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Old August 10, 2009, 07:59 PM
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Anybody out there have much experience with external DVD burners?

Just picked up a netbook, and there's no way I'm going to go without backing up the OS onto a DVD.

Anything I should look out for, or do most of the available models offer much the same functionality?

I was looking at this one, mostly due to the lack of requirement for an AC adapter......

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung External Slim 8X DVD Writer USB 2.0 Blue - SE-S084B/RSLN In Canada.
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Old August 10, 2009, 08:47 PM
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The one you linked is a good external, I had my laptops DVD drive die about 4 months ago so I picked this up and it has worked very well since, I can burn a full DVD in about 20 minutes.
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Old August 10, 2009, 09:01 PM
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Thanks for the info. So far it's looking like my best option.

How does it get power? Is there a second USB connection?
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Hm, not sure what you mean by backing up the OS onto a DVD. If what I think is what you're talking about, just use a program like Acronis or Norton Ghost and create an image file.

You can also install Windows 7 by using a USB. How To Install Windows 7 from a USB Flash Drive - Install Windows 7 from a USB Key - Legit Reviews
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Thrugh the USB, one plug is enough to read but sometimes it will fail while burning without 2 plugs I beleive it came with a dual plug cable (I bought a USB powered external HDD at the same time so I dont know which I got the cable from).

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Hm, not sure what you mean by backing up the OS onto a DVD. If what I think is what you're talking about, just use a program like Acronis or Norton Ghost and create an image file.

You can also install Windows 7 by using a USB. How To Install Windows 7 from a USB Flash Drive - Install Windows 7 from a USB Key - Legit Reviews
by using a program like acronis or ghost and burning images to a file and getting the program to verify the data, it is much harder to corrupt the data on a DVD that is in a case not being used than a HDD that may fail from general usage for accessing other files.
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Old August 10, 2009, 09:12 PM
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Hm, not sure what you mean by backing up the OS onto a DVD. If what I think is what you're talking about, just use a program like Acronis or Norton Ghost and create an image file.

You can also install Windows 7 by using a USB. How To Install Windows 7 from a USB Flash Drive - Install Windows 7 from a USB Key - Legit Reviews
Just like any other laptop or pre-built, this has the option to back up the original media in order to restore it back to factory defaults if the hdd fails. Installing Windows 7 by USB key would defeat the entire purpose of this unit as I purchased it specifically as a Vista reference for work..... ;)
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Went through a few externals, that would error out while burning. All had no AC power.

Then I bought this one, on special at the time for 40$: Future Shop: Computer Add-Ons: DVD & Blu-ray Drives: LG 20X Super Multi External DVD Rewriter (GE20)

No problems ever since. AC power rules.
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Went through a few externals, that would error out while burning. All had no AC power.

Then I bought this one, on special at the time for 40$: Future Shop: Computer Add-Ons: DVD & Blu-ray Drives: LG 20X Super Multi External DVD Rewriter (GE20)

No problems ever since. AC power rules.

Thanks for the info. Since the main use is a low-end netbook, I was already a bit concerned about the power available through the USB bus. Your post put the icing on that concern.

Just pulled the pin on a different (AC powered) external Samsung, and a single stick of 2G PC2 5300.... :)
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My pleasure.

It's my goto burner when I need to backup a customer's data when I get THE call...
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Went through a few externals, that would error out while burning. All had no AC power.

Then I bought this one, on special at the time for 40$: Future Shop: Computer Add-Ons: DVD & Blu-ray Drives: LG 20X Super Multi External DVD Rewriter (GE20)

No problems ever since. AC power rules.
I own this one (I think its the same model) , I remember someone was selling one on here a while ago too. Got mine for $49 at futureshop about a year ago. I'd reccomend it, no problems with it since I bought it over a year ago.

I had an external dvd burner before it that I had to hit on the top to get it going sometimes . It was some no name grey one... not recommended.
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