Here's our Hardware Tip for.. December 1, 2000
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Optical Recording Drives--Part 1 of 4
While you can find CD-RW drives in a USB interface, these drives generally aren't as fast in recording and playback as the EIDE and SCSI interface CD-RW drives. Drives like HP's external SCSI CD-Writer Plus 9210e ( can play CDs at 32X, write CD-R media at 8X, and record CD-RW discs at 4X. So if you feel the need for recording speed, look into an EIDE- or SCSI-based optical drive. You will have to deal with a little more installation hassle with an EIDE/SCSI drive than you would with a USB drive, but in terms of performance you'll find it's worth the extra effort.