First, let me say that these forums have been really helpful to me during my product research. You guys are great!
The optical drive in my Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo has never worked completely, and now it's hosed. (Common problem.) It's an HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N.
After ridiculous amounts of research, I've settled upon the Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7240S drive in a Vantec NST-530SU enclosure. I'd be connecting this to my Mac using a USB 2.0 cable.
I'm running OSX 10.5.8 (Leopard), although I may be upgrading to Snow Leopard soon. I'll be using the drive primarily to burn data to SL DVD+Rs. (Taiyo Yuden 000 T02 from Media Mega Mall, although I have some Verbatims and Maxells as alternative media, just in case.)
I'll probably be burning at 4x, just because I'm paranoid. I also intend to only turn the drive on when I'm going to use it, which won't be that often.
Does anyone foresee problems with this setup? If so, what are your suggestions?
Thanks in advance for your help!