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Do you still use an optical drive with your computer?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by CalicoSkies, Dec 10, 2019.

Do you still use an optical drive with your computer (reader and/or disc burner)?

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  1. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

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    Seamus OReally Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    My studio Mac has TWO optical drives inside, and I used to use them both every day. But now I haven't even opened them in a couple years, at least.
     
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    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    No. My work laptop - Surface Book 2 doesn't even have one. My home desktop does, but I can't tell you the last time I have physically bought a disk. Everything can be downloaded, even the ISO for the disc, and mounted just like if you have the physical disc in hand.

    Seems like a lot of waste to me to even continue to make them. I mean I guess it's great if you have no internet but..... I don't even want to think of that horror *shudder*



    Edit: I guess I am kind of biased, because I manage an entirely virtual environment. So.... There's also that.
     
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    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not sure it's true that any disc ISO can be downloaded (at least, not legally). Movies is one instance where I like to have the disc, for the extras. If you get a movie in download format, it's usually only the movie. And I'm not sure you can go download any movie you want either (at least, not legally). Internet & streaming services can sometimes be unreliable too.. Sometimes I like having a copy of a movie I can play directly without streaming.
     
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    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

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    Sometimes I still feel more confident in optical discs as a backup medium because of their write-once nature. You can write a backup to an optical disc and then it can't be erased. Some people say optical discs degrade over many years, but I haven't experienced that issue.. And they have M-Discs now that are designed to preserve data a lot longer than standard optical discs, so M-Discs can be better for long-term backups.
     
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    i used to love making music cd's. i still have the first one i made in a cd changer in my truck. but no burner in my laptop.
     
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    None of my computers at home or at work have one.

    Couple years ago I bought a CD for the first time in over a decade. Had no way to play it. Dug an old laptop out of the closet to rip it.
     
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    Its rare anymore but I use it mainly for audio cd's. For example, if I get a cd that I want to add to my iTunes library or vice versa, want to burn a disc for my Jeep's cd player.

    I was helping my mom buy a new computer recently and had to convince her that buying a computer with a dvd drive it like car shopping for something that has a cd player. She compromised and ended up buying a external dvd drive for like $20 which made her happy.
     
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    I do, but I haven't built a new machine for several years. & the DVD drive on the comp doesn't get used much at all now. Movies get played on the PS4 mainly.

    I do like being able to burn some kinds of things to disc, especially stuff going into the fire safe (properly sealed against moisture) for safe-keeping.

    I've had too many SD cards fail to trust them for critical backup.
     
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    Silvercrow Senior Stratmaster

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    Yes...and no. JUST ordered a new computer that doesn't have one.

    BUT- a friend is getting me an outboard one. I'm old school, I guess, but there's something closer to analog than further away, so to speak, I'm all about that.

    I am just now learning to upload audio to the cloud. Ain't I just techno? (NOO!)

    Yeah well, me and Joe

     
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    You mean like the googly eyes car?:D

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    My laptop has an optical drive. I hadn't used it in about 2 years last time I wanted one--and it didn't work. That was almost a year ago. Haven't needed one since.
     
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    Nope, but I keep a USB attached CD/DVD burner around just in case.
     
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    An optical drive. How quaint.

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    My new computers don't have them. For my laptop it wasn't an option and for my desktop I opted out of it.

    But, I have external DVD readers/burners that use if I need to. These days it only gets used to rip CDs to my file server. Yes, I still buy CDs if I can't purchase FLAC.

    At work it's the same. My work PC doesn't have an optical drive, but part of my job requires me to burn discs so I have an external drive.

    The situation reminds me of when the iMac came out without a floppy drive and people wigged out.
     
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    Yeah, I was going to say for anyone who doesn't really use them often but occasionally wants to rip a disc, a USB optical drive might be a way to go.

    I think the reason why a lot of people freaked out at the iMac's lack of a floppy drive was because a lot of people still used floppy disks at the time. I don't think CD-RW discs were a good replacement (they seemed unreliable), and USB flash drives hadn't really become much of a thing yet. I think Apple's decision to remove the floppy drive was a bit premature at the time. I eventually reached a point where I no longer used floppy disks a while after that point.

    By "outboard" do you mean external? I haven't heard of an "outboard" computer drive before. ;)

    Where do you buy music, if not on CD? I've seen a few online stores that sell music in FLAC format (my preferred format if I buy downloaded music), but often they don't seem to have a big selection of albums. I still often buy music on CD (and then rip them), so I haven't really looked online a whole lot for download-only music shops.

    I still feel like the issue of having to make your own backups seems a little weird for buying download-only music. You can buy external USB storage for backups, but what if it gets accidentally erased or something? That kind of situation is improbable for something like a CD - With a CD, you'd only have to worry about storing it carefully and not damaging it too much (same with USB storage too).
     
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    All of my computers have an optical drive/burner and I have a USB BR reader/burner as well...just in case.
     
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    I have an external USB drive and use it once every year to install Turbo Tax :D
     
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    If I buy music it's off of iTunes usually, they seem to have everything.
    I use a NAS (Network Attached Storage) 8 terabytes of storage, with 2 external drive (both 8TB) as secondary and tertiary back ups.
    I don't use optical at all, anything really important gets saved on longterm USB sticks or offline storage.
     
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    Yeah not any disc, I mean movies, yeah sure.... But you can digital download all of them... And a large format flash drive can store multiples...

    There are so many benefits to not having to have something physically.
     
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