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External DVD Drives

Dec 11, 2005 3:48PM PST

Hello everyone,

I need a DVD drive because I have all these DVDs that I can't use without a DVD drive.

I can't use a internal drive because there is no more room on my computer.

I don't need a DVD burner but I have found that most of the external DVD drives are burners.

I want to know if there are any external DVD drives that aren't very expensive.


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Dec 11, 2005 9:03PM PST

With DVD recorders being 35 to 39 bucks and a housing you can do this from newegg or other.

Also, you can replace the CDRW drive with the new drive and save the cost and hassle of the external drive.

-> I'd replace the internal drive.


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me too
Dec 11, 2005 10:44PM PST

I'd replace the internal drive with a Dual Layer DVD+/-RW drive. It will work with all the major media types.

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External DVD Drives
Dec 12, 2005 2:45PM PST

I can't replace the internal drive because I have a dell optiplex that has an unusual CD drive and has Mini PCI ports because It is designed to be thin and have the CD drive sideways

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Unusual like this one?
Dec 12, 2005 8:20PM PST
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Just like it
Dec 13, 2005 2:14PM PST

The drive is just like one you would find on a notebook


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Dec 13, 2005 3:37PM PST

I already have a Notebook DVD ROM drive but it has a different connector than a desktop one.

And if it would help I have a dell optiplex 260 series

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What they do 99.99% fo the time...
Dec 14, 2005 12:29AM PST

Is to put a laptop to IDE adaptor on the drive. It only looks different until I pull off the adapter and put it on the new drive.


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True, but quite slow...
Dec 15, 2005 8:52PM PST

... and also not so easy to find if write speed does matter. Notebook DVD-RW's for 80 bucks are just too lame. Couldn't actually find a 16x write 4 x DL write notebook drive at all.
Ah, guy doesn't need a writer. Sorry. Then a $79 Panasonic UJ-815-B (8 x read, also writes at 2 x, no DL) would probably do (at some Yahoo store).
I recently bought an unused factory sealed Toshiba DVD - read only for $15 (well, on eBay) for my daughters old notebook.
Even if there is no built in connector, a converter can be found (or just cut the wires, one needs just 5 Volts ant data)

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Can't find one
Dec 17, 2005 2:27PM PST

Where do you buy a Laptop to IDE adaptor?

And, what are they also called?

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Many places.
Dec 17, 2005 11:35PM PST

I've seen them at newegg and However your drive has one you can remove and reuse.


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I don't already have one
Dec 18, 2005 1:10PM PST

I have another adaptor on the drive but it is different.

The old CD drive has a normal IDE port but no other ports.

There is a adaptor on the drive that adds a power supply and a audio port but there is no Laptop to IDE adaptor on the drive.

I am planning to buy one before christmas.

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What is the issue here?
Dec 18, 2005 11:38PM PST

The online stores have the adapters but I bet there will be no audio out on the adapter (mine doesn't). I won't hunt down the exact link for you since you can do that.



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Dec 15, 2005 9:13PM PST

If your MB has a seperate SATA/RAID connection, you can install another drive there

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I bought one but it still doesn't work
Jan 7, 2006 9:51AM PST

I bought one of the adaptors. It fits onto the drive but not onto the computer!

Can I use another computer on my network that has a DVD drive and access it through the network?