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What is CD-ROM?

Definition – What does CD-ROM mean?

CD-ROM (Compact-disc-ROM) is an adaption of the compact that is created to store computer data in the form of graphics and text as well as hi-fi stereo sounds. It is a greater media format for retail software programs. The first CD-ROM could hold about 553MB of data, but now it can hold more than 700MB of data. It shares the same technology as audio CDs, but they are formatted differently that allows them to share several types of data.

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The first CD-ROM was developed in 1982 by a Japanese company named as Denon. It was an extension of the Compact Disc Digital Audio and adapted the format in order to hold any form the digital data. CD-ROM was then launched by Sony and Denon at a Japanese computer show in 1984 with the name Yellow Book. The Yalow Book is the practical standard that describes the format of CD-ROM. One of the sets of color-bound books that covers the specifications for all CD formats that is standardized by Sony and Philips in 1983, which specifies the format for discs with the capacity of 650MB.

A CD-ROM Drive is a computer hardware device that is used to read CD-ROM but not write or erase. The drive has speed ranging from 1X and all the way more than 72X that means it reads the CD 72 times faster than 1X version. As you would imagine, these drives are capable of playing CDs and reading data CDs such as CD-R and CR-RW discs, etc.

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