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Chapter 42. Replacing, Upgrading, or Add... > Installing an External Drive

Installing an External Drive

Installing an external CD-ROM/RW drive is even easier than installing an internal drive. External CD-ROM drives used to be available only as SCSI drives, but now you can also find a few manufacturers producing external drives using either USB or Firewire interfaces. Regardless of which type you select, the manufacturer will almost always ship the drive with the appropriate cable needed to connect your drive to your interface.

If you are trying to decide between SCSI, USB, and Firewire, consider this: SCSI will be the fastest but most expensive; Firewire should rank second in both speed and cost, and USB will be the slowest and least expensive.



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