External super drive

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  1. Lizziejh macrumors member

    Lizziejh

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    I am looking to buy an external USB drive so I can record cd's for playing in the car and am looking for recommendations please. UK - thanks
     
  2. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much anything should work. I got a Memorex unit when my Apple superdrive started eating DVD's (ugh). LG makes a number of different external DVD burners, and there are plenty of other brands. For your usage, I don't think you need to be especially picky.
     
  3. Lizziejh thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, the thing is I have an Apple superdrive but it plays up, sometimes it writes disks, then it writes a couple of tracks and freezes. It also plays up and I can't eject the disk. I'm sending it back to Amazon for a refund, and don't feel inclined to spend so much on another drive.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    DO NOT buy Apple's SuperDrive. It's overpriced and underwhelming.

    Instead, look for a 3rd-party USB DVD/CD burner. You should be able to find something for $30+/-. You might want to consider a drive that burns "M-DISCs", as well.

    I happen to like Samsung burners.
    The one I have is actually a BluRay/DVD/CD burner ("506" series).
    They cost more, however.
     
  5. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    Samsung make a nice small usb dvd drive which we buy in at work for like £13.

    samsung are great plus they will work with android tablets/tv boxes too (just not with commecial discs only ur own in android)
     
  6. Lizziejh thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks again, I'll take a look at Samsung drives
     
  7. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    I have this. The pricing must fluctuate some, as mine was $24. I've not had any issues with it over what I would guess to be around 3-ish years of ownership, and it gets the job done. (Obviously, like other DVD burners, it won't work properly if plugged into an unpowered hub - but it works fine when plugged into a powered USB hub.)
     
  8. elf69 macrumors 68000

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  9. Lizziejh thread starter macrumors member

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  10. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    yes it works as burner too.

    even with ipad/iphone/android but I have not yet tried this feature.

    it will play and burn DVDs AND CDs
     
  11. Lizziejh thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, great thank you.
     

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