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Do we still need optical drives

  1. Yes (13 votes [48.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.15%

  2. No (11 votes [40.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.74%

  3. Other (explain) (3 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

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#1 ComputerEd

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:20 PM

So my question is do we still need optical drives? With the advent of various digital distribution forms and the fact that Windows can be easily installed from a USB key as can drivers for anything out there the question is are optical drives really needed any longer.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:24 PM

I haven't had an internal one for a few years now. As little as I ever use one I don't see the point. I do have a usb one for when I do need to burn a cd/dvd though.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:36 PM

I don't have any in my computer at the moment.


It's easy enough to shutdown and throw one in if I really needed to use a disc.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:19 PM

I have 300+ CDs and DVDs in my room so I shall be keeping internal optical drives.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:24 PM

I have one and find no need for it, I personally only made a backup of my computer with it and I could have easily used a thumb drive for that.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:39 PM

I have 300+ CDs and DVDs in my room so I shall be keeping internal optical drives.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:55 PM

I doubt we will see them vanish for a few more years, I have to many cds and dvds to go with out one my self. My growing blue ray collection is played by my computer even tho i have a ps3(playback is better from pc)
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:02 PM

Nope, no need.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:06 PM

Personally I don't have an optical drive in either of my rigs. I've got one in an external box that I use for the occasional driver disk for new products, especially review items. Plus, I've still got an CD player in my car which I still love to use -- so I'll make a CD once and awhile. However, my CD player does support thumb drive input, so eventually I don't see one being much more than a paper weight in my office. :P

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:11 PM

Why isn't this a poll?

I still use my ODD quite a bit, for music, for burning, for movies, for games, etc.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:12 PM

Too cheap to buy a new SATA dvd drive. So don't own/use one atm.

Mostly create an ISO and stick it on an USB drive. If I don't have access to an ISO I just rip the disc on another computer than transfer it to the USB.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:16 PM

Why isn't this a poll?<br><br>I still use my ODD quite a bit, for music, for burning, for movies, for games, etc.


Did not think of a poll was interested in discussion more than numbers.

Edited by ComputerEd, 23 February 2012 - 06:16 PM.

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