Watching video files on CD vs Hard drive- which is better?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Peter Griffin, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    Is it better to save video files on a CD and watch it there as opposed to watching it from the hard drive? I've noticed that my iBook runs extremely hot whenever I watch video files (saved on hard drive) for extended periods of time. Just wondering if this was a better alternative. ;)
  2. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Occasionally I watch some movies (legitimately acquired) ripped as Quicktime files with Handbrake that I have saved onto DVD to watch later.

    These play fine on my Mac although fast-forwarding can be a little jerky. You may find that the Combo/Super drive that you have also gets a little warm...

    Try it and see.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2005
    I see.. I'm more concerned about the heat generated from the hard drive than anything. Do you think it would be better to run my movies on a disc?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    If it's actually a CD drive you're talking about then the HD would be better without a chance.

    CD's don't offer very good bandwidth, so you wouldn't be able to play back super hq video from a CD drive.

    I can't see any compelling reason not to just use the hard drive.

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