Posted 3rd Jan 2022
Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced external dvd drive for a new windows 11 laptop please?

I'm exploring the possibility of using a laptop to burn dvds instead of buying a new desktop.

There seem to be some very mixed reviews out there!

Thanks in advance
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tardytortoise03/01/2022 13:16

Point number 1 - you have consumer rights so buy one from any retailer …Point number 1 - you have consumer rights so buy one from any retailer that is convenient to you. You have more rights if you buy online and its always best to use a credit card. So overly worrying about reviews is not worth it.Point number 2 - USB sticks have a greater capacity than DVD.Point number 3 - Cloud storage can be effective and efficient.Point number 4 - when buying laptops make sure you buy something that satisfies all your needsPoint number 5 - I have an external DVD drive I bought ages ago - never use it any more but I'm sure it still works, like the external floppy drive should I ever need it.


With all due respect you seem to have missed the point of the OP’s post. I’m assuming they didn’t want a debate on the merits of a USB stick or cloud storage vs optical storage, they wanted a recommendation for a model or brand of DVD writer to buy because they stated they want to burn some discs. Pretty sure you can’t use a USB stick to burn a DVD or rip a CD.
Edited by: "Haircut_100" 3rd Jan
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    Check ebay for biggest sellers


    Mine was a fiver delivered and works perfectly but that was a year ago
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    Point number 1 - you have consumer rights so buy one from any retailer that is convenient to you. You have more rights if you buy online and its always best to use a credit card. So overly worrying about reviews is not worth it.
    Point number 2 - USB sticks have a greater capacity than DVD.
    Point number 3 - Cloud storage can be effective and efficient.
    Point number 4 - when buying laptops make sure you buy something that satisfies all your needs
    Point number 5 - I have an external DVD drive I bought ages ago - never use it any more but I'm sure it still works, like the external floppy drive should I ever need it.
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    tardytortoise03/01/2022 13:16

    Point number 1 - you have consumer rights so buy one from any retailer …Point number 1 - you have consumer rights so buy one from any retailer that is convenient to you. You have more rights if you buy online and its always best to use a credit card. So overly worrying about reviews is not worth it.Point number 2 - USB sticks have a greater capacity than DVD.Point number 3 - Cloud storage can be effective and efficient.Point number 4 - when buying laptops make sure you buy something that satisfies all your needsPoint number 5 - I have an external DVD drive I bought ages ago - never use it any more but I'm sure it still works, like the external floppy drive should I ever need it.


    With all due respect you seem to have missed the point of the OP’s post. I’m assuming they didn’t want a debate on the merits of a USB stick or cloud storage vs optical storage, they wanted a recommendation for a model or brand of DVD writer to buy because they stated they want to burn some discs. Pretty sure you can’t use a USB stick to burn a DVD or rip a CD.
    Edited by: "Haircut_100" 3rd Jan
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    Haircut_10003/01/2022 15:33

    With all due respect you seem to have missed the point of the OP’s post. I …With all due respect you seem to have missed the point of the OP’s post. I’m assuming they didn’t want a debate on the merits of a USB stick or cloud storage vs optical storage, they wanted a recommendation for a model or brand of DVD writer to buy because they stated they want to burn some discs. Pretty sure you can’t use a USB stick to burn a DVD or rip a CD.


    A few things;
    Of course you are free to "assume" anything you like. So am I.
    Rather ironically, you also have missed the point of the OP's post; I see you have made no recommendation for a model or brand of DVD writer to buy. With all due respect, maybe you should stick to answering OP posts rather than commenting on others contributions. After all, that would be the most positive thing to do.
    Oh and BTW it is possible to RIP DVDs and CDs to USB memory sticks of the correct size. (and just to be pedantic the OP was unclear about the sort of contents they wished to burn to a DVD)
    Have a fantastic day!
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    tardytortoise04/01/2022 15:26

    A few things;Of course you are free to "assume" anything you like. So am …A few things;Of course you are free to "assume" anything you like. So am I.Rather ironically, you also have missed the point of the OP's post; I see you have made no recommendation for a model or brand of DVD writer to buy. With all due respect, maybe you should stick to answering OP posts rather than commenting on others contributions. After all, that would be the most positive thing to do.Oh and BTW it is possible to RIP DVDs and CDs to USB memory sticks of the correct size. (and just to be pedantic the OP was unclear about the sort of contents they wished to burn to a DVD)Have a fantastic day!


