CD-RW, DVD and Other Removable Media Drives
Youll certainly want a CD-RW drive. This will let you play music CDs, install software which comes on CDs, and back up your important information to CDs. The drive we purchased is illustrated in Figure 21.
Because hard drives do occasionally fail, its important to back up all your important information to some other media. Your information can be backed up to another hard drive, a tape drive, or, most commonly for consumers, a CD.
DVD drives are discussed in more detail in another chapter. If you plan to produce videos, youll want a DVD burner which will allow you to create your own DVD movies.
Most CD-RW and DVD drives are also called IDE devices. They are also called internal devices, which means they go inside the PC case. Thats the kind youll probably want for a PC. If you plan to share a device between multiple PCs, you could use an external drive and move it between the PCs. Otherwise, you could install a home network and allow all your PCs to access the device while it remained attached to a single PC.
A floppy drive (see Figure 22) isnt called an IDE device, but its a standard component thats readily available for about $15. Nobody uses them anymore.
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