In This Chapter
• Some CD, DVD, and Blu-ray drive basics
• A useful and handy CD and DVD drive buying guide
• Taking an existing CD or DVD drive out of your PC
• Outfitting your PC with a shiny, new CD or DVD drive
You probably use your PC for tasks such as playing audio CDs, showing DVD movies, and perhaps even watching high-definition Blu-ray videos. You might even use CDs or DVDs to install programs and device drivers, store data, and make backups. In each case, just having a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc doesn’t do you much good. To make the disc do something useful, you have to insert it into a drive that can read the disc’s contents. If you find that your PC’s existing CD or DVD drive is too slow or just ...