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A Burning Desire

Got your heart set on upgrading your CD burner? Check out the latest drives before you buy.

This story appears in the June 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Whether you're dealing with one desktop or 100, a CD burner is a desirable piece of hardware capable of tackling many tasks. If you have any earlier generation burners hanging around, now is an affordable time to up-grade to the latest and greatest. Fast burning speeds let your employees spend their time on tasks more important than waiting for a disc to finish recording. We're mostly going to scope out CD burners that also allow you to view DVDs, and we've thrown in a few DVD-burning drives, just for good measure.

The first question you're likely to face is "Internal or external?" Internal drives are cheaper and require some basic computer knowledge to install. External drives can be transferred from computer to computer as needed for backup or presentation use. If you need the portability so one drive can handle the occasional tasks of a group of workers, go external. If not, internal drives cost less, save space and slide easily into any empty 5 1/4-inch drive bay. At $99 (all prices street), the internal CenDyne CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive shows just how affordable an upgrade can be.

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