Items tagged with CD-R

When the first consumer CD recordable (CD-R) drives began to hit the market, the standard was hailed as a viable backup method for anyone who wanted a secure data repository without paying for a tape drive, risking sensitive information to the vagaries of fortune (aka, floppies), or paying top dollar for a second HDD. In the years between, optical media has utterly failed to keep pace with traditional HDDs or solid-state devices. Blu-ray recordables top out at 25GB, or ~40x more storage than CD-R's, while hard drives have jumped from 3-6GB all the way past the 1TB range. GE thinks it has an alternative to Blu-ray that will offer 20x as much storage (500GB) and put optical drives back within reasonable... Read more...
A few years back, if you wanted the best of DVD playback and CD burning, you had to buy separate drives for each task.  With the advent of combo drives hitting the mainstream market, however, users can now get top-notch CD and DVD performance from a single optical device.  MSI's XA52P for example, reads DVD-ROM discs at 16x, writes CD-Rs at 52x and CD-RWs at 24x.   Supporting both interchangeable face plates and MiniForm design, not only will the XA52P fit whichever case you choose, but it should do a pretty good job of matching it as well.  In addition, MSI has also implemented one other key feature, a Serial ATA interface.  Though this does add the convenience of a... Read more...