External dvd burner for my iBook. Advice needed.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by AuburnTiger, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2005
    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.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2004
    Lacie is always a good place to start they even bundle some of there hardware with burning software. Here is a link.


    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...
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I have a relatively cheap LaCie burner on my Christmas wish list (but it's this one 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. :)
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2005
    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
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2002
    Mid Atlantic
    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 And Toast is up to v. 7.0.1 - so the software that comes with that burner is a little out of date.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...
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2005
  7. macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2002
    Mid Atlantic
  8. macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    You can use virtually any DVD burner that you want, along with PatchBurn. I would suggest to use Toast 7. Apparently there's a sale going on posted here
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2005
    If I buy a desktop dvd burner, but it has a firewire connection, can I use it with my laptop?
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2005
    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
  11. macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2002
    Can I use an external DVD burner that is USB 2.0 instead of Firewire for my G5 PowerMac?

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