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Old 07-01-2009, 12:22 AM
 
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I'am looking into getting a DVD burner for my computer. I bought it in 2004. It's a compaq presario with windows XP. Because of the age of my computer which type of DVD burner would be my best choice? I read that external DVD burners were best for older computers. Is a 2004 computer old enough to need the external burner?
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:06 AM
 
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Internal all the way. They're cheaper and don't have the cable clutter of an external. You can get one on Newegg for $30 or less. The only question would be whether you'd need an IDE or SATA drive. You're right at the age where it could go either way but it's probably IDE. Have a look inside at the current drives. If you see big wide ribbon cables, you've got IDE drives. If you see a couple of narrow cables, you've got SATA.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:37 AM
 
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X2, go internal
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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What do you all think of this external burner?


YouTube - Lite-On ESAU208-01 External Slim DVD Burner
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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Not going to watch a video on it, but if you have your heart set on external then go for it, you asked what we recommended, and they all accomplish the same thing.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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I am open to the externals. From what I've read they do have some conviences like portablity and not having to open up the computer to install like with an internal and they won't use up an IDE connection freeing it for other things. Plus the ones I've seen like in the video seem to be smaller than the ones I saw a few years ago. The main disadvantage I'am seeing with the externals are their prices compared to the internals.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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For an older PC, I have no problem with an external. You will likely upgrade your coumputer before too long, and it will also come with a DVD-R/RW DL burner (pretty standard fair today), and you can use the external as a second DVD drive.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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For an older PC, I have no problem with an external. You will likely upgrade your coumputer before too long, and it will also come with a DVD-R/RW DL burner (pretty standard fair today), and you can use the external as a second DVD drive.
I agree with with AN says.
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