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Windows 7: General computer use without an optical drive?

15 Feb 2013   #11
gregrocker

 

You wll be fine with the external DVD drive for anything that won't install from online or flash stick.

It can boot to install Win7 using the one-time BIOS boot menu key for your PC


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15 Feb 2013   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Play cd`s dvd`s , there are lots of reasons to have one.
X2. Often, the music I buy is available only on CD (especially from small, independent artists) or I buy the CD instead of downloading the music to get the album art and data (downloads are often very poorly tagged, if they are tagged at all), not to mention downloads are often of poor quality. I've ripped all my CDs and eventually will do the same with my DVDs. That requires an optical drive. Some programs are available only on optical disks. Optical drives are far from dead. The biggest reason many machines don't have them anymore is to save space (such as netbooks and ultrabooks) or to cut costs.
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15 Feb 2013   #13
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I have one of these: Zalman ZM-VE200 SE Silver External Enclosure - Newegg.com. At first glance it seems like an ordinary external hdd enclosure but it also has the ability to emulate a DVD ROM drive. I have all my DVDs/CDs copied on to the drive as ISOs. It can be set to boot from any of the ISOs including Windows install disks. Works great with Windows as well as Linux.

The only reason I need a DVD drive now is to be able to copy the disk to ISO, after that I no longer need the disk.
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15 Feb 2013   #14
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

None of my desktop PC's have an internal optical drive. I install from thumb drives and have almost everything else I need on thumb drives. Like you I have an external USB DVD burner. I use it to install games that use DRM and to burn music CD's for the car etc. I use it less and less these days but I do need it from time to time. If it ever dies on me I'll replace it.
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15 Feb 2013   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

As long as there are HTPCs, there will be a need for optical drives. People aren't going to be giving up their CDs, DVDs, and BDs anytime soon.
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15 Feb 2013   #16
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

A malware-free optical disc can't be infected with malware (discs that aren't RW).

A malware-free USB Stick (or USB HDD) can have malware written onto it any time it is plugged in to a PC.
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15 Feb 2013   #17
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
As long as there are HTPCs, there will be a need for optical drives. People aren't going to be giving up their CDs, DVDs, and BDs anytime soon.
Really? I thought one if the points of having an HTPC was to rip all the CDs and DVDs and save them to a server. At least that's what I do.
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16 Feb 2013   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you already have the drive why not just put it back in and maybe use it. Won't cost nothing you already own it.
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16 Feb 2013   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
As long as there are HTPCs, there will be a need for optical drives. People aren't going to be giving up their CDs, DVDs, and BDs anytime soon.
Really? I thought one if the points of having an HTPC was to rip all the CDs and DVDs and save them to a server. At least that's what I do.
And what do you use to rip the CDs and DVDs?
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16 Feb 2013   #20
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Once I have all my disks ripped I won't have much use for a DVD drive. I haven't purchased a CD or DVD in quite some time. I'll always have an external drive laying around but it will only be needed on rare occasions.
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