External DVD Player Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chloe.gray, May 24, 2009.

  1. chloe.gray macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2009

    The CD/DVD player/slot is damaged on my MacBook Pro and I want to get an external player. I've found a list of seemingly good ones here:


    However, I want to make sure that this will also allow me to install new programs. I want it to function EXACTLY like the one that is already incorporated into my computer. I have no idea where to start or what to look for and would very much appreciate advice on this. Thanks!
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Any should work fine, both for reading and writing. OWC is a good brand, and you can use the case later if you want to go Blu-ray. Here's a good one - it has LightScribe, also, which I like at times: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MRBFW2SD22LS/

    I would recommend Firewire. Even if the DVD drive doesn't necessarily need the bandwidth, the daisy-chain ability is very handy. There are other advantages to Firewire over USB2.
  3. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    I use a external drive. It will allow you to burn cds / dvds with it, watch dvds and install programs including booting from system cds.

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