Question about piecing together an external dvd-rw

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  1. Pineapple Devil

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    since you can get dvd-rw's for cheap now, i was thinking of buying a cheap internal and making it external w/ an enclosure.

    my question is, the drives say they are for pc but some of the external enclosures work on mac. do you think there would be a problem combining a pc burner w/ a mac external enclosure?
     
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    uh. didn't we already cover this?
     
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    The internal DVD burner I bought for my G4 was an OEM Pioneer DVR-107D (I think that's what the model was) from NewEgg, and it wasn't exclusively designed for Macs. It works fine for me. However, if you're going to be doing a lot of burning, AND you're using Toast, check their compatibility chart on their site (www.roxio.com) to make sure the burner you're going to buy is compatible. It may be compatible with the Mac OS, but compatibility with Toast may be another story. Ironically, the DVD-R/W drive I bought is the same exact model used in the G5, albeit almost $100.00 cheaper.

    This is also the case for hard drives, whether they're IDE or SATA. Basically, a drive is a drive, unless the drive's firmware is explicitly made for certain types of computers, but you rarely see this with drives for the consumer market. The only time I've seen this is for some 10K RPM SCSI IBM-brand drives that were only for use in their eServer computers.

    If you're gonna go external, GO FIREWIRE. IMHO, you simply can't beat the performance for the low CPU utilization it uses.

    Hope this helps.
     
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