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DVD Writer - External or Internal? Any Recommendations?

by jackandjlin / March 29, 2008 9:43 AM PDT

I have a 2005 Dell Dimension 5150C with Windows XP . It has a CDRW/DVD drive (Philips SCB5265). I want to get a DVD writer & am not sure if I should get an external or internal writer. Which is best? Which is easiest? And which do you recommend? Please, please help me.

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From what I see
by lacsr / March 29, 2008 9:24 PM PDT

That is a small forum factor PC. While it came with a DVD as an option, it seems unless you buy the unit expressly made for the SFF case, it would be much easier to use an external drive. If you do buy the internal, here is how you install it.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5150C/en/sm/parts1.htm#wp1075764
High speed USB (2.0) would give you close to internal speeds, so assuming you do not want to go the internal route, I see no real reason to be concerned.

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I have both. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 29, 2008 11:08 PM PDT

I kind'a like the external more as I can use it on different machines. Portable is nice. I also prefer building my own. Get a good external case and pick your own drive.

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If you have the space &
by Noobie Tuesday / March 30, 2008 4:14 AM PDT

If your power supply can handle the extra load then go internal
if not external is just fine

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If you really don't need external....just replace the
by VAPCMD / March 30, 2008 1:05 PM PDT
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