I have an internal Philips 8701 dvd burner, which is working perfectly. I have been using it a long time, and know that eventually it is going to die. I would like to get a back-up burner before that happens, however, I have not been able to locate a new or used 8701 anywhere, and assume new would be less risky in any case.
I was thinking that an external burner (usb connection) would be a lot more convenient to use with different computers, but don't know if there are any drawbacks with the external versions as vs internal.
I was able to pick up a used Iomega Super DVD burner, in like new condition, with disks, box, cords and all. It plays perfectly but I have never been able to get a good burn from it. One error message after another, lots of coasters, even though I am using the same program and Verbatim disks, set to the same (low) recording speed.
So, internal vs external? Pros? Cons? 8701's anywhere you know of? (I heard it was the same as a BenQ 1620. Any truth to that?)
Any help would be greatly appreciated,