I went shopping for a DVD writer yesterday and came home with a Plextor drive for about $80 (with $20 rebate). It's amazing how cheap these drives have gotten in a couple of years. I remember them used to cost $400+ (discs themselves also costing a fortune), but now many notebooks have it as a standard option. With ever growing storage requirements, CDs are definitely getting feeling the space pinch. Even linux distributions are now coming on 3-4 CDs!
Installing the drive was straight forward. I changed the setting for the drive to be a slave on the secondary IDE since I already had a CDRW/DVD combo drive as the primary then slide the drive into the bay. This was the first time I've opened my desktop since I bought it, so I took some time to clean out the dust that has accumulated in there. Things has sure gotten easier. Just slide in the drive into the mounting bracket and turn it on. I remember in the past having to make sure the cables reached then making sure to download the correct drivers before the OS will recognize it.