USB or Firewire External DVD/CD Drive?

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  1. jazzer15 macrumors 6502

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    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but I wasn't sure of the best place for the question.

    I would like to buy an external DVD/CD burner for my Late 2009 iMac, but will be using it primarily for ripping my music collection to mp3. I will use it for burning DVDs and CDs on occasion, but the primary purpose is to rip CDs. I have done this a little with the internal super drive, but figure an external will do the job more quickly and quietly as well as preserve the internal drive.

    The question I have is whether there would be a big difference in speed, if any, if I bought a USB 2.0 drive rather than firewire (the firewire drive I was looking at is a Lacie drive that is FW 400). The USB drives I am considering are are from OWC, use either a Samsung or Pioneer drive and are somewhat less expensive (about $35-$50 less).
     
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    i'd go for firewire every time.

    LaCie is making good ODDs - had one for ages.
     
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  4. jazzer15 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for your responses. On a related but slightly different topic, if I decided not to buy an external, would the internal drive on my iMac be up to the task of ripping several hundred CDs? Or am I just asking for trouble?
     
  5. Detosx macrumors regular

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    Anything that reduces heat in a computer over a sustained period of heavy multitasking isn't a bad thing. Whatever the life expectancy of a current generation Superdrive, an external drive is cheap, especially if you buy a DVD drive and put it in a cheap USB enclosure (if sustained usage go for metal rather than plastic for quiet/heat exchange and, preferably, one that has a fan).
     
  6. Detosx macrumors regular

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    And there you go. PATA/IDE rather than SATA but good find/price. Thumbs up for the Oxford chipset, here. I went through a period of experimenting using external Firewire 400 drives as Mac boot drives and some Firewire chip sets couldn't handle it reliably. Those that used the Oxford chip sets worked every time.
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    SATA or PATA is irrelevant for it, either interface is way more than enough for CD or DVD burning.

    Comes with USB cable and FW400 cable.

    2009 iMacs only have FW800, so you will need a FW400 to FW800 cable -- unless you use USB.

    Id use FW myself.
     
  8. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    I need to find a bluray drive. Reader, not burner. External. I do have an internal SATA drive now I could use if I could find the right enclosure. But i'm not opposed to just buying an external drive.
    Most enclosures i'm looking at though seem to have poor reviews so i'm still shopping. Any recommendations?
     
  9. Detosx macrumors regular

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    Pointed up PATA/IDE aspect of the enclosure only because some people, assuming they have a recentish DVD writer, will perhaps find it is SATA.
     
  10. cube macrumors G5

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    For a fast Blu-Ray burner you need an FW800 enclosure. OWC sells one.
     
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  13. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    The reader I have is only 4x
     
  14. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    And to be running Windows.
     
  15. Detosx macrumors regular

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    My experience with some of the better reviewed name brand enclosures has been poor, largely. The difference as compared to cheap brands, though, is when they died, outside of warranty, I was still able to write to the companies concerned and get replacements within a couple of days and without charge. Try that with the no name cheapos. Sorry to almost wholly cop out on your question but as I haven't purchased a DVD enclosure in the last eight months or so, so I would check out the customer reviews at newegg and amazon, also for Blu-ray drives. I am sure you will have read up on the software issues of Blu-ray playback under OS X.
     
  16. cube macrumors G5

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    You don't need Windows to read BD disks, just to play BD movies properly.
     
  17. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    Not interested in playback. Just ripping. I do it now on my PC/hackintosh but i'll get an imac soon so i'll just do it there.
     

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