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ROM To Spare

Running out of memory? Power up with an add-on CD-ROM drive.

This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

The massive file sizes of today's multimedia software applications require far more storage space than the traditional 3.5-inch floppy disk can hold, which is why internal CD-ROM drives have been standard on PCs and laptops since the mid-1990s. Accordingly, most software manufacturers are now releasing their products only in CD-ROM format. A single CD can store more information than 300 3.5-inch floppies and is much cheaper to produce.

If your PC or laptop pre-dates the advent of CD-ROM, don't worry: There's no need to scrap the whole system. You can buy an external CD-ROM drive that can be cabled to your PC's parallel (printer) port.

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