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CD-ROM Drive Construction and Operation
In terms of construction and basic components, CD-ROMs are rather similar in most regards to other storage devices that use circular, spinning media, which isn't that much of a surprise. The big difference of course is the way the information is recorded on the media, and the way that it is read from the media as well. This section takes a look at the basics of how CD-ROM drives are constructed and how they work.
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