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Compact Disc

Drive Specifications

The drive specifications tell the drive's performance capabilities. These specifications commonly include the following:

  • The data transfer rate, which specifies how much data the drive can read from a data CD and transfer to the host computer when reading one large, sequential chunk of data.
  • The access time, which is the delay between the drive receiving the command to read and its actual first reading of the data.
  • The buffer size, which is the size of the cache of memory stored in the drive. Not all drives are equipped with memory buffers.

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