Due to IDE chain limits and physical case restraints, I cannot possibly get a DVD-ROM in my system. Yet I desperately need one, reading my burned DVD-R’s at 2x is horrible. I crave 16x blazing fast reading.
Well my first thought was an external USB 2.0 or Firewire drive. Can’t be too hard, right? I mean, I see external 48x CD-RW’s all the time. Turns out, there are no external DVD-ROM’s, at least no 16x ones. So then I happen across this beauty:
It’s basically just an empty box with a USB 2.0 connection to the PC. It can house any EIDE device and lets you connect it through the USB 2.0 port. Now this sounds like exactly what I need. With this, I could fill it with any 16x EIDE DVD-ROM I want and then conveniently hook it up through a USB 2.0 port. I’m just wondering, does this work well? Will I get 16x speed, or is an EIDE port too fast/has too much bandwidth to be emulated by a USB 2.0 port?
And secondly, what DVD-ROM would I want? I’m definitely getting a Lite-On, but which one is the best? I think the LTD-163
is the best, just curious if I’m right.