My Gateway 6214 laptop's internal CD-DVD drive seems to be giving writing (and sometime reading errors). Now, very seriously considering external CD-DVD burner/reader. Leaning towards Iomega drive w/Nero software, in $60 to $80 price range.
Please feel free to submit your recommendations.
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Last edited by Frank-0-Video; 15th Mar 2010 at 17:18.
I recommend buying an external enclosure and getting a LG writer, that way if the LG goes bad you can buy a new one.
You can get an enclosure for $30 from Newegg or Frys, LG writers go for $25.
If you buy an enclosure and a burner, you will have two products. It means when technical problem appears, you have to figure out which one is malfunctioning. In that sense an all-in-one product is better. Actually, the external writer consist of an internal writer + USB adapter.
I've used both Samsung and LG, both are fine.
The only problem I had and still having so far, during last three years, is recognition of an external writer by PC as USB1 device, instead of USB2 (USB2 Enchanced); this is on three different laptops and both with Windows XP Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate. The error message you may get is something like "your device can perform faster if you connect it to USB2 port". If you ignore this message, the reading and burning speed will be very low.
Thanks to everyone for the replies.
I asked about Nero only because I've used their wav/mp3 audio file editor and liked it. If there are other audio file edtors that you know of, feel free to point them out.
I bought the slim Samsung dvd burner more than 6 months ago for my Asus EEE
it's selling right now for $44.99