I have a DELL 5150c slimline PC ( like the current model C521) with a built in lap-top style vertical combo drive.
this works OK, but is not very tolerant of scratches on rentals , ( compared with my main DELL e520 desktop which has 2 “proper” drives.), and it’s also much slower at reading entire DVDs onto the had drive ( again compared with the E520)
I’m pretty sure that the slow speed is due to the dell drive, not the pc’s power, as it’s a 3.0gb pentium 4.
Dell E520 core duo 2.0gb , RAID 1 hard drive setup, twin dell DVD drives - copies a 7GB DL DVD to HD in about 20 mins
Dell 5150C P4 3.0gb, Dell combo drive - takes 40-60 minutes to do the same task and is much more likely to throw up read errors.
I use the 5150c for viewing movies as it is stashed behind the TV, & I usually place the movie onto HD beforehand as it’s a tad awkward to get at the DVD drive.
So would I get faster speed & better reliablity from an external USB2 linked drive & if so could i have a recommendation please. I’m not fussed about burning speeds as I don’t usually burn anything on this PC, but it does not seem possibel to buy a read-only external DVD drive. Or shoudl I look to upgrade the DELl drive, bearing in mind that it has to fit the SFF case ?