Solved Optical Drives in external enclosure?

November 25, 2011 at 16:42:37
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 2.793 GHz / 2047 MB
Hi

I just got a laptop and it does not have a LightScribe optical drive and I used LightScribe function to burn image on the disc in my desktop. I also burn a lot of DVDs and I was planning on using the internal drive less. I have sold the desktop but kept the Optical Drive since it was new. I wanted to know that can I use the optical drive in an external enclosure or should I get a proper external optical drive.

Will my current drive work fine in the enclosure? I burn a lot of DVDs (about 30 each month) so will it work properly or will it give any errors?


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November 26, 2011 at 19:42:10
I would just use the laptop drive. If you want it to last, don't use the label burning feature if available. Also, don't burn at the fastest speed and don't burn back to back disks without letting the unit cool down in between. Laptop burners are very compact and therefore can be prone to overheating.

You are worrying about something that may not even happen.

A USB external connection will be slower than your internal burner.



#1
November 25, 2011 at 17:03:25
As long as you have a proper external USB/Firewire case and a machine that can support some decent transfer-speeds, you should be fine. Examples below:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#2
November 25, 2011 at 17:37:40
There are optical drive enclosures available but the links below will not work. Why don't you want to use the internal burner in your laptop?

Lightscribe is just the ability of the burner to label the disk. Lightscribe is a trade name for that technology but other drives can also burn the label. Also, burning the label is not necessary and requires more expensive disks. Wears out the burner twice as fast too. There are other labeling options.


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#3
November 25, 2011 at 17:42:22
Might be easier just to get a new external usb that supports lightscribe.

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#4
November 26, 2011 at 07:04:33
I burn a great amount of disc and do not want to wear out my internal drive that is why i'm using external. My system supports supports decent speed and has USB 3.0. My friend used a desktop optical drive with an external enclosure and had errors while burning. His system was P3 1Ghz.

I have Dell 15R (N5110) with following specs:
i7 2nd Gen 2.0Ghz
6GB Memory
640GB HDD
GT 525 NVIDIA GRAPHICS.

So do you guys think that using an external enclosure would be fine or will it have errors while burning. This is what i'm worried about. Should I go with the enclosure and use my desktop Optical drive or should I get an external Optical drive by samsung? The enclosure would be cheaper then getting the external optical drive but I want good result and will spend on external drive if I have to.


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#5
November 26, 2011 at 09:26:08
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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#6
November 26, 2011 at 12:15:56
I have a IDE device. I'm not in the US so newegg is not for me. I am located in Pakistan. Good adapters are not available here that is why I was wondering of getting an Enclosure.

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November 26, 2011 at 19:42:10
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I would just use the laptop drive. If you want it to last, don't use the label burning feature if available. Also, don't burn at the fastest speed and don't burn back to back disks without letting the unit cool down in between. Laptop burners are very compact and therefore can be prone to overheating.

You are worrying about something that may not even happen.

A USB external connection will be slower than your internal burner.


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