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I currently have a CD+RW drive in my desktop. I have purchased a DVD/CD multi-layer combo drive that I would like to install. I have an empty bay for this new drive.

My question is this: should I remove the old drive, since the new drive will do everything (and then some) that the old one will do, or do I leave the old one in and make the new drive a 'slave' of the old one? Does it really matter?
 

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It doesn't really matter. Having the two drives installed will increase the load on the power supply slightly. When I installed the burner in mine I left the DVD reader installed just so I could be lazy when copying disks.

 

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I am assuming that the new drive can write discs as well as read. If so, RC is right. One thing you may run into is that in copying discs, the program may want the drives on different channels. This makes the copying faster. If you do have both installed, make sure the jumpers are set correctly.

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I would leave it in. Faster copies, less work, and you can play a music CD and a game at the same time (if people still use CD's for music... lol).
 

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This is an 'everything' drive. It can play CD's, burn CD's, play DVD's, and burn DVD's. Even the multi-layered DVD's that hold 8-9 Gigabytes.
 

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This is an 'everything' drive. It can play CD's, burn CD's, play DVD's, and burn DVD's. Even the multi-layered DVD's that hold 8-9 Gigabytes.
I'd leave it in. The downside of doing so is negligible, and it's sometimes useful to have two drives in the box.
 

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Hmm. Hooked up the drive in the 'daisy-chain' fashion and the system did not detect the new DVD drive.

Unplugged the cables from the original CD+RW and plugged into the DVD only and it worked fine. Even got Office 2007 Enterprise installed successfully. Niiiiiiiiiice.
 
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