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ninjamini
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:29 pm    Post subject: Superdrive vs external DVD burner Reply with quote

I am at odds w/myself. I have some Best Buy gift cards that will more than buy me a computer. Here is my delima...They dont sell one with a Superdrive. So if I get one there I'd have to go external dvd burner.

The plus:
Get a dual layer.
Move it around from computer to computer.
Use Best Buy gift cards for the whole thing. AKA nothing out of pocket.

The Minus:
Not internal - another box - another cable.
cash out of pocket.
cant use mac software to burn to the drive - although I did read there was a patch for this.


Any thoughts one way or another???
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could buy the mini with your gift cards and upgrade the drive yourself. Do you have enough to buy both the external burner and mini with your gift cards? What external burners are you looking at? Now you got me curious ...off to Bestbuy.com Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either:
$159 - Hewlett-Packard 16x External Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive with LightScribe Labeling Model: dvd640e

-or-

$189-$30MIR - Sony 16x External USB 2.0 and i.LINK (IEEE 1394) Double-Layer DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive Model: DRX-720UL/T


Only thing is the the HP does not say mac compatable but I prefer it cuz of the lightscribe. Although I dought I could use it with the mac. Probeble software wont run.

Sony comes w/ toast 6 lite.

I dont know if I'd upgrade the cd burner myself. Its not that I feel that I cant (i rip computer apart all the time). I just dont think I would. Although the thought of a 60gb 7200 rpm drive has some draw for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Plextor PX-716UF looks good for $219.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other World Computing, http://www.macsales.com , has the Pioneer DVR-109 in two different external enclosures for $149.85 and $159.95
(both come with software and blank media)

Mercury enclosure, $159.99
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MRFWU2D109/

Neptune enclosure, $149.99
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/NPFWD109/
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have Best Buy gift certificates then buy the mini without the super drive. You can add an internal superdrive or have someone else do it for you. There is a company that you can mail it away to. They will remove your drive and apply the credit towards a superdrive. Google search it.

If you don't mind an external solution Lacie is a good choice. I don't think Best Buy carries it though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
If you have Best Buy gift certificates then buy the mini without the super drive. You can add an internal superdrive or have someone else do it for you. There is a company that you can mail it away to. They will remove your drive and apply the credit towards a superdrive. Google search it.


Other World Computing.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/mac-mini/
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