Are all CD drives for computers the same?
Topic: Cd case specs
July 18, 2019 / By Carlota Question:
So If I need a CD drive can I just get one on e-bay and it will fit my computer. a desktop one of course, interanl?
Best Answers: Are all CD drives for computers the same?
Aneta | 3 days ago
The simple answer is yes they are a standard form and configuration, but you will need to check on your motherboard specs and available sockets Most CDs are/used to be, IDE socket interface but some are now also SATA a faster interface. you need a spare IDE plug on the board and an IDE cable,(usually comes with drive)just fit it in the case and connect the flat data cable 40 pin and the four pin power cable. Windows will find and install automatically. if you have two hard drives you can install the cd as a slave on the second IDE connection using the existing plug in the middle of the cable. But you will not be able to read write between both devices on the same cable. easy to do have a go
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Originally Answered: Two hard drives one HP laptop?
an external drive requires 1 amp to power it(thats a fact)
each usb socket specification is for a max of 500ma so two are needed
to support the power needs of 1 drive, plus the communications one.
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from every socket. You do have a good chance if the sockets are a long
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dualled up on one chipset. so dont plug two drives in next to one another.
there are external usb hubs and there are external usb hubs if you know what
i mean. so look at the external supply for them, and allow one amp for the drive
and 0.2amps for the communications. Does the external hub hack it?
better to have more substantial supply such as a docking station
or maybe a lcd display that has a built in Hub as both have their own 240V
could also be affected by presence of battery, remove it, as you really
are clobbering the supply.
you could just up your supply a bit too.
most supplies have a Watts rating or an amps value
so just get one same volts but bigger amps, or watts.
this will help the motherboard 5v supply and will make it more robust.
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hard drive, research that option
For the most part, yes. Almost all CD-ROM drives will work with most any personal computer manufactured in the last 15 years. There are some other types of CD-ROM drives that don't, but they're pretty uncommon.
The most commonly used connection type for a CD-ROM drive is known as "IDE". The cable for IDE drives has a long, 2x40 grid of holes at each end. Most computers manufactured today have the ability to connect to IDE devices, including CD-ROM drives, though there are some newer computers that exclusively use the new "SATA" which is much faster and uses a much smaller and different-looking cable. It's possible but unlikely that you have one of these, so IDE is probably what you want.
As far as the physical size goes, all internal drives are basically the same size, 5.25 inches across.
I'm guessing, though, that if you're asking this question on Yahoo Answers, you are probably somewhat inexperienced with putting together a computer, and it's probably not a good idea for you to be attempting to take apart your computer and install a CD drive on your own. You'll probably want to get help from someone who knows what they're doing, and that same person can probably verify with you what type of CD-ROM drive you need to buy.
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no. all cd drives have different features:
1. Rom vs R vs RW: a CD Rom can only read cd's. a CD-R can read and write, but only write once. a CD-RW can repeatedly write to special RW cd's.
2. Read speeds: cd's can read at different speeds. a X1 speed is the minimum to read music CD's. however, cd read speeds can go all the way up to X52. However, at X48 and higher, the CD can become unbalanced (usually the cheaper brands) and have been known to shatter. at even higher speeds, cd's have been known to melt. X32 is usually safe for most purposes.
3. Write speeds: these go up to X16 or higher.
4. Lightscribe: this is a new feature where some drives can etch the label into the CD.
5. internal vs external: internal drives are hooked up directly to your motherboard, and use the internal power. external drives are usually connected through the USB port or a special driver card, and they usually need to be plugged into an outlet.
6. Size: Nowadays, 5.25" X 2.5" is the standard size for CD drives, and these will fit in nearly all cases.
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Just buy a regular DVD burner, it can read all different types of media like CD's and DVD's plus you can burn them. They only cost around 25-30 dollars brand new. Just make sure to get one for IDE, some use SATA. Any drive will fit as long as you have an open slot. If you have an open SATA port I would highly recommend you get that, but if your computer is a little bit older you should stick with IDE.
or you can get one on ebay
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no all cd drives for computers are not the same there is cd drives c and cd dreives d they r not the same thing they both something different.
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