External USB 3.0 CD/DVD Drive?

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  1. therock

    therock Notebook Evangelist

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    Talk to me guys, whats out there that's proven? I see some flimsy cheap looking stuff and searches are not showing me anything most popular if you know what I mean.

    Thanks
     
  2. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Are you specifically looking for USB 3.0? I had assumed that external DVD drives had stayed at USB 2.0 because it was fast enough for the optical disc read / write speeds (Blu-ray might benefit from USB 3.0 speed).

    I've only got experience with the portable DVD drives but have had no problem with recent (~3 years) Samsung, LG and Liteon burners. Liteon, as a lesser known name, often provides best value. There was a time (10+ years ago?), however, when compatibility with drives and media was an issue.

    John
     
  3. therock

    therock Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks, if 2.0 over 3.0 is not a matter I guess not. I'll have to research but please let me know whats working for you.
     
  4. Phoenix

    Phoenix Colonel

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    I've been using this since 2 years, never failed me. It's an external Bluray Writed/Reader but it doesn't mention if it's USB 2.0 or 3.0

    MATSHITA BD-MLT UJ262

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    I got mine from HIDevolution when I purchased my prvious Clevo P870DM laptop and have been using it since then.

    I recently asked for a replacement cable and they sent me this new housing for it which includes the cable built in so you never lose it again......

    This is how it looks now:

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    although I can't find it for sale online anymore. I guess it was discontinued. but look for anything from Matshita/Panasonic they are pretty solid.

    Edit: Nevermind, the model I posted above has been replaced by this:
    Generic UJ-272 UJ272 9.5mm SATA 6X 3D Blu-ray Burner BD-RE BDXL DL Dual Layer Bluray Recorder Super Slim Internal Optical Drive Supports 100GB 128GB
    • 100% Brand New Bare Drive with Blank Box.
    • SATA interface, Tray loading, 9.5mm in height, with Black bezel.
    • Lets you read and write to Blu-Ray, DVD and CD media. The UJ-272 can write Blu-ray movies and data with up to 6x recording speed.
    • Generic Panasonic UJ-272. Supports BD-R XL 100GB, BD-RE XL 100GB 128GB
    • Support Windows98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win7/Win8, Support Mac OS 8.6 or more height.
     
  5. Starlight5

    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @therock no point going 3.0 in terms of data throughput, that's for sure. For power, single USB 3.0 port is still worse than 2x USB 2.0, but if you insist on not using y-cable for some reason, single 3.0 may make sense at small premium.
     
  6. kent1146

    kent1146 Notebook Prophet

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    Just buy a drive from a well-known brand. If you need me to name a few brands:

    Asus
    Sony
    Philips
    LG
    Panasonic
    Samsung
    Dell

    If you want to just keep it dead-simple, just go on Amazon, and find an external USB DVD/Blu-Ray drive from one of those brands; and has both a high review score, and a high number of submitted reviews.
     
  7. Starlight5

    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    FWIW used 12.7mm DVD-RW drives in good condition sell as low as $3.5; new USB 2.0 enclosure, be it SATA or IDE, is another $6.5.
     
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  8. pvthudson

    pvthudson Newbie

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    I got a Panasonic USB 3 Model SE-506. Blu/DVD/CD. It seems to do the job though I've only used it for occasional rips and burns a few times a month, not sustained playback. It's about as portable as you can get and seems reliable. Not sure I'd feel comfortable throwing it in a backpack or bag on a regular basis though, but for keeping on a shelf and plugging it into my laptop or desktop at home, it's good.

    Being that it's 2+ years old though, I'd imagine there is a newer/better model now.
     
  9. therock

    therock Notebook Evangelist

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    Great stuff guys. I just got back from Walmart and happened through the electronics section to find an LG Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer GP55EX70. Mfg Date 8/2017.
    After the fact I just read horrible reviews on the LG site it but its plug and play on mine and its first job was to install Photoshop and it went very well.

    Thanks Guys
     
  10. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    I use a slot loading DVD/CD drive from LG. Works in flat or perpendicular positions
     
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