Oops, sorry, I missed this thread :eek:
- on the USB controller (some are really lousy)
- and on the cooperation between burner and enclosure chipset. In that case a "ready-to-use" unit from a drive manufacturer (Samsung, LG, Liteon) is highly recommended.
But apart from that, you don't want to burn at 22x
Do any of the OEM's that make external DVD burners ensure that their drive is not powered by USB?
Any half height external drive comes with its own power supply.
The only external drives that are available without a PSU, are slim drives - and their power demand exceeds the specified 500 mA for USB current (most time it works).
If one or both is 'no' then I guess I'll have to get a internal + enclosure
If you want to go the eSata route, you have to build your own external drive (internal drive + enclosure). Most eSata enclosures have an additional USB port, so you can use them with a computer that has no eSata, also.
For USB, you can buy a "ready-to-use" unit.