Hello Fellow Freaks,
Quick question. I just put together another BYTECC external kit for my Plextor 708A DVD burner that has two firewire and one USB port in rear. I have another BYTECC external of the exact same make and model with a 160g WD HD onboard. My Gateway 600-XL laptop is only USB 1.1 compliant (which is remarkable for a new $3000 laptop!) and only has one firewire port which is being used by the BYTECC WD HD. I am assuming that trying to burn using USB 1.1 would be fuitless ?? and there for need to upgrade my laptop with a PCMCIA USB combo firewire/USB 2.0 PC card adapter to be able to take advantage of the 708A’s top burn and read speed? (if so can you reccomend one? Gateway support tryed telling me that there was only ONE card that would work with my laptop and they just happen to carry it! Haaaa. That card is known as the STARTECH 3 Port Ultra Fast Card Bus PCMCI-A USB 2.0 PC Card Adapter. Do you guys think they was just trying to “sell” me one of there supported products or do you think what they said might really be true? I should think there no differnce as far as brand name goes as long as it’s PCMCIA USB2?)
ALSO: It seems to me that I have read somplace that you can “Daisy Chain” these external drive kits? If that is true couldn’t I just daisy chain my 708A’s external to my WD HD external and expect any kind of preformance or even expect for it to work at all?
My question then is “taking into account the above information what would you guys do if it were you?”
I’d appreciate your help and look forward to listening to anything you have to say on the subject or any advice you might have to offer.