DVD Burner?

In keeping with my policy of staying way behind the bleeding edge of technology, the only DVD burner I have is a stand-alone Sony unit that I feed video from my camcorder or DVD player.

What do you fellow lurkers recommend for an external DVD burner that's easy to move from PC to PC?

Thanks! ...Jim Thompson

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As they're only worth about $17* each these days I don't bother moving them and just have one in every box. USB keys are easier for netbooks. I do have a Samsung SE-S084 external drive that powers itself off of TWO USB ports, but I think I only used it once or twice. IIRC, it worked fine.

*newegg today,either IDE or SATA (Samsung/Liteon) with free shipping.
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Spehro Pefhany

I have a Sony USB DVD RW recorder. Model DRX-70U-R. It cost me close to a $100 a few years back. Newer models (and cheaper) are available.

Although this is an external USB connected burner, it is not USB powered (it takes 2 Amps @ 5.2V from a wall wart). I'm not sure if there are burners that will burn, or maybe just play off USB power. But I was limited in my selection by the need for Linux support. So there might be a world of technology out there that I'm missing.

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Avoid anything with a parallel port. USB is the way to go these days.

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- review pricing & # stars (recommendations) for USB external DVD/CD reader/writers. Or, as others have suggested, just buy one for every box. I bought one here for $17 (amazing! they can make any profit at that price). China dumping? anyone?

Best $17 I ever spent.

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I've never seen a parallel port DVD burner.

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Michael A. Terrell

CD writer, yes. Eg. HP 7200e, but that's probably more than a decade old.

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is $40.

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Michael A. Terrell

I have a couple parallel port CDROM drives, but the idea of using a parallel port for a DVD? It would be a very slow & painful process.

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Michael A. Terrell

"Jim Thompson" wrote in message news: snipped-for-privacy@4ax.com...

My laptop plays dvd/cds but will not record them

I bought a cheap cable that connects any type of parallel IDE drive (2.5",

3.5" and DVD drive) from Newegg for $20. Bought it originally to salvage files from a friend's dead laptop. Cable came with an external 5V/12V power supply for bigger drives. I keep an old DVD burner (that I rescued from a scrap pile), in the car and can now burn the occasional disk on the road. A bit cumbersome but does the trick. Oppie
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And why would that be? In this case, a parallel port moves 8 bits at a time compared with 1 for USB. The drive can cache as much as it wants and in a flat out race, USB would always loose.

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homey

But the transfer rate of the parallel port is ultimately limited by its clock rate, which for backwards-compatibility reasons is going to be limited to the clock rate of the original ISA bus, which was 8Mhz. ECP transfer mode could do something like 1.5 MB/s, which even USB 1.0 full speed easily beats.

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I'd think if the device driver writer knows his/her elbow from a hole in the ground, the parallel port could probably run at the speed of the internal data bus, which is what? 133 MBPS?

Thanks, Rich

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Do you mean IDE? I have 3 of those DVDs because they're older than SATA. The write speed is limited by the disk, not the interface. True parallel port --- I shudder to think of such a thing.

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Glenn Gundlach

Then you should have no problem showing where to buy them and to advise us which, of several hundred models is the best.

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Michael A. Terrell

An old fart like JT should get a Zip drive.

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ian field

When somebody said to avoid parallel drives, I think they must have meant IDE (Parallel ATA) not VIA parallel printer port.

Perhaps they were looking forward and thinking that PATA interfaces are becoming rare and being replaced by SATA interface devices.

But when you buy a $20 device do you need to plan to move it to newer computers that might not have a PATA port??

Most mainboards with SATA ports now also have at least one PATA port for the CD/DVD R/W drive.

Those PATA/SATA and SATA/PATA converters look like they might be handy in the future.

Lots of this ignores the point Jim made about EXTERNAL.

eSATA might be slicker for external drives, but it's not THAT hard to finagle a short IDE PATA ribbon cable out to the external drive either. ( With or without connectors )

Personally I prefer internal CD burners but some machines just don't have the bay space for them.

My desktop systems are compact enough that they need DVD R/W drives are 1/2 or 1/3 height made for laptops. Rather than spend the $40 to buy these low profile drives I might dig out my old IoMega external DVD burner.

You know, IoMega, the folks who did the Bernoulli Box removeable platter hard disks WAY back in the late 1970's and the Zip drives in the 80's...

Iomega's external DVD burners are a bit pricey but superb quality. Notice 8.5 Gig?

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Me too. A parallel port, by definition was the printer port. IDE/PATA is a bus.

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Michael A. Terrell

It's all about marketing.. Saving copper etc...

It's easy to convince people that a good method is not good by simply not implementing a faster version of it and instead, make a single wire system that uses less material and say it's better technology..

Sheep and lambs. what a herding., that's it!

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Jamie

While this is arguably true, in the case of USB they weren't just trying to replace some particular method, they were trying to consolodate lots of different interfaces into one: the legacy parallel ports, serial ports and PS/2 ports -- poof!, all USB these days. They also effectively created a new interface for battery chargers, although I don't think that was their intent. :-)

The smaller cable size isn't that big of a deal, but it is kinda nice. Especially these days now that USB is fast -- a USB 2.0 (480Mbps) is a real joy compared to some of the horrors like the SCSI ultra wide cables!

---Joel

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