[QUOTE=midnightmike;2525644]Could I rip directly to the external & burn off of it? Or would I have to rip to the external & then burn off of the main computers drive?[/QUOTE]
Yes you can rip to and burn from an external HDD, however as pointed out by Jimbo using the internal HDD would be the better choice the reason for this is because a internal hard drive has a faster and more reliable transfer rate
[QUOTE=midnightmike;2525658]I have firewire also on my laptop & external drive![/QUOTE]
Using a fire-wire is good to use when doing video backups, I don’t know what program you use for ripping and burning of videos but I suggest you set it to delete any temp files it may create during the process to reduce the build up of fragmentation.