External Firewire DVD drive recommendations sought

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Naimfan, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Naimfan macrumors 68040

    Naimfan

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    All--

    My son's 1GHz eMac's combo drive appears to have failed. I contacted a couple places to get an estimate on replacing it, and nearly choked. . .

    So I'm in the market for an external Firewire DVD drive. If it is a burner, fine, if it is just a combo and (substantially) cheaper, that's also fine.

    I've had good luck with LaCie and am inclined to go with this one:
    http://www.maczone.com/cgi-bin/zones/site/product/index.html?id=13214269

    Are there any reasons not to get this one or to get a different LaCie? Cheaper is generally better (I know, hard to believe with LaCie), but if there is a good reason to spend more I will.

    Thanks in advance!

    Bob
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

    homerjward

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    is your son's emac out of warranty? if so, you might consider replacing it yourself, for just the cost of the drive (around $50 for a pioneer 109 or 110 [109 is what's in current emacs; 110 is its replacement]) otherwise i'd recommend getting one of the aforementioned drives and a firewire case and building it yourself. you could get the parts at http://www.newegg.com. lightscribe drives are really cool, but a lacie drive (the only mac-compatible lightscribe drive i know of) would be fairly expensive.
    edit: your link redirects to the place's homepage.
     
  3. zakatov macrumors 6502a

    zakatov

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    You can always just buy an internal DVD burner and a 3.5in FW enclosure and put one in the other. A lot cheaper, though not as pretty as native external burners.
     

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