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Help selecting a portable/external optical drive

Discussion in 'DVD/CDROM Drives' started by umar, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. umar

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    As optical drive of my laptop is not working well, i am thinking of buying an external optical drive.

    1. What brand is good?
    2. There are too many models.
    3. What things/features i should keep in mind in selecting an external optical drive?

    Thanks
     
  2. Tony D

    Tony D Super-Moderator Super Moderators

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    I'm not familiar with the various external optical drives. I would however look for one that is USB 3 compatible. Of course, look for both CD and DVD capabilities and ones that are able to write disks.
     
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    You can also replace the laptop optical drive but we would need the make and model of your laptop in order to find you one.
     
  4. umar

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    I think it is same model as given by Tony in his post-178196

    I shall try to replace/repair it when i buy a new laptop. I use this laptop for business purpose. There are laptop repair guys here but they are not reliable.

    @Tony D

    I also thought about features suggested by you. I have heard that some of these optical drives can be connected to tv also.

    What is Blue ray? (I think i know a bit about it) Should i look for it also?
     
  5. Plastic Nev

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    Blue ray is actually a reference to the blue or violet laser used to read and write to the blue ray disks, it has a much shorter wavelength than the ordinary red laser used on ordinary DVD or CD disks, that means a higher density of information can be put on the same physically sized disk. More about it here on Wikipedia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray

    So in essence any external drive that can handle blue ray as well as ordinary is a bonus.

    Nev.
     
  6. Tony D

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  7. umar

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    Please check attached images and suggest which optical drive should i buy. None is Windows 10 compatible. Should i care much? How could i use it on a Windows 10 machine, if i need.

    Blu-Ray Drive

    I could find Blu-Drive made by only Buffalo (I have never heard about this company before). Here is the review of this drive

    Front side of the box

    IMG-20151212-WA0006.jpg

    Back side of the box

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    Samsung Dvd Writer

    Front Side of the box

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    Back Side of the box

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    LG Dvd Writer

    Front Side of the box

    IMG-20151212-WA0010.jpg

    Back Side of the box

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  8. allheart55 (Cindy E)

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    I would go with LG or Samsung. They are all going to be Windows 10 compatible.
    The reason it says Windows 8 compatible is because the manufacturer's packaging hasn't caught up yet.
    If it works on 8, it should be fine on 10.
     
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    Although perhaps less known, Buffalo aren't too bad, I have one of their external hard drives and it has done well for over three or four years and not yet heard of anyone having a problem with them.
     
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    What is difference between Writer and ReWriter?
    Please check above photos. Which is only Writer and which one is ReWriter.
    I have found External Dvd ReWriter and Blu-Ray writer made by Asus also.

    Asus Dvd ReWriter

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    Asus Dvd ReWriter Specs

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    Asus Blu-Ray Writer

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    Asus Blu-Ray Writer Specs

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  11. Tony D

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    All of those will read and write disks CD's and DVD's. That second one will also read and write to Blu-Ray disks which have a larger capacity. I tend to stay away from Blu-Ray units because most computer don't have the capability to read Blu-Ray disks.

    When referring to the optical drives, the R stands for Read and the W stands for Write.
    When referring to the optical media, RW refers to the capability to re-write the disks. I don't care for RW because they sometimes have problems playing on computers or other devices other than the one that created the disk.

    It's a bit confusing.
     

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