Looking to buy external dvd writer. need advice


My girlfriend has got acer laptop but dvd burner(liteon 833s) installed is absolute nightmare. After reading different topics on this board I decided that maybe best option will be to buy external dvd burner. However I would like to ask You for advice what should I go for? There are so many of them out there. Also I would like to spend as less money it’s possible.


Build you own. It’s a cinch to buy an external case…get one with USB2 and firewire connections and then go and buy a quality burner like Pioneer, Benq, LG etc. Any brand-name unit should be okay. Putting the drive in the case is a no-brainer and any retailer worth their salt should be able to tell you what to do. It’s simply a matter of unscrewing the case, setting a jumper on the drive and connecting two cables…really simple and once you see it done or have it explained to you you’ll probably never forget how to do it. Building your own will save you money, believe me. BTW welcome to the forum.

P.S. Avoid cheap and nasty cases that are flimsy.

Thanks for advice! Could You recommend some websites in UK?

Sorry…I’m in Australia…but if you do a google search I’m sure you’ll turn up something. If you buy the case get the retailer to explain how to connect it up. You’re welcome to PM me if you get stuck but I doubt you will…it’s so simple.

http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/k.asp .I havent used the site (yet) but others on the site say its very good.

I would check the sections of the forum where the burners are concerned to see which enclosures work best with the drives you are considering.

SVP do enclosure: http://svp.co.uk/products-list.php?cid=81

It may be best to go to a local small PC shop as you can not only get them at a decent price you have the convenience of face to face advise. I always use my local shops when shopping for parts for this reason and the advantage of speedy exchange if things aren’t right.

after looking on komplett website found this two:
enclosure http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=122588&view=detailed
and a dvd burner: http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=317129&view=detailed
What’s Your views? Are both of them would work fine or there could be a conflicts? Or You may could recommend different product as I’m new with this. Have been reeding different topics on this board about enclosures but it seems a bit complicated and looks like it depends on enclosures and writers you get. Not all performs the same.
Will be waiting for advice!