External burner?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Laure, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Laure macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2006

    I am using I g3 imac that doesn't have a burner, could anyone tell me what kind of external burner that I can get. I really feel I should be backing up some of my files. I'f like to find a "pre-owned" one on ebay of something but I don't know if I can just hook up any old burner or if it need to be mac compatible. Any ideas?????
  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    pretty much anything should work. what OS is it running - OS9 or X? for X you may need Patchburn (it's free) to make a driver for it so it work with Finder, iTunes etc (Toast will work with just about anything)

    xlr8yourmac.com has an extensive database of drives that people have tried, although it can be a confusing to work thru the vast number of reports on there
  3. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    Go with a Firewire 400 External DVD-R if your iMac has firewire. Otherwise get a really cheap usb 1.1 CD-R burner (I don't think usb 1.1 dvd ones exist).
  4. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
  5. Sly macrumors 6502


    Nov 30, 2003
    Airstrip One
    Don't bother with an iomega USB CD/RW there are no drivers available for anything above OS 9.1 and it dosn't work with Toast either. OS X 10.2.8 & 10.3.9 will read from it but not write 10.4 won't play at all.
  6. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    I`ll never buy a second hand optical or hard drive. These things have a very short life and that too depends greatly on usage and maintainence. Better buy a new one. And dont worry for the latest 16x. Anything over 6x will be just fine.(Assuming that you dont intend to make dozens of dvd every day.) In any case 16x media is also very costly as compared to 4x or 8x one.
  7. rickvanr macrumors 68040


    Apr 10, 2002
    I wouldn't buy from a company, it'll be very expensive, and no more reliable then a build it yourself model.

    If you have FireWire buy an internal DVD-/+R of your choice. They're really inexpensive right now, ~$50 CDN will get you a top notch Pioneer drive. Then go and buy a FW 5.25" enclosure, usually around $30-40 CDN, plug the two together, and then plug it into your mac. I've made two before, and they work like a charm.
  8. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2005
    Totally build external devices yourself. You'll save money AND you get to pick the components that go into the external! This said, I think a G3 imac will handle an external hard drive for backups better than it will a dvd burner.. G3s and dvd burners will work together, but I've had problems with hicupping and failed burns in the past. Also with a hard drive you're not as limited by the size of the media and copying files over to an hd is faster than burning to optical.

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