[MacDV] Superdrive recommendations??

Michael Winter winter at mac.com
Thu Sep 22 06:38:25 PDT 2005

On Sep 21, 2005, at 10:55 PM, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> How many commercial CD's have you ever had go bad that weren't  
> attributable to someone's carelessness?

But "carelessness" does happen. Accidents happen. Wear and tear also  
happens. Over time making 50 cent backups has saved me money over  
$10-20 on up media replacement costs. And that doesn't even count the  
home software my kids use that require the presence of the CD in the  
drive every time its run. Or the hassle involved when you need a CD  
and it won't quite work.

So yes, in a "controlled" environment for CDs only used rarely for  
installation you can probably get away without a backup. For my  
purposes, OS install CD/DVDs don't fit in that category because  
they're often used to boot the computer when hard drive problems  
appear. So I like to have a backup. Just like hard drive backups,  
they often don't seem important until you need them.

> The humorous part of all of this is that copies of a commercial CD  
> will normally go bad before the commercially pressed CD itself.

But then I can just pull the commercially pressed CD out of the  
cupboard and make another copy. Doing that, the commercially pressed  
CD will probably outlast me.


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