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post #31 of 62
I still have one in all my machines, and would not hesitate to put one in a new rig. However, that's mostly because they're cheap and I still have stuff archived and lying around on discs.

I have not actually used an optical disc in at least 2 years. Even thn, I only used them for live linux distros on machines whose bios didn't support booting from USB.
post #32 of 62
I rip my CDs and DVDs and rip and watch blu-rays. Plus I like having a physical copy of most of my software if I can help it.

Oh and the master "starter" image for my PCs with the drivers and bare minimum programs are on blu-ray discs. I needs my disc drives tongue.gif
post #33 of 62
I don't use mine much, but I do have two per rig... usually. They used to get a lot more use than they do now though, and if I were to build a new rig, I'd probably just have one slim drive hidden away somewhere, or a USB external sitting in my closet just in case.
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Had two in my last build, however none in my current one. I have an external in a drawer that I bought for 15-20 bucks for xplane, as it requires the disk. Probably a work around for this, but haven't looked into it.
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I also will not be without an ODD. I mostly use mine for ripping music CDs and watching movies, although I plan on eventually ripping all my movies as well. External ODDs are just too slow plus, with external ODDs, I have to horse around with a cable and find a place to put the portable ODD while using it, then store it when finished with it.

Same here but did you notice, most manufacturers now have dropped even providing space on their cases to install any Optical Drives.

Really difficult in choosing any new cases that have any available, optical drive space sad-smiley-002.gif .

I know what you mean about manufacturers often deleting 5.25" bays. It's really annoying since the 5.25" bay is such a good place to mount various accessories. That's one reason why I'm going to build my own case (see http://www.overclock.net/t/1602023/preparing-for-a-scratch-built-case) which will have 14 5.25" bays of which only one accessory will be an ODD.

I prefer buying my music on CD instead of from downloads because the music quality from CDs is so much better than downloads plus the tagging on most downloads is pretty pathetic; I get far more accurate info from the DC liner notes. The same is pretty true with movies on DVDs and BDs.
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post #36 of 62
I have an LG Blu-Ray drive for archival and play of music and videos but also to obtain hi fidelity audio channels from Blu-Rays via audacity. I don't think optical media should ever die, discs are an amazingly small storage medium.
post #37 of 62
I have an external bluray/dvd drive but I wouldn't ever put one in a pc (mainly because I always go itx style) but I also prefer my laptops without them. They're just a waste of space for me I'm more than happy to whip out the external for the rare occasions I need it.
I also don't currently have and don't plan on owning a bluray player or anything like that.
    
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post #38 of 62
Blu-ray burner in this computer. 3 DVD and 1 Blu-ray burner in second computer. 3 DVD burners in 3rd computer. Mainly used for ripping CD and backup (buy a lot of FLAC music from Bandcamp). I'll watch a movie occassionally and burn a Linux disk now and then.
post #39 of 62
My retail boxed PC game collection is getting pretty big, so I will likely always need to keep an optical drive around. Don't have one installed at the moment, but only cause it wouldn't fit...so I use an external optical drive. I also use an external floppy drive still...
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