    Again, you seem to not quite getting this. In order to rip a CD or DVD on to a computer (to then transfer to a memory stick if you wish) you need an optical drive. You can't just take a CD and slide it in to to a USB stick! Similarly if you want to burn a DVD then you need a DVD writer to do so. Your post about cloud storage, USB sticks, and "consumer rights" missed the point of what the OP was asking for, why get so upset just because someone pointed that out to you?

    FWIW OP, have a look at the LG external writers. I'm a Mac user myself so I have an Apple Superdrive and don't have personal experience of using other brands of DVD writer, but from what I recall the LG ones were often recommended as being good.
    Edited by: "Haircut_100" 4th Jan
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    Haircut_10004/01/2022 16:13

    Again, you seem to not quite getting this. In order to rip a CD or DVD on …Again, you seem to not quite getting this. In order to rip a CD or DVD on to a computer (to then transfer to a memory stick if you wish) you need an optical drive. You can't just take a CD and slot it on to to a USB stick! Similarly if you want to burn a DVD then you need a DVD writer to do so. Your post about cloud storage, USB sticks, and "consumer rights" missed the point of what the OP was asking for, why get so upset just because someone pointed that out to you? FWIW OP, have a look at the LG external writers. I'm a Mac user myself so I have an Apple Superdrive and don't have personal experience of using other brands of DVD writer, but from what I recall the LG ones were often recommended as being good.


    Ok once again with all due respect show me where the OP said they wanted to RIP CD or DVD. All OP said was "burn dvds" I had every right to point out that stuff can be burnt onto USB memory sticks. And yes it is possible to download DVD and CD images and burn subsequently to USB stick.
    The point about consumer rights was in reference to the OP doubts over reviews.
    I didn't really want to say this as you probably know it already. Never a good idea to "assume" as it makes an ass out of u and me.
    I have an external DVD writer and have recommended generic ones to others - cheap as chips widely available - buy any from a convenient/reputable retailer.
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    tardytortoise04/01/2022 17:33

    Ok once again with all due respect show me where the OP said they wanted …Ok once again with all due respect show me where the OP said they wanted to RIP CD or DVD. All OP said was "burn dvds" I had every right to point out that stuff can be burnt onto USB memory sticks. And yes it is possible to download DVD and CD images and burn subsequently to USB stick.The point about consumer rights was in reference to the OP doubts over reviews.I didn't really want to say this as you probably know it already. Never a good idea to "assume" as it makes an ass out of u and me.I have an external DVD writer and have recommended generic ones to others - cheap as chips widely available - buy any from a convenient/reputable retailer.


    I rest my case

    You should have a read of this, it might help you understand what the OP means when they say they want to “burn DVDs”.
    whatis.techtarget.com/def…urn

    46612763-QASj3.jpg
    Edited by: "Haircut_100" 4th Jan
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    Haircut_10004/01/2022 18:08

    I rest my case You should have a read of this, it might help you …I rest my case You should have a read of this, it might help you understand what the OP means when they say they want to “burn DVDs”.https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/burn[Image]


    You have done the right thing! That 1999 definition I notice is colloquial and makes no mention of the term RIP and simply talks about the verb - that is writing content. Nothing at all about reading from a CD/DVD in order to subsequently write to a different CD/DVD.
    Ambiguity only comes from closed minds.
    You should try sometime, downloading something and then burning to a stick - a film or album perhaps - it works.
    Keep "Whistling Down the Wind"
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    "There seem to be some very mixed reviews out there!" implies OP would prefer perceived comfort of recognised brand name, in which case 1p change from £24 for Hitachi-LG item with additional comfort of direct Amazon purchase so up to 6 years to test the robustness of Amazon EU SARL's legendary CS should you need to file a statutory durability (lack of) claim.
    amazon.co.uk/dp/…YS/

    Sadly the combined comfort of H-L + Amazon doesn't state how the item's power requirement spec for 1.6Amp supply can be satisfied via a single USB cable connected to a client.

    Conclusion:
    just purchase any old tat as long as the source merchant / platform / payment mechanism has credible route to compensation if the item fails to perform within your perception of product lifetime expectancy.
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    I have a bluray/dvd/CD writer. Useful for ripping my CD collection and can be used to create hard copies of my photos and documents. I have had NAS drive that failed me.
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