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I recently purchased a new laptop. I like it but it came without a DVD drive. So, I need an external drive. Without doing a ton of research into which one is best, I thought I'd tap into the knowledge base here. Anybody been through this? I want to be able to read/burn and install software. All of my programs are on dvd's so it would be nice to be able to install them through an optical drive. Thanks for any help/advice.

 

RAy

 

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I think years ago the brand and model were very important. I feel today that optical drives have become more of a commodity. I would buy from a reputable seller with a good exchange policy if you aren't happy. You could always search Amazon and read the reviews. They can be pretty telling.

 

FWIW, I used to own a small computer company. Back then the individual components to me were the key and I would cringe at the mention of 'DELL' or whatever. Nowadays I have completely changed my school of thought.

 

I'm sure someone will chime in here who disagrees but it is just my $.02

 

Steve

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Ray,

I agree with Steve. If you have the old laptop and it is dead you can remove the DVD drive and use it easily withy a 6 dollar USB to optical drive cable. I have one and they work fine for reading and burning if it is a burner to begin with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA90839G1727&cm_re=USB_to_Optical_drive-_-9SIA90839G1727-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2RB2FJ0545&cm_re=USB_to_Optical_drive-_-9SIA2RB2FJ0545-_-Product

 

To buy a new external Optical drive/burner new drive there are basically a gazillion out there. The going price is 19-$30. Newegg gets a lot of my biz for their usually free shipping but more for the great user reviews. So to choose read a bunch of reviews and then you will find one that does what you need.Here is a link to Newegg's page of optical drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=external+optical&N=-1&isNodeId=1

 

If you want to be able to burn CDs/DVDs then make sure it says it is a burner drive as some are only for reading disks not writing them.

 

Joel the reason most have not switched to USB 3.0 on optical drives is that the media burn is slow in any case. USB 2.0 can read anything on CD/DVD fast enough to play or install. Anyone making ;lots of duplicates needs a duplicator machine that cost hundreds if not thousands more.

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USB 2.0 can read anything on CD/DVD fast enough to play or install. Anyone making ;lots of duplicates needs a duplicator machine that cost hundreds if not thousands more.

 

I only use my USB 2.0 DVD drive for loading those few programs I own that are on DVD and not downloadable. It may be "fast enough" but it is pathetically slow!

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Me too. I only use USB 2.0 on my external DVD burners, my optical to USB adapter cable for them too, as I have two spare leftover laptop burners I salvaged from dead Win 7 systems.

 

Disks have gone the way of vinyl records and floppy drives because they are too slow today. And most folks use vegetable dye disk to write, so no real "permanent" solution unless we spend the big bucks for M Disks and the burners to burn them. They create physical pits in the plastic, like commercially produced disks and archival systems. I download programs and files or use USB 3.0 Flash drives for faster transfer between then. All my external hard drives cases and docks are 3.0. I am donating my USB powered hubs and other paraphernalia to Goodwill because my friends know better than to take a step backward, albeit cheap, even free. I can carry the mp3 rips of 2500 or so CDs on one 128GB flash USB drive. That is insane. All my Flash drives, both USB and SDXC micro card readers, are 3.0 too.

 

This one reads all SD cards both full size and micro, for about 5-7 bucks it's astoundingly handy. http://www.transcend-info.com/Products/No-396 The pic on the side shows its USB 3.0 end plugged into a laptop, and the SD card is inserted on the side slot.

 

What good is that? well when I have a tablet with the SD card slot filled already with a card containing my music and about 15GB of blank space for storing apps and pics, it makes it easy to take the SD card from my camera and load pics on the tablet with fussing with the one I leave in. Also my windows phone is in a case and the 64GB micro SD card slot is not easily accessible. I have USB micro to full size adapter 7 inch cables that work great.

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If you are going to have to buy a DVD drive anyway, I would suggest getting one that reads Blue Ray. That way, you can watch movies on it if you want.

blu ray drives require a program to read the codec in the blu ray disc since windows won't read it and that can get costly as well. I paid 80 bucks for the program that I use and it's not available any more. just something to think about

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I bought an LG drive from newegg a couple of years ago and I am happy with it it's fast buring large files and it's silent you don't even know it's running and it reads screwed up discs well to. for burning to blu ray I use a program called ashampoo you can download it for free and it's free to use.

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