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AuburnTiger
Nov 27, 2005, 09:16 PM
Hello everyone! First time poster here.

I have an iBook, and I would like to purchase an external dvd burner for it. I think my iBook could handle it, it's only a year old and has 768mb of RAM. I'm looking to spend $150 or less on one. Now, I was browsing Best Buy's website and all of the requirements seem to say you have to be running Windows. Obviously that's a problem.

So what do you guys recommend? I'm hoping to copy some of my dvds, specifically my tv show boxsets. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. Oh yeah, could someone name a good burning software? Thanks.



alexstein
Nov 27, 2005, 09:27 PM
Lacie is always a good place to start they even bundle some of there hardware with burning software. Here is a link.

Lacie (http://www.lacie.com/products/family.htm?id=10008)

Some People had good luck with some Pioneer DVD-RW drives. I can't remember which one though.

..and there is always the option of upgrading to a superdrive...

Mitthrawnuruodo
Nov 27, 2005, 09:38 PM
I have a relatively cheap LaCie burner (http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore?productLearnMore=TF126) on my Christmas wish list (but it's this one (http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore?productLearnMore=TE777) I really want, even if it's only bundled with Toast 6)... ;)

I had an older LaCie burner on loan, but had to give it back recently. It was a really reliable burner, never made a coaster that wasn't my fault (ok, it may have made one, but still... ;)). Highly recommended.

Try and get Toast 7 bundled (unless you already own it). Invaluable. :)

AuburnTiger
Nov 27, 2005, 09:43 PM
Will these programs be able to copy my dvds ok?

Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.2, Easy Media Creator 7, DVDMax Player, Toast Lite 6.0 and 5.2.2

Those are the ones that come with the model I'm thinking of getting. It's only $128

GraphicUmp
Nov 27, 2005, 09:53 PM
Will these programs be able to copy my dvds ok?

Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.2, Easy Media Creator 7, DVDMax Player, Toast Lite 6.0 and 5.2.2

Those are the ones that come with the model I'm thinking of getting. It's only $128

Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.2, Easy Media Creator 7 and DVDMax Player are all PC programs. Not Mac.

Toast Lite 6.0 and 5.2.2 will work, but without the enhanced features of Toast Titanium. And Toast is up to v. 7.0.1 - so the software that comes with that burner is a little out of date. Sounds like an awful lot of money for a burner that comes with software that's well over a year old...

AuburnTiger
Nov 27, 2005, 09:55 PM
But I could update online, no?

GraphicUmp
Nov 27, 2005, 10:02 PM
But I could update online, no?

You can update Toast Lite 6.0 to Toast Lite 6.1. That's it.

Here's the feature comparison between Toast Titanium 6 and Toast Lite 6:
http://www.roxio.com/en/products/enterprise_solutions/toast/product_comparison.jhtml

neocell
Nov 27, 2005, 10:15 PM
You can use virtually any DVD burner that you want, along with PatchBurn (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/25100). I would suggest to use Toast 7. Apparently there's a sale going on posted here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=163849&highlight=toast)

AuburnTiger
Nov 27, 2005, 10:21 PM
If I buy a desktop dvd burner, but it has a firewire connection, can I use it with my laptop?

sarcoptic
Nov 28, 2005, 10:21 AM
Yep that should work fine....currently I am using a normal Benq internal burner (DW-1640) inside a Plumax enclosure...total cost was around 70 bucks for enclosure and burner....toast 7 works great with this setup

sphereboy
Jan 12, 2006, 10:21 PM
Can I use an external DVD burner that is USB 2.0 instead of Firewire for my G5 PowerMac?