Turning an internal burner into an external one?



hi, i was hoping someone could give me some tips. i have an internal DVD burner on my desktop PC but i want to use it on my laptop. i heard u can take it out of the PC, put it into a special case and connect it to the laptop. is this possible? does the case come with a USB cord or something, or do i have to use a billion confusing cables

and also im going to get a new laptop in a few months, can i just disconnect it and use it on my new laptop as well?

thanks a lot. :stuck_out_tongue:


You can use an external case, USB or firewire (firewire preferred).

You will need to install your burner software on each PC.

Alternately, you can network (wireless 802.11 or wired) your PC’s & transfer the files to your desktop & then burn them.

Same for your new PC.


The case you will want is here:http://www.dealsonic.com/pl52usb20enf.html

Be aware, most external enclosures DO NOT work well with optical burners. This one does.



Does the USB/Firewire Combo work too?


Yes. See here:http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=175536

And to answer some missed questions; you need a power cord and a USB cable. Both come with the case. It will work on any computer, laptop or otherwise, with a USB 2.0 connection. You will be limited to 12X speed burning depending on the drive you have, but that is fine as almost all 16X media should aonly be burned at 12X anyway.