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Old 01-17-04, 07:26 AM
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Dumb DVD-Rom question

I watch alot of DVD's and recently I started watching them on my Lite-On DVD-RW. So my question is:

Is it okay to watch movies on the RW? Or does it tend to wear the drive down quicker then if I just used it to burn CD's and DVD's?
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That is one of the reasons I don't use my Lite-On to watch movies. I figure it will wear out somewhat faster with all the use. Personally I'd look around for a good deal on a DVD-ROM drive.

However if you think about it, in a year what would the burner be worth anyway? There will be faster and better and cheaper drives.
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If it were me, I'd just use the drive for everything. There is light use, moderate use, heavy use, and abuse. So as long as you are not abusing the drive, it should be fine. Each person will have to determine for themselves if they are abusing the drive. If you are using the drive everyday for 8-12 hours non-stop at a time, I'd say that is heavy use to abuse. If you watch a dvd a day, it should last until the next technological breakthrough or price drop.
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By next year the new burners that can burn dual-layered discs will be out and you know you'll need an excuse to upgrade, so go ahead and use your current drive!
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Yeah I use it to maybe watch a DVD or two a week, if that. So I'll continue to use it, just wanted to hear some advice first.

Oh and is it normal for the drive to skip every now and then? It has done it on a few different DVD's but not enough to bother me, I was just curious.
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I bought a second DVD-ROM drive for cheap ($10 after MIR) to go along with my DVD burner drive to offload DVD reading when possible, plus it allows me to copy DVD to DVD (my data files, or homemade DVDs).
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Originally posted by Patman
I bought a second DVD-ROM drive for cheap ($10 after MIR) to go along with my DVD burner drive to offload DVD reading when possible, plus it allows me to copy DVD to DVD (my data files, or homemade DVDs).
Where did you find one that cheap?
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Any B&M stores after IR and MIR, ie, CUSA, OM, OD, BB, Fry's, etc.

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