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When was the last time you booted from a real CD or DVD?

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#1 steve6375


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 10:06 AM

I have not touched one of these spinning discs for years now.

I have several boxes of blanks which I am seriously considering throwing out (they may be so old that they don't work anyway?).

Is there still a need for CDs\DVDs these days?

If so, when did you need to use one and why?


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 10:26 AM

ages ago. but i keep an external usb cd/dvd reader/writer if need ever be.

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 12:07 PM

A few months, and it was an older server I had to boot to WinPE to to do a chkdsk to.  All the laptops and PCs we get don't even come with DVDs any more, even the engineering ones.  I keep a USB DVD disk around just in case.  

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 07:14 PM

I concur, I haven't booted a real disc in a long time, probably a few years (FreeBSD if I remember right). But I do keep a USB DVD drive around, just in case. I do still use it semifrequently to rip digital copies of nonbootable discs, I have alot of really old gaming console/audio discs that I need to finish backing up. But there are so many, will take a long time to finish.

#5 erwan.l


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 07:46 PM

Never again since I encountered Rufus.

There was a before and then there was an after.

Why would anyone bother burning a CD/DVD when you know about USB booting ?

Burning a CD/DVD these days is not green at all ! :)

#6 wimb


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 09:28 PM

Using BootFloppies and Boot CD's like BartPE since 2003 has changed for me

since I joined May 9, 2007 the work of ilko_t, cdob and jaclaz in the devolopment of


How to boot/install from USB key ?


This resulted in the batch program USB_MultiBoot2.cmd  to make USB for Install of XP from USB  :)


I checked that my last MultiBoot DVD is from August 2012

Boot and Install from USB had become the Standard by that time.


Then with the introduction of Windows 8 in september 2012 everything changed with UEFI. :wacko:

The answer came on 18 Feb 2013 with UEFI_MULTI to Make Multi-Boot USB-Drive and recently on 06 Mar 2020 with USB_FORMAT Tool   B) 


Nowadays booting from Portable SSD with Win10XPE from RAMDISK Or with full Win10x64 in VHD as FILEDISK is great fun for Install from USB.



#7 Hima



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Posted 17 May 2020 - 07:03 PM

for more than 8 years ago

i like make every boot from my hard disk, or flash disk

its easy

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