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What does those numbers mean on a CD-RW?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by hi!, Apr 30, 2003.

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  1. hi!

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    I want to get an exteranl CD-RW, it's easier for me than the internal ones.. to messy!!

    What does those numbers mean?


    Pacific Digital 32x10x40x USB 2.0 External CD-RW Drive


    I want to get this one because it is on sale at Staples.com

    what does 35x10x40x mean? what is the breakdown of those numbers? I know it means speed or something.. The middle number says 10.. is that like slow? I seen other CD-RW with much much higher numbers but this baby is $90 minus $30 rebate Minus $40 bucks from my Discover Card bonus So it aint bad!!

    So regular folks would pay $60 bucks for it.. Is it really slow? Is pacific digital a bad name? Why so cheap? I want to record songs i download from the net and also try to download Video on a CD and play it on my DVD player to watch on TV.

    Thanks for your time!! Or should i pay more for a better one!!
     
  2. Etregen

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    One is the speed that it reads, and one is the speed that it burns CDs. I couldn't tell you what the last one is for.
     
  3. Stoner

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    Hi hi!!

    32= the speed the unit will burn a cdr
    10= the speed the unit will burn a cdrw
    40= the speed the unit will read a cd
    the unit of speed is 150 kilobytes/second

    Pacific Digital is a 'generic'. They rebadge whoever can supply at the cheapest price.
    You get what you pay for.

    I bought a Samsung(an original equipment supplier) CD RW almost 1 1/2 years ago for $40 that has been and still is great and it's rating is 16x10x32x

    Whatever brand you get, make sure the cd burning software will burn all the formats you are going to use(like for video cd's--I don't do any of this but I seem to remember there are some cd formats not included with basic(cheap) software)

    Jack
     
  4. hi!

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    What does rebadge mean? Does that mean they take a rerub CD-RW and fix it up? And the Samsung that you brought for $40 No way could that been a EXTERNAL cd-rw.. right? I don't want to mess with Internal stuff.. too yucky and messy for me!!! I just want a plug and play..

    and as for the burning software I can use whatever software i want right? It don't have to be the junk software that come with the Package. I still have easy cd I can use or something like that. I am not too computer savory.
     
  5. Stoner

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    Hi hi!!

    Rebadge means only that the product could have been made by any one of several manufacturers, but the box carries the trade name - Pacific Digital.

    My CDRW is an internal unit.
    I don't know how reliable the new external units are, but I had a lot of trouble with an external unit(two years ago) that I had to take back for a refund. However my sister has had good luck with an external HP 8210e, but it wasn't cheap.

    I use Adaptec Easy CD software and some times Nero for burning certain cd 'images'. Both work for me-- I still use win98se.
    I have heard Nero works better with Win 2000 and XP than Easy CD does.

    Jack
     
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