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Nov 28, 2004, 06:15 PM
can anyone recommend an external DVD burner that works well with OS X? Specifically, one that intergrates well with the iLife programs. Thanks

Nov 28, 2004, 06:24 PM
You'll need a hack (http://homepage.mac.com/geerlingguy/mac_support/mac_help/pages/15-burn_idvd_other.html) to get iDVD to "see" external burners.

I am very, very happy with my LaCie d2 16X dual-layer external burner, which comes with Toast 6 Titanium, all for $199 at the Apple Store. Same front size as all d2 drives, about 50% deeper than the "normal" d2 drives (fits nicely on the LaCie desktop rack with my 120GB and 250GB LaCie d2 externals).

Nov 28, 2004, 07:32 PM
I also recommend LaCie as well. I have D2 8x (Pioneer inside) and so far it is flawless.

Nov 28, 2004, 08:47 PM
Does anyone know anything about those thin-looking Plextor DVD burners? Thanks!

Nov 29, 2004, 12:17 AM
Plextor is crap, does not like Mac apps at all and eats discs
go with the La Cie Drive

Nov 29, 2004, 03:11 AM
I also recommend LaCie as well. I have D2 8x (Pioneer inside) and so far it is flawless.

See above.

Talking Donkey
Dec 19, 2004, 04:07 PM
Does anyone know if the LaCie drives will work on a G3?

I'm using a G3 iBook 700MHz with 256MB Ram.


Dec 20, 2004, 08:33 AM
I got the LaCie Porsche design 16x dual layer burner (couldn't get the regular LaCie over here and it was cheaper...) and it works really well!

Feb 3, 2005, 02:59 PM
i was thinking of buying one of the 16x lacie drives

are they worth it?

has anyone had any problems with burning etc

also are there any solid, reliable external drives for under 100

Feb 10, 2005, 11:08 PM
how about the Sony external DVD burner, is it compatiable with the Mac ibook?

Feb 11, 2005, 01:12 AM
Has anyone tried the litescribe on the new lacie burners?

Mar 1, 2005, 08:09 AM
The Lightscribe burners aren't out yet but I definitely have my cash set aside for one. They look like such a neat idea.

On topic, the LaCie's are pretty much made for the Mac so I'd recommend them as an external burner. Plus, the cases look really cool.

Mar 1, 2005, 08:43 AM
Has anyone tried the litescribe on the new lacie burners?

Can't wait for LightScribe either... I'm only hoping Apple will add that feature to all computers in their next rev. Imagine burning a CD with iTunes and having album arts + tracks written on the label, or making a movie and then having a label made from the main menu/title image (or something). It would be perfect for laptops too (no need to carry extra hardware).

Artful Dodger
Mar 1, 2005, 10:22 AM
Hello, if you look at my other post on the LaCie there is some info that I got from LaCie and some cd/dvd manfs. about the type of disc you need.
The burner won't be out untill mid March and as LaCie's web page says they are taking pre-orders.

Artful Dodger, I had planned on buying one of the LaCie lightscribe external burners in the near future, but you mentioned something that caught my attention. Are there only certain blanks that are compatible with the lightscribe capability? I *assumed* any blank without a surfce design would have done the trick, but I guess not. Thanks!

Yes only certain media will work, TDK, HP (it's their drive in it), Verbatim and only the "+" R media since none of the companies are making any other media as of yet. This was from about 3 or 4 e-mails to different companies that were given to me by LaCie. Also the discs are of a gray scale "etched" quality when burned.
You will have to look for the Lightscribe logo on the side of the dvd/cd cake packs or what ever they pack them in.
Hope this helps.

Mar 1, 2005, 11:08 AM
I will be happy when dual-layer discs aren't such a ripoff!

(it's only a matter of time though-)