Here's our Hardware Tip for.. December 7, 2001
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Optical Drive Features--Part 3 of 5
Newer, small-footprint PCs have a very limited number of open drive bays. You may want both a high-density DVD-ROM playback drive and a recording CD-RW drive--but you may not have the sufficient number of drive bays in your system.

Take heart. Products like Ricoh's MediaMaster MP9060A ( package a CD-RW drive and a DVD-ROM drive in a combination drive that fits into one PC drive bay. While combo drives are generally not the fastest-performing drives available, their space-saving designs are good for certain upgrade scenarios.