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PCs moving to thinner, slot-loading optical drive standard

updated 09:25 am EDT, Fri June 3, 2011

PC Blu-ray and DVDs moving to thin slot-loaders

The computer industry is moving broadly to a new standard for full-size optical drives, according to a discovery at Computex. The drives would still have the same width but would be half as thick, allowing either more drive bays or more free space inside. AnandTech's questioning on the Taipei show floor also revealed that the drives would also move to slot-loading drives and drop the long-term preference for tray-loaders.

Drives based around the format would be ready by the end of 2011. Generic PC case manufacturers like Antec would be some of the first to adopt the format.

The move would be primarily helpful for small form factor computers but could also help computer makers like Apple that are regularly space-conscious. Notebook-sized, slot-loading optical drives have been available for a decade or more, but these have usually had to sacrifice speed or carry a higher price. A new format could allow a system like a Mac Pro to fit more hard drives or other storage without having to cut into expansion for the rest of the case.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. malax

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    How very

    Innovative. You really have to hand it to PC makers for being so ready to adopt more user friendly solutuions.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Will The Innovation In The PC Peripheral World ...

    ... ever cease? Imagine not having a pop-out tray/cup holder and a spindle to load a CD or a DVD!

    But the real question is: what exactly is happening when that disk disappears inside your laptop? Can we PC users trust this? And how many mini-CDs are going to get stuck inside these newfangled devices now?

  1. kerryb

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    just in time for extinction

    don't see content, back ups, software delivery on disc with much of a future.

  1. noverflow

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    Wow... and here I was thinking that cd drives where on their way out. I guess I was wrong.

    But yeah. A lot of people are going to put mini CDs in those drives. I can feel it.

  1. ElectroTech

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    And in other news . . .

    Car manufacturers are reducing the size of the buggy whip holders on new model cars as they recognize that auxiliary horse drawn back up power systems are too heavy and bulky. This will leave more room for hay storage for the horses.

  1. chas_m




    DEATH to all mini-CD and business-card-CD and other non-standard-shaped CD/DVDs!

    I'm sure after the first million or so optical drives are replaced at their owners' expense due to putting in a non-standard CD or DVD, the unwashed PC masses will FINALLY think "yeah, you know what? Not going to use these non-standard discs anymore."

  1. vlan2k

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    It looks like "innovative" PC makers have finally caught up to where Apple was 10 years ago. Such daring!

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    I don't understand this article. I just read the word "drive" in the title and was hoping they were coming up with something to replace these cumbersome 5.25" disks I'm using. Sigh, maybe I'm too impatient...

  1. JeffHarris

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    Trendsetting! Only 12 years late....

    Slot-loading CD/DVD drives! Now that's what I call pushing the technology envelope!

    Apple has used slot loading CD/DVD drives since the 3d generation G3 iMacs in October 1999 and the first Titanium Powerbooks in January 2001.

  1. boris_cleto

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    The PC world finally caught up, just as Apple is ready to abandon removable media altogether.

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