Installing and Using a CD-ROM Drive

The CD-ROM has become nearly as essential to computing as the floppy drive; more so, in fact, when you consider that e-mail has effectively replaced floppies around the office and software is increasingly shipped on CD rather than disk, making the CD-ROM a more common sight than the floppy disk for many people. Most new computers, in fact, ship with a CD-ROM drive already installed. Demand for CD-ROM software titles has mushroomed and vendors are rushing to satisfy the demand.

Most multimedia applications rely on such a quantity of sounds, videos, and images that they would not be possible without this ubiquitous little silver disc. A multimedia encyclopedia like Encarta, for instance, consumes about 600M—the ...

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