Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints

 

CD & DVD DRIVES
Bare Drives and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) are terms
often used for the fact that we sell products that although brand new do not
come boxed with any screws, fixings, software, cables etc unless otherwise stated.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO INSTALLING YOUR NEW DRIVE

To play a DVD film on your new DVD ROM or DVD-RW you require software to do this. Many of our drives are sold as bare drives (see above) and do not come with a DVD film player. We have found a FREE player you can download for your new drive, or write with a CD or DVD to help get you started try some free software from the link below

Free DVD player
FREE DVD Player Software
Free Writing Software
FREE CD & DVD Writing (burning) Software

If you have a drive that supports labelflash you can download the FREE software
and view the step by step guide by visiting the link below.
FREE Labelflash Software 

Similarly, if you have a drive that supports
lightscribe you can download the
FREE starter software at the link below.


FREE Lightscribe Software 

HARD DISK DRIVES

Why is my hard drive showing smaller than its stated size?

Operating Systems and software utilities define a gigabyte as 1,073,741,824 bytes, this is because computers work in binary. Since consumers don't think in binary, manufacturers decided to rate most drive capacities based on the standard base 10 numbers we are all familiar with. So a gigabyte (abbreviated as GB) is defined as 1 billion bytes (1,000,000,000 bytes).

This difference between binary and standard base 10 results in a difference of 73,741,824 Bytes 
for each Gigabyte that a drive manufacturer claims.

The best way to show this difference is as a percentage, which is roughly 7%.

 

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