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Inside Your Computer

The CD-ROM Drive

CD-ROM Drives

Also Known As (A.K.A.)

  • CD-ROM Drive

What Is It?

Very similar to the CD-ROM player in your home stereo system or favorite Boom-Box, minus most of the buttons.

What Does It Look Like?

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What Does It Do?

Virtually no different than your home CD-ROM.  However, unlike your CD-ROM player, where all the controls are on the front panel, a PC CD-ROM drive is controlled by software on your computer.

Like the CD-ROM Disc, the CD-ROM drive has had one of the most significant impacts on multimedia.  Most modern day drives can play all types of CD-ROM discs including music, access data, DVD, picture CD's as well as three dimensional animation (games) CD's.

CD-ROM drives have advanced to the point that they can also record (CDR) and rewrite (CD-RW) to blank discs.

Who Makes Them?

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