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    Hi, need to purchase an external DVD burner to archive data. Any recommendation??
    Thanks.

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    Sony DRU-800A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helm
    Hi, need to purchase an external DVD burner to archive data. Any recommendation??
    Thanks.
    I'd suggest you get an external housing for a CD/DVD drive mechanism and you can use any burner you like. They're not expensive and you get the advantage of being able to upgrade the mechanism when technology and speeds improve, as they surely will. The 'branded' external burners are not usually upgradeable.

    If you shop at SLS, have a look at what Storage Studio has to offer.

    I'd prefer a Firewire housing but the high speed USB 2.0 ones have also worked ok for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahheng
    I'd suggest you get an external housing for a CD/DVD drive mechanism and you can use any burner you like. They're not expensive and you get the advantage of being able to upgrade the mechanism when technology and speeds improve, as they surely will. The 'branded' external burners are not usually upgradeable.

    If you shop at SLS, have a look at what Storage Studio has to offer.

    I'd prefer a Firewire housing but the high speed USB 2.0 ones have also worked ok for me.
    KH,

    If I want a device to store data from CF while travelling, what would you recommend? Much prefer to burn directly to CD/DVD rather than a hard disc such as the Epson 2990 or iPod.

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    There is one external casing that take either 3.5" HDD & 5.25" DVD/CD writer lor....also comes with firewire & USB.

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    benq 161i will do. And its the cheapest at ~$150
    external burners require usb2.0 to run.

    An external casing cost about $70 to $90 depending on the chipset as well as whether it had firewire or not. Firewire is basically similar to USB in that it transfer data, but because it can transfer a lot more data, it is usually used for video transfer. So external casing that have usb 2.0 and firewire can truly burn at 16x and perhaps more( but so far, no higher speed), while those on usb 2.0 can max out at 12x only.
    However, these devices are more for the hardware inclined because they might not work with certain motherboards, have power problems etc, etc. Then u have to factor in the cost of the Dvd writer which adds another $90- to $150.

    I do not recommend this unless u need that cutting edge technology.

    . Upgrade? from 16x to 24x? it will probably save u 3 mins of burning time..and in the process, u might get more coasters because of burning at high speed.

    So just buy a simple ready made external burner and it can last quite a few years already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by student
    KH,

    If I want a device to store data from CF while travelling, what would you recommend? Much prefer to burn directly to CD/DVD rather than a hard disc such as the Epson 2990 or iPod.
    Hi student,

    I am using the Digimate ... you may wanna check it or something similar like those OTG (On-the-go) stuffs out at SLS. It's very convenient for travelling as you do not need to lug along your notebook.

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...I-PLUS&cat=GDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royce
    Sony DRU-800A.
    Hi, I'm using a Sony DRU-720 in a USB2.0 housing. Problem is this drive doesn't seem to like "unbranded" DVD-R/RWs ... turn out "coasters"!. Not sure if it is the drive's problem. If you check out the web-site, SONY does recommend branded disk manufacturers for their drives!
    Last edited by catseye; 21st August 2005 at 05:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catseye
    Hi student,

    I am using the Digimate ... you may wanna check it or something similar like those OTG (On-the-go) stuffs out at SLS. It's very convenient for travelling as you do not need to lug along your notebook.

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...I-PLUS&cat=GDT
    Thanks

    Where is SLS? (Sim Lim Square?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by catseye
    Hi, I'm using a Sony DRU-720 in a USB2.0 housing. Problem is this drive doesn't seem to like "unbranded" DVD-R/RWs ... turn out "coasters"!. Not sure if it is the drive's problem. If you check out the web-site, SONY does recommend branded disk manufacturers for their drives!
    I don't use ubranded media. Never had one coaster from the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by student
    Thanks

    Where is SLS? (Sim Lim Square?)

    Yes...

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    benq writer. cheap and good hehe.

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    I am using Mitsubishi DVDRW4XDual DVD+/- and Asus DRW-1608P. You can read the link here...

    http://au.asus.com/products4.aspx?l1...15&modelmenu=1

    Kekeke, at the same time....just upgraded my Asus writer bios from V1.40 to V1.50

    Both using media with AZO dye

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    Quote Originally Posted by student
    KH,

    If I want a device to store data from CF while travelling, what would you recommend? Much prefer to burn directly to CD/DVD rather than a hard disc such as the Epson 2990 or iPod.

    The only one that I know of is the Roadstor Pro

    http://www.micro-solutions.com/produ...lit-401020.asp

    I do not know what the CF transfer rates actually are, maybe you can hunt down a review online - I think it's very important that you find this out, because a lot of the older CF to CD-ROM standalone burners were rather pokey in actual writing performance, more due to the slow CF to CD transfer speeds, than the actual max speeds the burner mechanisms were capable of.

    Not sure if you can actually buy it here (I don't keep track of these things unfortunately)

    Hmm, maybe ask around here some more or pop down to SLS or Funan and have a look. That or simply mail order the item. It'll likely come with universal voltage adaptation for the wall wart transformer (but you should ask) since it's meant for travel.

    Hey why don't you write Micro Solutions and find out if they have an agent in Singapore?
    Last edited by kahheng; 22nd August 2005 at 03:21 AM.

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