[QUOTE=DeKoning!;2138908]I think the demand for external drives will grow in the coming months, because of the enormous success of drive-less netbooks.[/QUOTE]
Maybe, but I guess most users of a Netbook also have a real PC.
[QUOTE=DeKoning!;2138908]That’s the reason I’m shopping for one. I’ve always selected my internal drives with great care, so I’m a bit apprehensive, especially considering the disappointing quality of the newer SATA drives.[/QUOTE]
My Samsung SH-S203N and my Pioneed DVR-215/215D are good drives for me, and what I read the NEC 7200S is also a good drive.
[QUOTE=DeKoning!;2138908]I can find Arachne’s recommendations for the LG drive, and the 224 version of the Samsung drive, but what about the Plextor PX-810UF DVD-RW 18x? I used to be a big Plextor fan, and still have a few incredible cd drives from them.[/QUOTE]
I’m not a LG fan. The drive I have had only less firmware updates (two in the complete product cycle). Plextor does not make own drives anymore since 2007 anymore. The real Plextors are great drives. For me the rebadged drives are not worth the money.
[QUOTE=DeKoning!;2138908]I’m a bit weary of sticking a drive in an external enclosure myself, because of all the reports about “bad chipsets” I keep reading.[/QUOTE]
I agree there are compatibility problems between specific drives and the bridge chipsets. For example I had problems with my Plextor Premium II CD burner and the Prolific PL-3507C.
For this reason I have 3 different bridgebord types for my MAP-H51 enclosures (GLE811/OX911, GLE811/OX911Plus, Prolific PL3507C).
For my SH-S203N and DVR-215 I “pimped” an MAP-H51 enclosure with a SATA capable bridgeboard with USB/FW/eSATA interface based on OX924 chip.