external dvd drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by gooser, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. gooser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    looking at the external dvd drives that owc has for sale and i only see one that is still supported by firewire. i would like to hook up an external drive to whatever machine i am using to keep from wearing out any of my internals. my needs are
    1. copying cd's using toast
    2. ripping dvd's using ripit and mac the ripper
    3. importing cd's into itunes.
    will an external dvd burner be able to satisfy all three of these needs? thanks.
  2. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Yes. An external drive will do all of those things.
  3. gooser thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    well my drive showed up today and you were right. but i got more. i've read that apple's dvd player will not work with externals but it does with this one. cool.
  4. jrsx macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2013
    Tacoma, Washington
    Score! May I ask which one you bought? :D
  5. gooser thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2013
    it's listed as owc mercury pro 800/400 + usb3 multidrive. the application dvd player works on a 1.25ghz imac and a 1.33 ibook both running 10.4 and a 2.13ghz macbook running 10.6. dvd player just launches when i insert a dvd. just like the internals. i use firewire 400.
  6. pcfast macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2013
    I was considering getting an external dvd reader/burner too. Was just thinking of getting one that is generic though.

    Anyone have experience with usb dvd drives with PPC Macs?
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I've found that DVD Player will often work with an external optical drive. This spans from Jaguar through Mountain Lion on a few different Macs.
  8. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Same here. I have only had one external drive where DVD Player did not want to cooperate with.

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