|The link below is a very versatile adapter that can connect ANY 2.5, 3.5, 5.25 hard or optical drive to USB. I have one of these and it works great.|
The only downside I can think of is the wiring is not as neat as an enclosure. That is more than offset by the fact it can connect pretty much any drive you may encounter. Eventually you may need to connect an internal hard drive to another computer to recover or transfer files. This device can do that. The price is less than an external 5.25 enclosure. Plus, you didn't mention if your burner is IDE or SATA. This device can connect either one.
As far as having errors go, virtually all modern burners have the technology that doesn't allow the buffer to run empty. When that happens you will burn a coaster. Also, trying to burn at the maximum rate the disks are rated at can sometimes cause errors.