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post #1 of 19
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Hey Head-fi,
This one is for the tech savvies, and i hope there are a few here on this board that can answer this for me..

Right now Im in a situation where I need a CD/DVD ROM for my laptop because the built-in DVD ROM crapped out on me and I cant replace it (or wont).

But instead I want to invest in an external DVD burner but i'm caught between getting 1)External DVD burner that is already setup, or 2)an external enclosure and fitting it w/ an Internal burner.

The problem i have is that I have no idea which is better, and even if i wanted to chose one over the other, I don't really have anyone to ask for recommendations, and i rarely trust the advises of the techies that work at places like bestbuy..etc

So looking at a cost below $100, what would be the ultimate setup for an external DVD burner (with enclosure or not) that is very solid, fast, and quiet? I do not need lightscribe but duel-layer would be nice.. but i don't really know the DVD burners that are out there right now.

Thanks a lot in advance guys, anything will help as right now, i dont know anything.
Cheers
post #2 of 19
This just showed up again on Hardforum's hot deals section. If you're in the US, this is the burner you want. Only $28 shipped so it leaves plenty of money for getting an enclosure. If you're not in the US, it's still an excellent burner, you'll just have to find somewhere else to buy it.

I have 2 and they're excellent. They come highly rated from sites like CD Freaks.
post #3 of 19
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do you know what enclosure to get??


much appreciated
how long will the deal last?
post #4 of 19
I have an LG external drive that's been pretty good for me so far, the lightscribe is a nice touch although i've not got around to trying it out yet.
post #5 of 19
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LG external drive encasing an internal DVD burner??
can you specify your specs?
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by irjoe View Post
LG external drive encasing an internal DVD burner??
can you specify your specs?
No, it's a one box unit.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Rav View Post
I have an LG external drive that's been pretty good for me so far, the lightscribe is a nice touch although i've not got around to trying it out yet.
glad i saw this thread. thanks for the recommendation, think i will prob pick this one up
post #9 of 19
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I have an LG external drive that's been pretty good for me so far, the lightscribe is a nice touch although i've not got around to trying it out yet.
went to buy this last week, says its out of stock. check today, says its a discontinued item...might have to go with the slim LG one, though its like $50 more
post #10 of 19
Are you still looking? I just ordered one of these:

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Silver 8X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 8X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-R 24X CD-RW 24X CD-ROM USB 2.0 External Slim 8X DVD Burner with LightScribe Model DX-8A1H-01 - Retail
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post #12 of 19
I am in a simlar boat as my notebook cd/dvd drive is going bad. I have looked around, and it seems like it is cheaper to get an external burner rather than a replacement for my internal drive with the same specs. I have found that the drives seem to cost more if they are internal replacements than i they are externals. Is that the general consensus?
post #13 of 19
went ahead and ordered that LITE-ON one. What does everyone use for burning, isnt exact audio copy the best to get the best bit rate, or will i have to use nero?
post #14 of 19
I'm on a Mac, so I'll be using Toast for all my burning. On a Windows box you can use any burning program, so long as it sees the drive (which it should).
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by AuroraProject View Post
I'm on a Mac, so I'll be using Toast for all my burning. On a Windows box you can use any burning program, so long as it sees the drive (which it should).
whats a good brand of cd-r's and dvd-r's that are litescribe discs?
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