Originally posted by garlei
Less than a day old, and you're already bumping it?
I've known people whose drives work well in an external enclosure. Go with whatever is cheaper for you (probably buy a drive and do an external enclosure).
As for choosing a drive, the LiteOn-vs-NEC-vs-Pioneer question has been discussed before in these forums, so you may want to do a search. Or, you could read the CD Freaks reviews of the 411S, 811S, A07, and 2500A drives. Finally, if you go into the LiteOn forum, you'll find people supporting LiteOn until the bitter end, and people worshiping NEC in the NEC forum, and similarly in the Pioneer forum. I don't think that there is one "superior" drive as they each have their strengths and weaknesses, and it all depends on your preferences (e.g., NEC is the king of DVD-writing quality, but is a bit lacking in other areas and LiteOn's great for everything, except it's picky about the quality of the DVD media that you use).