External Burner, SATA or IDE?



Does this matter? I’m planning to get a Lite-On DVD Burner with an external enclosure and not sure if I should stick with IDE or get a SATA? I heard IDE is more stable, etc. and that SATA just saves space, but space really wouldn’t matter in an external enclosure or would it. I’m planning to get one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010100005%2050001336&name=Lite-On Thanks.


If you connect the drive to an eSATA port, there is a huge difference, and the sata drive will be a better choice.

If you’ll use an USB port, then IDE and SATA will have the same performance :slight_smile:


I will be using my usb on my laptop.


Are you going to be using the drive for quality scanning? If so, then go with IDE. It’s difficult to find SATA Lite-On drives that have MediaTek chipsets. On the other hand, if you don’t care about that, then go with SATA. It’s the future.


Yes I will be scanning and burning with it, thanks for all your input. I guess I’ll get an IDE one first and then go with a SATA afterward.