Inexpensive, reliable, external CD-RW?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Aaron Silverman, Apr 22, 2002.

  1. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    10,887
    Likes Received:
    620
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    Hi gang,

    I am looking for an external CD-RW drive for use with my laptop. It's a Dell Inspiron 8000 running Win 2000 (so USB is OK, but not a requirement).

    My main criteria are reliability and low price. Speed is less of an issue, since I will mainly use it for system backups and the occasional music mix.

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. Thom B

    Thom B Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 1999
    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've been running an HP 8220e without problems for about year and a half. They can be found for ~$140. I've run it on ME, XP, and win2k using Nero without any problems.

    T
     
  3. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    10,887
    Likes Received:
    620
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    Has anyone tried the TDK that's on special for $130 at CompUSA this week?
     
  4. Randy_T

    Randy_T Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2001
    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    0
    I got a Plextor 12X 10X 32X CDRW from MultiWave for less than $100 shipped.
    Randy T
     
  5. Randy_T

    Randy_T Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2001
    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry...too early in the morning. Didn't see that you were looking for a laptop burner
     
  6. Jay H

    Jay H Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 1999
    Messages:
    5,654
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    Pittsfield, MA
    Real Name:
    Jay
    I check this thread out since my sister is looking into one. There is no such thing as an internal CD-RW module for laptops I guess? Are the USB2.0 external CD-RWs compatible with say the USB1.0 standard because my sister's laptop is really old so I'm sure her USB port is not the new 2.0 standard...

    At the time, a few weeks ago, my quick check showed that most of the external CDRWs at newegg.com were mostly around $150.

    Jay
     
  7. Thom B

    Thom B Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 1999
    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    0
    The HP I mentioned earlier is usb1.0.

    T
     
  8. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    10,887
    Likes Received:
    620
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    Actually, there are internal CD-RWs for laptops. My Dell has two plug-in cartridges in the front. One has a floppy drive, the other is currently empty. The DVD drive is built into the side of the machine. (It's called a "3-spindle" system, since it has 3 potential drive bays. Or is it 4, to include the hard drive. . .)

    However, the internal CD-RW costs about $260, which is about twice what I'm willing to spend. Also, I'll probably get another desktop at some point, so it'd be nice to have an external unit I could plug into it too.
     
  9. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    10,887
    Likes Received:
    620
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    OK, I hit CompUSA for the TDK deal. Score!
    The advertised deal is regular price $199, sale price $179, plus a $50 mail-in rebate. But it rang up at $159! (My unemployed butt thanks you, CompUSA. And before the wisecracks start flowing, I need this for system backups! [​IMG])
    So now the question is. . .how can I determine whether my ports are USB 1.1 or USB 2? I looked in the Device Manager, which gives driver versions, but I'm not sure that that's the same thing. The unit says that it will only work at 4x4x6 speeds (normally 24x10x40) on USB 1.1.
    How long has USB 2 been around? My laptop is a little over a year old.
     
  10. Christian Behrens

    Christian Behrens Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2000
    Messages:
    713
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Real Name:
    Christian Behrens
     
  11. Aaron Silverman

    Aaron Silverman Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 1999
    Messages:
    10,887
    Likes Received:
    620
    Location:
    Florida
    Real Name:
    Aaron Silverman
    Interesting. My laptop has a firewire jack too, but those drives were somewhat more expensive.
     
  12. Rommel_L

    Rommel_L Second Unit

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2000
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    0
    Aaron,

    If your burner work in the speeds of 4X4X6, it's USB 1.1. These are the fastest speeds USB 1.1 can support.

    -RL-
     

Share This Page