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DVD-RW Drive :
Panasonic LF-D211V DVD-RW Drive
$1113.00 [US]
$1669.50 [CAN]

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Description:
A DVD-RW drive works just like a CD-RW drive, except that DVD-R's have a larger data capacity, [9.4 GB compared to 700 MB]. DVD-R's shine a laster onto the surface of the DVD. The light reflected from the DVD is captured by a sensor that becomes interpreted by the computer, and allows the information to be displayed.

Why We Chose It:

This product was chosen because it offers a new high performance optical storage that takes advantage of high density media and is very reliable. As well, as it can read and burn CDs as well as DVDs, it allows us to transfer data from our CD-RW drive onto the DVD-RW drive without having to transfer it onto the hard drive first. As well, it allows us to watch high quality movies on our nice 18.1” flat screen LCD display, along with our powerful speakers. It was also chosen because DVD-R discs have a storage capacity of 4.7GB for single sided, and a double sided capacity of 9.4 GB. It provides exceptional features such as: built-in error correction and wobbled track recording.

Specifications:

  • Data Transfer Rate DVD-RAM: 1,385 KB/s; DVD-ROM: 8,310 KB/s (6x); CD-ROM: up to 3,600 KB/s (24x)
  • Seek Time DVD-RAM: 75ms; DVD-ROM: 65 ms; CD-ROM: 65 ms
  • Media Support Read Only: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-Video, CD-DA, CD-ROM, Photo CD, Video CD, CD-Extra, CD-R/RW
  • Interface ATA/ATAPI-4
  • Buffer Memory 1 MB
  • Capacity 5.2Gb/2.6GB, 9.4Gb/4.7GB discs
  • Dimensions (mm) 146.0. (W) x 196.0 (H) x 41.3 (D)

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CD-RW Drive :

Plextor 24x10x40x PX-W2410TA/SW E-IDE


$295.90 [CAN]

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Description:
CD's store music and other files in digital from, represented with 0's and
1's, which are represented with bumps. These bumps are arranged in a track. CD players pass beams over the track and when they go over a flat area, the beams are reflected to an optical sensor.
CD-R's don't have these bumps, rather they have a dye layer that is
translucent so all light is reflected. The laser darkens the spot where the bumps should be, like a regular CD would have. The job of the burner is to "BURN" digital patterns on a blank CD.
The purpose of a CD-RW optical drive is to have the ability to not only write to CD-R media, but to also be able to re-write to CD-RW media. This allows you to continue to write and re-write data onto a CD-RW, similar to a hard drive or floppy disk. It also allows us to write audio files onto a CD-R, giving us the opportunity to make customized audio CD's.

Why We Chose It:

This writer was chosen because of its high write and re-write speeds
(24 X 10 X 40) It was also used because it offers fast performance and high quality. It is compatible with a large number of CD-R and CD-RW media. We also chose it because it is necessary to have two optical drives in order to copy CDs directly (from CD-RW drive to DVD-RW drive). As well, it supports Burn-Proof technology, which eliminates buffering under run errors in fast write modes, and allows for multi-tasking.

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Floppy Disk Drive :

1.44MB Panasonic/Mitsumi Floppy Drive

$20.00 [CAN]

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Description:
Floppy Disk Drives work by reading and writing data to a small metal coated plastic. It is another method of adding and transferring data to and from the computer.

Why We Chose It:

As we don’t have high expectations for a floppy drive, we selected one of the least expensive drives on the market, the Panasonic/Mitsumi floppy drive. Nonetheless, it still gets the job done.

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