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[Poll] Do you still use your optical drive?

Poll Results: How often do you use your optical drive?

 
  • 6% (16)
    Every day
  • 17% (41)
    Every week
  • 19% (47)
    Every month
  • 56% (137)
    Very rarely
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post #1 of 82
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I have been looking at a bunch of build logs recently to get ideas for my next upgrade. One thing I have noticed on a lot of them is the lack of an optical drive. I realize that this is often because these builds are designed primarily for looks but it got me thinking...

After I install my OS, office and basic drivers, I realized that I rarely use my DVD drive. All my new movies are streamed from Netflix, my DVDs and music CDs are on my HDD (I ripped my CDs / DVDs before emigrating to save transporting them), my games are on Steam and I download any drivers or programs I need.

I realize that one person is not a representative sample, and everyone's computer usage differs, so I was wondering how often you use your optical drive.
Edited by GingerJohn - 5/29/11 at 1:16pm
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post #2 of 82
Maybe it's just me, but I still use my optical drive. Though admittedly not as much as before. I can share with you the fact that I use it the most during a fresh install to install OS and all what not.
post #3 of 82
I rarely use mine... I only use it when I have to burn a video project. Other than that, no I don't use one.

However, it's nice to have one in case something needs it. You never know until you need it...
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post #4 of 82
External Sata Connector.
post #5 of 82
I barely use mine... but considering it's at the very top of the front panel, and the rest of it is ventilated, it doesn't bother me too much.

I really only use it to burn the occasional CD when I need something new for my car.
post #6 of 82
OS installs only on my main rig. Everything else is on the server.
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post #7 of 82
most people use usb memory sticks for copying these days,
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post #8 of 82
I use it for Blu-ray and HD-DVD playback.
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post #9 of 82
It's becoming uneconomical to use DVD's now. Seriously, compare DVD's to the price of HDDs. You get 470 Gigs of data in a 100 Disc spindle but you'll not use all the available space on each and some will be coasters. So I look at it this way, I usually allow for 2-3 coasters per 100 pack (class 1 media 95% of time) and usually average about 2.5 to 3GB's per disc. That equates to roughly 250-300 Gigs in a 100 disc spindle.

Roughly $30 or so for 100 DVD's = $30 for 300GB's average (for me). It's simply not worth it anymore. For $30 I can buy a 500+GB HDD and it will last longer, be much easier to keep organized and I can find things almost instantly without having to go through hundreds of DVD's and hope to god they aren't scratched up. Then when it comes to backups...I backup my backups, with DVD's I'd have to move into a 2 bedroom apartment to fit all the DVD's tongue.gif

Theres little to no pro's and many, many cons.
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post #10 of 82
I barely use mine either. I also stream netflix and my games are all digital downloads.
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