Here's our Hardware Tip for.. November 30, 2001
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Optical Drive Features--Part 2 of 5
In a minitower-style PC case, the PC is meant to stand straight up, usually under your desk. With a desktop-style case, the PC is designed to sit on top of your desk, usually underneath the PC monitor. However, at times you'll want to store this type of PC underneath your desk too, standing it on one end to save space on a small desk.

In this case, you'll need an optical storage drive meant to operate on its side. Many optical drives can manage this, but they must feature small plastic arms that hold the CD in place while you open and close the tray. Look for these disk holders on any optical drive you plan to buy.