda guy. Low tech.

What is your cute dog drinking? Is he/she a drunk doggie? LOL
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a b G Storage
January 20, 2011 6:34:19 PM

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January 27, 2011 12:22:43 AM

Best answer selected by garyhope.
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January 27, 2011 12:23:31 AM

Amberbock was going to be my first choice for "Best Answer", but I thought I should be just a little more serious.
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