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Offline cheryl j

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What laptops still have cd/dvd drives
« on: 16/07/2015 03:47:44 »
My daughter needs to purchase a new computer and I was surprised to find that laptops don't seem to include dvd drives any more. Why? When I googled it, the comments in articles were "everything is digital." But for folks without highspeed, downloading stuff is expensive or inconvenient. (We live a rural area with cellular internet, so if we have something big to download we have to use the library's wifi) Plus, it's nice to watch movies on a lap top. Is there any brand of laptops that still include dvd players? How complicated and expensive are external drives?


 

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Re: What laptops still have cd/dvd drives
« Reply #1 on: 16/07/2015 07:53:15 »
External optical drives are available which plug into the computer's USB socket, e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=430546031  [ some as low as 20 ].
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Re: What laptops still have cd/dvd drives
« Reply #2 on: 18/07/2015 00:25:56 »
So just out of curiosity, what do people think of this? Do you really want everything you like to  be stored on one laptop or computer that may die in five years? Are their no advantages to storing things apart from your computer, like a book shelf with DVDs? How much can you store on flash drives, and why aren't stores selling them in that format? Not everyone can do Netflix.
I hate sounding woefully old fashioned, but the other advantage of a more physical storage system is people can find it. If you die, they can find a cd or dvd or old family photos in a box - they might not find a file on your antique computer.
 

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Re: What laptops still have cd/dvd drives
« Reply #3 on: 18/07/2015 05:12:02 »
The design goals for laptops are minimal size and minimum weight for maximum portability; battery life has always been an issue for laptops.

Laptops are suffering considerable competition from tablet devices (and even smartphones), and these save price, size, weight and power by deleting CD drives and mechanical hard drives.

A CD drive takes up considerable space inside the laptop, has a fixed storage capacity and adds to the initial purchase price of the laptop. In contrast, a USB port is cheap and takes up little space, and is a real multifunction device. A USB memory stick is purchased by the end-user separately from the laptop, can be rewritten many times, and has a capacity that seems to grow each year.

For your library of DVDs, an external drive is the best approach.

But don't expect your grandchildren to go to much trouble to view old photos on a CD. You need to keep moving old files to new media, before the old media fails (CDs start to lose data after 10 years), and before a CD reader becomes obsolete landfill.

Now... where are those images I stored on 400KB 3" floppy disks, 30 years ago?
 

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Re: What laptops still have cd/dvd drives
« Reply #4 on: 18/07/2015 05:30:19 »
...  Do you really want everything you like to  be stored on one laptop or computer that may die in five years
For important data you should have back-up copies, e.g. on an external hard-drive , optical-discs , cloud-storage.

... How much can you store on flash drives ...

About the same as on a hard-drive : 100s of Gigabytes ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_drive
Although an external hard-drive of the same capacity would be much cheaper than flash-memory.
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