A computer accessory used to access CD-ROM discs. Internal CD-ROM drives are installed inside of the computer system. External versions have their own enclosure and power supply and are connected to the computer by a cable. Many computers now include a built-in CD-ROM drive as standard equipment.
A device that retrieves data from a CD-ROM disc. It differs from a standard audio CD player by the incorporation of additional error-correction circuitry. CD ROM drives usually can also play music from audio CDs.
Compact Disk Read-Only Memory - A CD-ROM drive is a read-only, information storage and retrieval device that is commonly used as a computer peripheral (i.e., it is like a computer harddrive, but is able to read information off computer Cds). It can store over 600 megabytes of data -- the equivalent of about 300,000 pages of typewritten text -- and is thus used to handle large databases, to store references such as encyclopedias and for large megabyte software applications. In 1988 the basic standard was extended to include specifications for storing audio, pictures and graphics (CD-ROMXA).
a device which can read data from a CD-ROM and feed it into a computer. a device which can read data from a CD-ROM and feed it into a computer. Modern CD-ROM drives are much faster than the original specification, 24* and 36* drives are popular.
Most new computers now come with a CD-ROM drive as standard equipment. A CD-ROM drive reads data from a disc. These CDs look like a music CD, but hold data instead of music. CD-ROMs also contain games, dictionaries, recipe files . . . the list is endless.
A computer peripheral that plays back CD-ROMs and — with the right software — audio CDs. It consists of a spindle that revs up the disc, a laser that flashes onto the disc's uneven surface, a prism that deflects the laser beam, and a light-sensitive diode that reads the flashing light. Since the audio CD standard calls for data transfer of 150 kilobytes per second (KB/sec), all CD-ROM drives can handle this speed, and most can manage 2X (double-speed, or 300 KB/sec) or 4X (quad-speed, or 600 KB/sec) rates. There are also 6X (900 KB/sec) and even 8X (1,200 KB/sec) drives, but since most CD-ROM titles are squarely aimed at transferring data within the 2X/4X bandwidth, you'll usually not see much advantage to drives with higher transfer rates than with a 4X drive.
Compact Disc-Read Only Memory (CD-ROM) drive is used to play CD discs that hold data and music files. A CD can hold 650 MB of data, which is equivalent to about 250,000 pages of text or 20,000 medium-resolution images. CD-ROM drives only read data from CD discs, so users wishing to write/burn CDs should look for a CD-RW or DVD+RW drive.
A CD-ROM (read only memory) is a drive which accepts a standard CD containing either data or audio. Some are equipped with a mini headphone jack and a volume control on their front panel for listening to audio. They also have an internal audio connector which connects to your computer's sound card. Data discs can hold 700 megabytes of information.
A computer drive that reads compact discs. Client-Server Architecture vs. File-Sharing Two common application software architectures found on computer networks. With file-sharing applications, all searches occur on the workstation, while the document database resides on the server. With client-server architecture, CPU intensive processes (such as searching and indexing) are completed on the server, while image viewing and OCR occur on the client. File-sharing applications are easier to develop, but they tend to generate tremendous network data traffic in document imaging applications. They also expose the database to corruption through workstation interruptions. Client-server applications are harder to develop, but dramatically reduce network data traffic and insulate the database from workstation interruptions.
Reads compact disks in the form of audio or CD-ROM. A CD-ROM holds data (perhaps audio as well). Newer CD-ROM drives will read CD-R (Writable CDs) and CD-RW (ReWritable CDs). The speed of a CD-ROM drive is not usually very important except when installing programs, running games that require use of the CD-ROM drive, or "burning" CDs with a CD-ROM Burner - a CD-ROM drive that is able to write to special CDs called CD-Rs. Visit the CD-ROM Drive page.
A device that reads CD-ROMs. These drives are standard on many PCs and are available in various speeds, which are represented as multiples of X. Most systems presently offer drives averaging 32X or 40X.
Compact Disc (Read-Only Memory). A device that reads information off of CDs. Cds store digital information or audio music. The higher the number in front of the "X", the faster the speed the information can be accessed.