Hi. My name is Tony and I’m a federal employee in the Washington, DC area. I appreciate the opportunity to ask for advice on this forum.
I have an old Sony Vaio laptop with a Celeron 600 MHZ CPU, Windows 2000, 256MB of RAM and a 10GB hard drive. I see from most burner’s specification sheets that they require faster systems than I have – some as high as Pentium 4, 2.8 GHZ CPU with 512MB RAM and 10GB of free drive space. What do you think, would any kind of burner run OK on my system notwithstanding the stated requirements?
I only want to use this burner to back up data – e.g., run a full backup of my 10-GB hard drive using Norton Ghost and back up an external hard drive containing camera photos. I am NOT interested (until I get a new computer next winter) in converting DV video to MGPEG2 and burning the compressed video to DVD.
However, if possible, I would like to use the DVD RAM and dual-layer (DL) functions that some burners have.
Would it matter if I used the firewire input on my computer instead of USB2 (which I added using a PCMCIA card)? Does firewire require less system overhead than USB2 and, more important, enough to make a difference for my particular setup?
Thank you in advance for your advice.