Extrenal cd-rw recomendations please

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Extrenal cd-rw recomendations please

Postposted on Tue Jan 14, 2003 3:09 am

I'm buying an external cd-r/cd-rw. It has to be USB 1 compatable as most of my friends with broadband still have that. :D It dosent have to be blazingly fast since i'm quite patient. The cheaper the better, but i dont want to go to cheap where i start to sacrifice quality/features.

I need the drive to be able to write any kind of cd i throw at it other than dvds hehe.

Any recomendations with info would be GREATLY appreciated... i am *upgrading* from an internal philips cd-rw 404 :oops:
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Postposted on Tue Jan 14, 2003 3:36 am

With USB 1.0/1.1, you won't be able to get much of an upgrade from your current burner. I would suggest that you get a USB 2.0 burner and a PCI USB 2.0 card so that you can shuttle your burner to your friend's house. This way, you won't have to worry about someone not having a motherboard with built on USB 2.0 and you will be able to reap the added spead and features when you go with the faster 2.0 drive. Plus, I bet you will have a hard time finding decent USB 1.0/1.1 CDRW drives when most manufacturers are trying to phase out that technology in favor of USB 2.0 and/or firewire.
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Postposted on Tue Jan 14, 2003 4:02 am

i'm not worried about the speed upgrade though.... i just need the portability
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Postposted on Tue Jan 14, 2003 4:25 am

Liteon external CDRW? If I'm not mistaken.. they're backward compatible to USB 1.0
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Postposted on Tue Jan 14, 2003 9:37 am

Buy an external USB 2.0 drive cage from any number of online retailers for $50-60, slap any old IDE burner in it, and you're good to go. Everyone I've seen has been USB 1.1 backwards compatible. I tested the one I got on a USB 1.1 hub and it worked, albeit slowly.

I think the max write speed over USB 1.1 is going to be 4X, though. Get yourself a USB2.0 card for $25 so you can at least write at full speed on your main computer.
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Postposted on Tue Jan 14, 2003 10:19 pm

i already have usb 2.0... i'm on 56k though, so i'm getting an external so i can take it to my friends house where he has hardcore broadband. He only has usb 1... so it has to be backwards compatable. I already have a 4x internal drive... can anyone give me a better idea of what freon was talking about? I'm not sure i know what he means... but i kinda do. :oops:
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Postposted on Wed Jan 15, 2003 1:20 am

Well, to start with, USB2.0 is backwards compatible with 1.1 and 1.0. So, if you get a USB2.0 solution, which makes better sense in the long run, then you are good to go.
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