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Originally Posted by godofdeath View Post
i think you can only stick regulars cds in these

i remember a apple guy warning us on their macs to not stick the smaller ones in there
Can't use smaller disks and if the thing jams sucks to be you.
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I've wanted this on my PC for years! I have always preferred slot loaders. I will happily buy a new case/two of them.
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Another push towards the small form factor. Good stuff.
    
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For desktops, I don't quite see the point of this. It's not like *most* desktop computers that are centered around a normal mid-sized tower are short on space. I could see for smaller form-factor computers, but there are already small form-factor tray-loading disk drives that take up LESS space than this drive. I'm confused why there's this push for this.

The confusing thing is that, at least from the pictures shown, they don't appear to be half-height, as claimed by the post. Maybe I'm just not seeing it right.
    
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post #25 of 102
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Bugger, what are we going to do with all those half slots we have left in our cases now though? Who wants to buy a new case because of a new driver format?
I am betting it will come with a filler pannel to make up the space...but if it catches on we might see even smaller micro cases for media PCs. Though you could get one that accepts a laptop optical drive that is even smaller...so I don't really know what this is about.

I don't really know if R&D on optical drives is even worth it now, though. Outside of my media PCs I hardly use an optical drive. Plus I think flash drive technology is getting better and cheaper...I can see opening a box with software and having it be on a read only flash drive. Already happens a lot (Though it is just a normal flash drive), but it typically is for promotional reasons and comes with a DVD as well. I think optical drives for computers might be on its last legs. If it weren't for a few old games that I have on disk and require the disk to be in the drive I wouldn't even have an optical drive on my machine.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 6/2/11 at 6:37am
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post #26 of 102
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For desktops, I don't quite see the point of this. It's not like *most* desktop computers that are centered around a normal mid-sized tower are short on space. I could see for smaller form-factor computers, but there are already small form-factor tray-loading disk drives that take up LESS space than this drive. I'm confused why there's this push for this.

The confusing thing is that, at least from the pictures shown, they don't appear to be half-height, as claimed by the post. Maybe I'm just not seeing it right.

Exactly, from both pictures on the site, it looks normal height, at best 3/4 height. Besides on a desktop this would look ugly. These are not going to displace the regular ones, the format will be dead sooner than that happens.

On the other hand, the notebook style drives are a proven concept. They work fine, and can work with small CD's/DVDS's, like driver software CD's.

They are even implemented in those small HTPC's.

I've got those small music CD singles, and driver software CD from Logitech. These slot loading things don't work with standards. Adding to that, there is potentially more wear to the optical media with this roller mechanism.

In general I think this is a bad idea.
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post #27 of 102
I love slot loaders...

They used to make them. I had a Plextor unit for awhile (they only came in beige though).

Can't wait!


That is not a half height drive though. It's exactly the same height and width as a regular DVD drive.

As noted, it won't work with case, mock covers though (no biggie there).
Edited by Robilar - 6/2/11 at 7:15am
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post #28 of 102
I wonder how this is going to work tbh. Due to the fact that it will definitely be more expensive I would assume in comparison to regular drives and theres no emergency eject button when the drive gets stuck. Also aren't laptop optical drives pretty small since i'm using an Asus external and kinda just scrapped the rest of my optical drives.
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They use the same mechanism found in car cd players. I'm actually surprised that this hadn't become the standard years ago.
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post #30 of 102
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Why do we need this, exactly? Are there any problems with the current standard that I'm not aware of? Aren't we migrating more to digital distribution so optical drives won't be needed as much in the future?

Standard 5.25" Optical drives are mostly empty space...

I got a low profile slot-load ODD and is 1/5 the volume.... really important in SFF builds.
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