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htismaqe
01-25-2005, 10:53 AM
I asked this inside a thread and never got a response...

I have a PIII, 1Ghz machine. All of the internal DVD-RW drives I've looked at need way more horsepower than my PC puts out.

I want to get a USB-attached external burner, since they actually have buffers/queues and can write DVD's pretty much regardless of your PC speed.

Any recommendations for a reasonably good, low-priced unit?

Saulbadguy
01-25-2005, 01:28 PM
Its going to be slow either way, IMO. Also, if you are getting a USB attached burner, and you only have USB 1.1 (im assuming), its going to be VERY slow. I don't think you should have a problem with an internal drive, it will just take longer.

htismaqe
01-26-2005, 08:24 AM
No, I have USB 2.0.

And I know it will be slow, I don't really care about speed.

I just don't want to be burning 2GB coasters.

Saulbadguy
01-26-2005, 01:18 PM
I don't know why you think your PC isn't capable of handling an internal burner...:shrug:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=27-152-035&DEPA=0

Pentium III 450 MHz or faster CPU and 128 MB or higher RAM are required
650 MB HDD available capacity; and 5 GB free space for creating a DVD image file

htismaqe
01-26-2005, 02:21 PM
I don't know why you think your PC isn't capable of handling an internal burner...:shrug:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=27-152-035&DEPA=0

Pentium III 450 MHz or faster CPU and 128 MB or higher RAM are required
650 MB HDD available capacity; and 5 GB free space for creating a DVD image file

Wow dude. Thanks!

Are NEC burners pretty good?

Saulbadguy
01-26-2005, 02:29 PM
Wow dude. Thanks!

Are NEC burners pretty good?
Buddy has this one, works fine. Its all in the media, really...buy decent media, get good results.

htismaqe
02-05-2005, 07:05 PM
Had to bump this.

I ordered this drive on Wednesday and it arrived yesterday.

It took me just a couple of minutes to install -- WinXP recognized it right away and even had the right drivers built-in.

VERY good drive.

Lzen
02-18-2005, 10:50 AM
Cool, I just ordered this drive, too. Is it working well for ya, Parker?

Saulbadguy
02-18-2005, 12:26 PM
See, advice from me ALWAYS works out.

Otter
02-18-2005, 12:29 PM
See, advice from me ALWAYS works out.

What about that time you convinced me I could overclock my mouse?!?!? I spent 3 days trying to figure out a way to get firmware on that thing.

I'm not buying it! :harumph:

HC_Chief
02-18-2005, 12:54 PM
You shouldn't use USB - you should use Firewire... its better cuz its Mac and you should get a Mac and run Linux on it cuz its better and so on and so forth.

Sorry, had to be done :D

htismaqe
02-18-2005, 02:43 PM
This drive is really good...I've burned quite a few CD's already and a couple of DVD's...