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.
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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- 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?
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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
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.
the pci bus might be at 133MHz, the parallel port is on an ~8MHz "ISA bus" emulated somewhere in the corner of an ic in the chipset
a parallel port doesn't really need much of a device driver, you write to a register and the data is output on the pins. you can write to it assembler if you like it still won't go any faster than few million writes a second
any who, just like real serial ports it is close to extinction and almost no new computers especially laptops have it
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?
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..