Hi,QUOTE=MUSCBoneDoc11 I'm thinking of buying the Lite-On SHM-165P6S external from Circuit City for about $50.
My question is, does that sound like a good option for me?
The Liteon is a good drive. But I am not sure if an external drive is an option for you as 4 years old computers weren't always equipped with USB 2.0 high speed controllers. So, the internal version should do better.
I have never installed a drive so getting an internal and having to remove the old drive, install the new one, make the computer recognize it, etc. really worries me.
Nothing to be worried about. If there is no manual with the drive, then get it from Liteon website. (I consider the Liteon manual as very good)
An external would also allow me to move it to other systems, which I'll probably get $20 worth of use out of.
Admitted. This is an advantage, but you have to make sure, there is an USB 2.0 interface in the computer you are connecting the drive to.