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Chapter 42. Replacing, Upgrading, or Add... > Installing the Drive in Your PC—Inte...

Installing the Drive in Your PC—Internal Versus External

As far as the physical installation is concerned, a CD-ROM drive is no different than a CD-RW drive. The difference between the two installations appears when you install the software for the drive. As you will see later in this chapter, after you perform the physical installation, you must install the hardware driver for your drive. With a CD-RW drive, you also must install some type of CD recording software. Once again, don't worry about which software product to buy; all CD-RW manufacturers include some type of recording software with the drives they sell.

If you plan to install a CD-ROM/RW drive with an IDE interface, the decision on internal versus external has already been made for you. All IDE CD-ROM/RW drives are internal because the IDE interface does not allow for a cable long enough to connect an external drive. Another major advantage an internal drive has over an external drive is its lower cost.


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