Step-By-Step: Get maximum speed from your new drives

It's a buyer's market for drives. Low prices for fast CD-RW drives, cutting-edge rewritable-DVD drives, and the most recent generation of high-capacity hard drives make it a perfect time to upgrade. But unless you do some installation planning, you may be disappointed with the performance of your new peripherals. Your new CD-RW drive might create coasters instead of finished discs, and in some cases your PC could slow down.

But that doesn't mean you should be reluctant to upgrade. Just follow the tips presented below to make sure that your new peripherals will be on friendly terms with your PC's existing drives.

And as always, do a complete backup before you start your upgrade project.

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