Is the CD-ROM necessary?

CD-ROM
@youless (90513)
Guangzhou, China
January 9, 2016 9:48am CST
Today it seems that the CD-ROM can be an option hardware for a computer. Especially many laptops will not have a CD-ROM today. What do you think about it? Do you think it is better to be without the CD-ROM? I have a portable CD-ROM as sometimes I still need it.
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@LadyDuck (147983)
• Switzerland
9 Jan 16
Of course it is necessary, if you have a CD reader you can recover your system from a CD, or you can run an antivirus without starting your system. If you want to do a serious work you need a CD.
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@topffer (33292)
• France
9 Jan 16
I have not burned a CD since a long time : you can boot as well from a flash drive or an USB HDD when needed. Look at Grub/Grub4dos on your OS, it can boot any ISO image of a Linux CD without having to burn it : greener and cheaper.
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@LadyDuck (147983)
• Switzerland
9 Jan 16
@topffer You are right, I run a Kaspersky antivirus from a Flash drive and it's much better than a CD because it can make the updates.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
@LadyDuck I also think CD-ROM is necessary although today we may not use it quite often.
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@yukimori (9042)
• United States
9 Jan 16
I can do without it, but I also have a desktop that I can use to transfer any needed files from a disc to a USB drive or cloud storage.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
I like to reinstall my computer with the CD-ROM.
@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
11 Jan 16
I still use the CD on my laptop, there are movies that I still watch via CD because it's convenient, and I use it in addition to using usbs to store certain things from off of my computers. I don't think I'll give it up. I still have a cassette player, a VCR and an 8 track that my mom gave me, lol.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
Don't give them up as the antiques can be very worthy one day
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@HomeBase (1054)
• United States
11 Jan 16
@youless You're right! I remember years ago people were throwing away their vinyl records, now it's "IN" to have a record player and real records. Everything that's old is always new again at some point.
@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jan 16
I have two USB drives. One for pictures and one for documents and writing.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
I think CD can store the data longer and better.
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@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jan 16
@youless ...I think the USB drive is just as good.
@topffer (33292)
• France
9 Jan 16
It is still useful to listen to a CD that you do not listen often, or to watch a DVD. To archive my files, I use external USB HDDs now, it is faster, and my emergency boots are on flash drives, so I do not burn CDs any more. If people were not still sending times to times CDs by mail, I think I would be able to live without a CD drive.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
Every year I will make a photo album DVD so that we can watch from our TV.
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@topffer (33292)
• France
11 Jan 16
@youless Good idea. I do not print a lot of photos today, as we have screens everywhere, but I should do that.
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• United States
11 Jan 16
A few years ago when I bought my first Apple MacBook Pro - I was in between to buy the laptop with a CD-ROM or not. At the time I was in school and bought the laptop with CD-ROM because some courses required CD usage. Now, it seems like no one uses CD-ROM. In the future when I buy a newer laptop I will not buy the CD-ROM.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
It seems it is going to be a trend although I don't like it
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@scheng1 (24810)
• Singapore
10 Jan 16
I can do without it. I think cloud storage has solved the problem of getting cd-rom. It is definitely easier to save in cloud, and we can retrieve anytime we want from anywhere in the world.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
But I prefer to reinstall my operating system with a CD.
@FourWalls (12946)
• United States
9 Jan 16
I have several hundred music CDs that I load into my iTunes, so yes, I definitely still need a CD-ROM. My MacBook didn't come with one, so I had to buy a separate one.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
A USB CD-ROM is a good choice.
@Shiva49 (12130)
• Singapore
9 Jan 16
I hardly have use for it and if we don't use them it gets spoiled - so there is no need - siva
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
It is necessary for me although I don't use it often today.
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@JolietJake (50074)
• United States
9 Jan 16
I prefer to have a CD-ROM available for some programs I have saved to disc that I may want to use on a computer.
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@youless (90513)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Jan 16
I feel the same.
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@kaka135 (13989)
• Malaysia
13 Jan 16
Although I don't use CD-ROM often nowadays, I think it's still good to have one, at least the portable. My desktop and laptop (quite old) still came with CD-ROM, so we still have time. Sometimes I'd burn the photos I have taken into the CD, just to make an extra copy.