Buying a DVD-RW Drive

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  1. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

    Shaun.P

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    Hey Guys,

    I don't know much about DVD-RW Drives and was wondering if you could recommend any external DVD-RW Drives for my eMac? Either USB 2 or Firewire is fine. I would prefer it to be very cheap. I've seen a Freecom one, but it doesn't say anything about supporting Mac OS X. I've also seen this.

    Secondly, my brother (who is 5) has a few DVDs and he doesn't particularly take care of them and most of them are scratched. I was wondering if it was possible to copy DVDs (such as Toy Story 2) using Toast 6 Titanium onto DVD disks? This would be helpful as it would protect the master copies of disks, meaning if he scratches any disks they'll only be copies.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Shaun.
    shaun.martinplanttransport.co.uk
     
  2. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    Lacie external DVD-RW drives are very nice and work well with makes. they usually also come bundled. they aren't that cheap, but you can find them at a good price.

    http://www.newegg.com
    http://www.pricewatch.com
    http://www.pricegrabber.com

    all good places to check out.

    to answer you question about toast just search the forums for "dvdbackup" and "mactheripper". google wouldn't be a bad place to search too. there are a lot of threads on that question.
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Another vote for a Lacie external DVD burner.
     
  4. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have changed my mind and decided I'm going to installed an internal DVD-RW. I have an eMac and I think I'm going to install the Pioneer 109. Is this one good?
     
  5. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    The Pioneer 109 is a great drive. I know it's going for under $50 US at newegg.com. I'm not sure what you can get it for in the UK..
     
  6. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    £40 -> $80. You Americans get everything so cheap :p.
     
  7. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, I've placed my order for a DVD-RW Pioneer 109 drive!

    Is it hard to get inside the eMac?
     
  8. Shaun.P thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do I need to update the fireware of the drive on a PC?
     

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