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mini CD

A CD disc that is 80mm (3 1/8") in diameter. Mini CDs hold 20 minutes of CD-DA audio compared to 75 minutes for the full-size 120mm (4 3/4") disc, or 180MB of data compared to 700MB. The mini CD fits into the deeper well in the center of the tray of most CD players and drives.

Mini DVDs Are the Same Size
Using the same platter size as the mini CD, mini DVDs hold 1.4GB of video compared to 4.7GB for the regular 120mm DVD. See DVD.

Beware the Slot Loading Drive
Before inserting a mini CD or mini DVD into the slot of a "feed drive," read the manual. Many feed drives do not accept the smaller platters and can be damaged. However, the small disc can be snapped into an 80-120mm adapter and then inserted. See business card CD and feed drive.


Full and Mini
The 80mm disc on the right holds considerably less data than the regular 120mm disc on the left.







How the Drive Holds the Small Discs
Laptop optical drives (top two images) use spring-loaded spindles that grasp the inside of the center hole of both the large and small discs. Desktop drives (bottom) have a well in the middle of the tray for the smaller size.


How the Drive Holds the Small Discs
Laptop optical drives (top two images) use spring-loaded spindles that grasp the inside of the center hole of both the large and small discs. Desktop drives (bottom) have a well in the middle of the tray for the smaller size.
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In a strategic move to expand its notebook computer add-on offerings, CMS Peripherals Monday announced its new MiniCD Flip CD-ROM drive.
the MiniCD Flip is the lightest, most compact CD-ROM drive on the market.
With the MiniCD Flip's revolutionary design, streamlined size and ease of portability, there's nothing like it.
At $249, the MiniCD Flip is about half the cost of external CD-ROM drives from notebook PC manufacturers.
The MiniCD Flip offers plug-and-play simplicity during the installation and setup.
Windows NT users can find the necessary drivers for the MiniCD Flip on the company's Web site.
Powered by the notebook computer, the MiniCD Flip does not require an external power adapter, which reduces the clutter of wires and cables.

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