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netbook owners what are you using for a external dvd drives?

just need one to play not necessary to write.

really i'd like to have one that doesn't sound like a jet when it spins up a dvd to play

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just need one to play not necessary to write.

really i'd like to have one that doesn't sound like a jet when it spins up a dvd to play
Other than having to carry around an external DVD drive and usb cable, the noise is one of the other reasons I got rid of my netbook and got a REAL ultraportable laptop instead...same size as a netbook with a lot more functionality. NOW...to answer your question...Frys, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Microcenter, CompUSA, Ebay, or even Craigslist is a good place to look for external USB powered DVD drives. I doubt in this day and age you can find one NEW that isn't a Double Layer DVD+-rw burner, and for a few more bucks you can even get one that is slot loading (no tray to break). I've seen em advertised multiple times for about 30-50 bucks..or on Ebay you can use BUY IT NOW with free shipping and get one for prolly 20 bucks. They pretty much all use the same mechanism (NEC or Panasonic/Matsushita).

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I picked up the cheapest one I could find at Fry's, I wanna say they all make the jet sound as they spin up. Hell even my desktop does that. Don't use it to often so it's never really been a problem.




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I use my old XBox HD-DVD drive. Figure I might as well get some kind of use out of it.

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I use my old XBox HD-DVD drive. Figure I might as well get some kind of use out of it.

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Other than having to carry around an external DVD drive and usb cable, the noise is one of the other reasons I got rid of my netbook and got a REAL ultraportable laptop instead...same size as a netbook with a lot more functionality. NOW...to answer your question...Frys, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Microcenter, CompUSA, Ebay, or even Craigslist is a good place to look for external USB powered DVD drives. I doubt in this day and age you can find one NEW that isn't a Double Layer DVD+-rw burner, and for a few more bucks you can even get one that is slot loading (no tray to break). I've seen em advertised multiple times for about 30-50 bucks..or on Ebay you can use BUY IT NOW with free shipping and get one for prolly 20 bucks. They pretty much all use the same mechanism (NEC or Panasonic/Matsushita).
yea i've got a nice laptop but the netbook is easier to travel with! thanks for the help



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I picked up the cheapest one I could find at Fry's, I wanna say they all make the jet sound as they spin up. Hell even my desktop does that. Don't use it to often so it's never really been a problem.
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That's a dang good idea.





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just need one to play not necessary to write.

really i'd like to have one that doesn't sound like a jet when it spins up a dvd to play
I know this would be more difficult, but if you have the HDD space, you could install Daemon Tools Lite and make copies of your flicks/progs(ISO) and mount them w/ the virtual drive you created via DTL.

Technically, you wouldn't have to do that for your flicks but you get the concept. You could also invest in a 32Gig flash/small portable HDD drive or several smaller FDD's. They're rather cheap these days.

Just "thinkin out loud." Hope it helps.





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The Velocity Micro USB drive I picked up for my netbook had the NEC drive go out on me. I picked up a used internal Blu-Ray/DVD Burner combo drive with the same interface and installed it in the USB case I had. Works great for data, but unfortunately neither my Dell M1210 or my Sony TX has the video hardware to play back Blu-Ray, and SO FAR I don't know if my Macbook Pro can play them or not until Apple decides to support Blu-Ray or I decide to install Win 7 on it.

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The Velocity Micro USB drive I picked up for my netbook had the NEC drive go out on me. I picked up a used internal Blu-Ray/DVD Burner combo drive with the same interface and installed it in the USB case I had. Works great for data, but unfortunately neither my Dell M1210 or my Sony TX has the video hardware to play back Blu-Ray, and SO FAR I don't know if my Macbook Pro can play them or not until Apple decides to support Blu-Ray or I decide to install Win 7 on it.
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