Possible replacement DVD drives?

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#1

At this point I’m just exploring my options, but this thread is leading me to believe that I might need a replacement drive.

I would greatly prefer external drives to internal drives, as I’m not comfortable enough with hardware to want to risk messing up my computer trying to install a new internal drive, and service fees for computer work often equal or exceed the cost of the new parts anyways.

I looked around a little, and this one seems solid:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Polaroid+-+8x+External+USB+2.0+Double-Layer+DVD%26%23177%3BR/RW/CD-RW+Drive/1155724.p?skuId=1155724&id=1218227297605

But I’m not really that knowledgeable with hardware, so I’m posting here to get some more informed views as to good potential replacements. I’d greatly prefer ones around the same price point or lower. If it’s a little higher than 50 USD that’s fine, but I don’t want to spend a large amount of money on a replacement drive. Being able to read DVDs is more important to me than being able to write them, though since most of them I’ve seen in that range can read and write I might as well go for both. There is little need for CD burning, as my current drive can still do that. If it happens to offer CD burning, great but if not, no big deal, and it’s not worth paying extra for something I already have.


#2

All of the external burners will offer cd and dvd burning capability. Most of the time we advise not using the slim type external drives, unless they come with their own power supply. Trying to burn disks off the usb power is not recommended. I’m not a fan of the slim drives in any case.

Here is the type I would be looking for: http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GE20LU10-LightScribe-SecurDisc/dp/accessories/B001TOD5AS

or this Lite-On: http://www.amazon.com/Liteon-24X-DVDrw-Black-white/dp/B002UOURJI

These are getting harder to find.


#3

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2567620]… Most of the time we advise not using the slim type external drives, unless they come with their own power supply. …

Here is the type I would be looking for: http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GE20LU10-LightScribe-SecurDisc/dp/accessories/B001TOD5AS[/QUOTE]These could have been exactly my words :smiley:

I want to add that the high advertized write speeds (20x resp. 24x) can only be reached in the marketing departments of the manufacturer’s headquarter.
In reality, speeds above 12x can hardly be reached, so the write speed should be manually controlled in the application.

Edit:

or this Lite-On: http://www.amazon.com/Liteon-24X-DVDrw-Black-white/dp/B002UOURJI
I like the description on Amazon:

:bigsmile:

Michael


#4

:slight_smile: haha… I hadn’t noticed that description. Lets hope they ship the drive and not what they are describing.


#5

I’m assuming based on your reply that that one is a slim type? And I believe it did use USB power. But what sort of problems does it cause with burning, and if DVD burning is not that important to me how big of a factor is this?

Here is the type I would be looking for: http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GE20LU10-LightScribe-SecurDisc/dp/accessories/B001TOD5AS

or this Lite-On: http://www.amazon.com/Liteon-24X-DVDrw-Black-white/dp/B002UOURJI

These are getting harder to find.

Those look interesting but I’d prefer ones available at a retail store. Shipping times are annoying, and getting it shipped within a reasonable timeframe more than outweighs any advantages of a lower price on the item itself.


#6

[QUOTE=PeterSP;2567643]I’m assuming based on your reply that that one is a slim type? And I believe it did use USB power. But what sort of problems does it cause with burning, and if DVD burning is not that important to me how big of a factor is this?[/quote]It is simple.
An USB port is specified to deliver up to 500 mA if requested by the device.
A slim DVD writer demands up to 1500 mA. I guess you do not want to overload your USB ports.

Those look interesting but I’d prefer ones available at a retail store.
You have seen what we recommend. Perhaps you can get one of these in a local store.

Edit: since your initial link was from bestbuy.com I guess you want to buy from there.
They have at least two external “HalfHeight” drives listed, and if you insist on a slim drive, you might check the Sony and Pioneer units. Seems as if these come with a power supply and thus are spec compliant.

Michael


#7

For the purpose of reading dvds, the usb connection/power will not be a problem. Burning can be an issue simply because the throughput is not adequate for high speeds (as Michael stated) and the power necessary isn’t available through the usb line. And there are just not that many robust slim dvd drives…construction, mechanics, and overall quality of the drives are a bit suspect in my opinion.

Polaroid is not the same company from decades ago by the way. The name was purchased and lots of cheap products are sold under that brand these days.

Expedited shipping adds about $10 to the cost and brings the LG up to about $53. Which is probably less than you will pay in a local store plus tax.


#8

[QUOTE=mciahel;2567648]It is simple.
An USB port is specified to deliver up to 500 mA if requested by the device.
A slim DVD writer demands up to 1500 mA. I guess you do not want to overload your USB ports.
You have seen what we recommend. Perhaps you can get one of these in a local store.[/quote]

Not enough power. Fair enough.

Edit: since your initial link was from bestbuy.com I guess you want to buy from there.
They have at least two external “HalfHeight” drives listed, and if you insist on a slim drive, you might check the Sony and Pioneer units. Seems as if these come with a power supply and thus are spec compliant.

Michael

It doesn’t have to be from bestbuy. That is the electronics store with the most extensive inventory in my area that I know of.

I don’t much care if it’s slim or not.

My criteria is:

Must be external, not internal.
Must be able to read DVDs. Being able to burn them, and/or burn CDs are added bonuses but are not required.
Should be 50 USD or less, I can go higher but would rather not.
Should be from a retail store.

I linked that particular model simply because it had the best reviews of the lot. No idea how much weight that carries but there you go.