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||Some more features I can think of:
||Idle-time DVD pre-fetching. When a
DVD is in the drive and the PC is not
accessing it, it copies the contents on
the disc sequentially to the dedicated
HD for faster reads in the future. This
avoids slowdowns caused by randomly
reading the DVD directly, which
includes the time it takes for the optical
lens to move back and forth on the
drive as well as the time it takes for the
disc to spin up to speed.
||Virtual DVD/CD-RW drive. Chanages
made to the disc are copied to the
dedicated HD, but changes are not
reflected on the rewritable disc until the
last moment, in order to reduce read/
write/erase counts to the DVD/CD-RW
||I don't dislike the idea so I'll stay netural but it would seem easier to just keep along the current path of increasing the buffer size in dvd burners. With dual layer burners common place and blue ray on the way I dunno if there'd be any great return of investment in baking this. Harddrives fail more often than dvd burners as well so this would likely lower the units lifespan. And I'd feel happier buying a larger multipurpose harddrive. You can easily buy a 200 gig drive for 100 euro these days.
||Do you know how difficult it is to buy a HDD as small as 4.7GB?