Fast external DVD drive?

Hi all,

I’m looking for some recommendations for an external dvd burner (USB2). I mostly intend to use it for reading/ripping purposes. I’m running a Windows XP computer and currently have USB 2 and firewire 400 connection options. I’d really like a “ready made” solution, without having to worry about pairing up an internal drive with a seperate enclosure.

Are there any options out there that are substantially faster than the competition? Possibly with no riplock to worry about?

Here’s a few I was looking at, but I’m open to other options too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106338&cm_re=lite_on_external--27-106-338--Product

Thanks.

I would use firewire…

HI and welcome John881,

Both drives are only USB2 but if you only want a drive for reading/ripping then you want have any problems reaching 16x, but if you want to burn 16x or higher would be very difficult.

Thanks for the replies guys. I looked around a bit at the dual usb2/firewire options and didn’t see too many modern ready made drives. Any thoughts on the Lacie 301484U (link below)? It almost looks like they used a Samsung drive judging from the front panel. I guess the only problem is that it’s straining my budget a little bit. Would I really see a substantial performance gain by opening up the firewire option?

This is the moment that you will have to find what you really need and how you will use this drive, as i said before you should be able to reach 16x for reading*, but it would be very hard to reach 16x when you will burn.
But most of the users here only burn at high speed for testing, so if i assume that you will burn at 12x you wont have any problems.

*i’ll try to do some test with my external LG later tonight.

[QUOTE=vroom;2554345]This is the moment that you will have to find what you really need and how you will use this drive, as i said before you should be able to reach 16x for reading*, but it would be very hard to reach 16x when you will burn.
But most of the users here only burn at high speed for testing, so if i assume that you will burn at 12x you wont have any problems.

*i’ll try to do some test with my external LG later tonight.[/QUOTE]
Didn’t you do that already? http://club.myce.com/f91/hl-dt-st-dvdram-ge20lu10-255528/ :bigsmile:
Another one: http://club.myce.com/f91/ge20nu10-speed-issues-299885/

I might mention that the GE20LU/NU10 is an old drive, nowadays replaced by the GE20NU/LU11, which is totally different internal hardware.

Michael

[QUOTE=mciahel;2554369]Didn’t you do that already? http://club.myce.com/f91/hl-dt-st-dvdram-ge20lu10-255528/ :bigsmile:
Another one: http://club.myce.com/f91/ge20nu10-speed-issues-299885/

I might mention that the GE20LU/NU10 is an old drive, nowadays replaced by the GE20NU/LU11, which is totally different internal hardware.

Michael[/QUOTE]

oops! i forgot that.

I understand that this drive is old, but if the OP only intents to use the drive as a reader and he (or she) can live with lets say slow (12x) burn speeds, i dont see any point why getting an external firewire drive.
But in the end that a question that the OP can only answer.

[QUOTE=vroom;2554402]oops! i forgot that. [/quote]:bigsmile:

I understand that this drive is old,

but gold. :smiley:
With “old”, I simply meant that this drive (unfortunately) has been discontinued, and it is hard to find nowadays.

Michael

Thanks again for the replies and those test results. It’s appreciated. I think I’m going to do more research and weigh my options a bit more.