View Full Version : External CD-RW vs. Internal CD-RW

01-16-03, 03:03 PM
Is there any difference in performance between an external CD-RW and an internal CD-RW? Secondly, which do you prefer and why?

01-16-03, 03:44 PM
I prefer internal because it's neater, cheaper, and less likely to screw up. I have an external usb2 kit right now, and after using it a few times I find that simply moving my usb mouse seems to slow it down tremendously. I also already have 11 usb devices hooked up.

The Baron
01-16-03, 04:00 PM
If you're using USB2 or FireWire and not using any other USB or FireWire devices on the same bus at the same time, you're peachy.

But, USB2/FireWire drives are at least double the price of IDE drives at the same speed.

So... IDE rocks. ;)

01-16-03, 09:30 PM
IDE all the way, for the aforementioned reasons.

01-16-03, 10:08 PM
As far as price goes, if you plan on using more than one drive, it's nice to have a kit that you can plug an hd, dvd, cdrw into and use it on usb as opposed to ide.

01-16-03, 11:57 PM
Thanks. :)

Disregarding price, which is the best/fastest internal CD-RW out there?

01-17-03, 10:21 AM

01-17-03, 11:42 AM
I know some people will say Plextor, but if I was to buy a cdrw regardless of price, I'd still buy a LiteOn 52x. Though keep in mind that I think it's Maxell won't be making 52x disks because they don't feel the dye is good enough for that speed, and it goes over what they'd consider a safe rpm.

01-18-03, 07:30 AM

Anymore recommendations?

01-18-03, 09:09 AM
Totally disregarding price you might consider a SCSI drive...

01-18-03, 10:10 AM
Sorry, but SCSI is not an option for me right now. Only IDE.

01-18-03, 10:11 AM
By the way, lets say that the CD-RW that I get has a faster CD-ROM read speed than my current DVD-ROM. Will it be okay to use the CD-RW also has my primary CD-ROM drive?

01-18-03, 07:23 PM
Yes, it should be fine to use the CDRW as your main disc drive.

01-22-03, 04:56 PM
I like the new Yamaha drives (44x burner). Realy good, 8mb buffer compared to plextor's 4mb (on thier 48x drive.) Nero also comes on Yamaha and plextor uses Roxio still I think.