Tips for Living Without the Optical Drive

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John Corpuz flip-flopped between computer science and creative writing courses in school. As a contributor to Tom's Guide he's found a happy middle ground writing about apps, mobile gaming and other geekery.

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  • mouse24
    I thought almost everyone knew about this already. Not hating, good article.
  • ZeroTrouble
    First tip for living without an optical drive:
    Buy an optical drive?
  • icepick314
    optical drive in PC is like a condom...
    better to have it and not needed than not have it and needed...
  • charels88
    AnyDVD HD from Slysoft could be used with Handbrake to deal with encryption. Slysoft offers a pay once lifetime subscription and has worked with any DVD I have thrown at it. I however haven't done any Bluray.
  • kitekrazy1963
    I have 4 systems and 3 of them have Lite-On drives and they all stick. Outside of that they all work and they are PATA. I have a Toshiba that has to be close 10 years old still working great.
    I still backup stuff up on a DVD and external drive.
  • teh_chem
    Article title: "Tips for living without the optical drive."
    Option 3: "If you've got an external drive, or a desktop with an optical reader..."

    Great, nice tips. How to live without an optical drive? BUY ONE!
  • mathew7
    Zalman VE-x00 series....I bought one and never looked back. I can have boot CD image files and boot them on any system that boots from USB CDs. Also usable instead of DT lite or virtualdrive (although the SW solutions can have better anti-CD protections, UI and more image-file support).
  • digiex
    Torrent, the best file and multimedia repository.
    ...and just observed when making this post, when I move the cursor using the keyboard arrows, the article also scrolls sideways.
  • Vlad Razvan
    Haven't had a optical drive in my desktop PC for a year now. So far, no problems.