Ext or Int DVD RW?

  snowy30 01:46 12 May 2007

I'm in the process of buying a DVD ReWriter for my computer, but I cannot decide whether to buy an internal or an external one. I have done some searching and know that internals are obviously cheaper, well they would be. And perhaps an external hard drive in addition.

So I thought I call on the army of knowledgeable PCA forum users for advice :o)

  Technotiger 06:28 12 May 2007

Hi, I would advise Internal CDRW and external USB Hard drive.

  Technotiger 06:30 12 May 2007

Also - if you have not already got it - Acronis True Image to back-up your entire system to the external hard drive.

  Technotiger 06:31 12 May 2007

Ooops DVDRW not CDRW!

  FatboySlim71 08:50 12 May 2007

I agree, you will be better with an internal DVDRW drive and an external hard drive. I agree with Technotiger's suggestion about backing your entire system up with Acronis. I have an external hard drive solely for this purpose, Acronis has saved by bacon a few times, its arguable the best backing up program around. I got Acronis TI 10 off of A m a z o n for around £25, it definitely the best £25 I have spent in a long time.

I will provide you with a couple of links below, one is for a review I wrote on an external hard drive that I own, and the other is for the Acronis True Image 10 forum. If you do decide to purchase Acronis TI 10 then this forum can be a fountain of questions and answers that you may have.

As far as dvdrw drives go, I have a NEC dvdrw drive, it has NEVER let me down, I have yet to put a brand of media into it that it would not write to, I can very highly recommend NEC drives.

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  snowy30 17:34 12 May 2007

Thx guys for your responses

  snowy30 17:52 12 May 2007

I was thinking of storing downloaded music and movies onto it

  Stuartli 18:28 12 May 2007

NEC optical drives are now part of Sony - in fact my latest Sony DVD rewriter, the GA170, is also sold as the new NEC model; reason was economy of manufacture as profit margins on such devices have dropped dramatically in recent times.

In fact my Sony is available for just under £20 - my second CD-RW drive, a TDK Cyclone, was £189 six years ago and although still working perfectly had to give way to allow DVD burning as well.

However, many optical drives are merely rebadged products of specialist manufacturers as in the case of my first rewriter, a Plextor rebadged as TDK, with the Cyclone being based on a Samsung model).

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