In an earlier thread, someone mentioned that the life of a CD-RW drive
gets appreciably reduced if one uses it as a CD-R drive as well. I have
such a setup. At the time of bootup, my CD-RW is detected as :
hdc: LG CD-RW CED-8080B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive (I haven't the
foggiest notion whether it is really a DVD drive as well, I certainly did
not order it thus from Dell. Any hints here to confirm / disprove that
will also will be welcome, preferably without trying to play DVD's - I
have none :)).
That apart, I wish to know whether damage to a CD-RW drive, if it
is (regularly) used as a CD-R drive, is generally seen or is it true for
just some subclass of manufacturers. If so, can someone suggest a *cheap*
CD-R drive that I can buy ? I have a USB port and a parallel port free, so
a USB drive would be great.