I'm looking to build a very small, portable computer out of the EPIA mini-itx motherboard
The purpose is to build a ripping machine that I can carry into the public library and rip CD albums each weekend.
The CPU power of the mini-itx board isn't very good for encoding mp3's, so I think I'll be only interested in Ripping the wav files to an external hard drive. Then I'll take the 120+ GB drive home and encode on my main machine.
So my question to you is what drive provides the best, fastest, and most accurate ripping?
I'll be using EAC in secure mode, generating log files to ensure accuracy.
At the moment, I'd think I'd rather go with firewire vs. USB2.0. That is up for debate though.
(It can also be a CDROM/CD-R/CD-RW drive, doesn't matter. I'm sure it's hard to find a CDROM-only unit anyway!)
Cost isn't really a factor either.
Also, can anyone see any problems with speed by ripping a music CD from an external CDROM drive, TO an external hard drive?