[QUOTE=rojozia;2509665]CVS - Thx for all the info. I do need a burner, not just a player, for my notebook. So … since I probably don’t have enough computer smarts to piece together a high quality internal drive to an enclosure and make it work, I’m thinking that I’d like to buy a reliable, external burner. The one that appears the best to to me (at least in the ‘reasonable affordability’ category is, the
LACIE d2 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X
Do you believe this would be a fairly reliable external BD-R burner? Do have any other specific recommendations? I read that the Buffalo external driver isn’t that great.
Thank you again for your help[/QUOTE]
I do not know which 8x drive Lacie is using in their external burner … might be a Matshita/Panasonic one or an LG one … in which case you should stay well away.
For their 8x internal drives Buffalo uses both Matshita (Panasonic) drives (models starting with the BR-816 identifier), LG drives (models starting with BR-H816) and Pioneer drives (models starting with BR-PI816).
The problem is that as far as I know they only have 8x external models based on either Matshita (BR-816SU2) or LG (BR-H816SU2, BRHC-6316U2), but not on Pioneer (the BR-PI816SU2 does not exist). Matshita drives are a complete disaster regardless of speed and model, and the 6x or 8x LG drives are quite poor, so you should stay away of both.
If you can find a 10x or 12x external drive, then things are much easier, since the drive inside of those would be either LG or Pioneer and both are very good burners.
The best and probably much cheaper option is to bite the bullet and go for a DIY solution (drive + enclosure). Once you choose the right enclosure (there are several threads around suggesting good ones) it is quite easy to assemble them, so you should really not be put off by the apparent complexity of the task … you just need to connect the drive using the SATA and power connectors provided in the enclosure, fix the drive in place with a few screws and then mount the enclosure’s cover back on … it is really as simple as that!