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Default CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-04-2009, 08:20 PM

I love this website and really appreciate all of you who take the time to help "non technical" (to say the least) people like me...

So, I have a brand new Mini 9 and I did not purchase the optional CD/DVD drive with it. Now, I want to load some software from a CD. Can I simply buy any external CD/DVD drive with a USB plug and load away?

I was just reading the Hardware Forum section of this site and it sounds like a lot of people have a lot problems with external drives, including the one that Dell offers.

Thanks in advance for any of your thoughts.
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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-04-2009, 09:12 PM

Theoretically, yes, you can buy any USB external drive. But as you note, some seem better than others. I recommend sticking with models others have had success with (I have an LG "slim" that works well.)


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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-04-2009, 10:00 PM

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I have an LG "slim" that works well.
Same here, it has worked flawlessly for me.
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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-04-2009, 10:06 PM

I have a DVD drive that I pulled out of one of my machines because it was a bit noisy. I have used it with a USB-to-IDE/SATA adapter, which I got for <$20 at the local computer store. It worked just fine for an install. If I were using it all the time, I might opt for something a bit less makeshift, but for occasional use, it is just fine. The USB adapter has many uses, such as dealing with removed hard drives, etc.
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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-05-2009, 03:58 AM

I'm one of those that had issue with the I/O magic drive shipped by Dell. I purchased a drive made by Sony (DRX-S7OU-R) and it is a very nice one. Not the cheapest out there though.
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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-05-2009, 04:07 AM

Do you have a network set up with any machines with a CD drive. I loaded a program via my wireless network through my main computer's drive.
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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-05-2009, 04:09 PM

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I'm one of those that had issue with the I/O magic drive shipped by Dell. I purchased a drive made by Sony (DRX-S7OU-R) and it is a very nice one. Not the cheapest out there though.
Did they send you what they call a "reworked" USB cable? They did for me and it seems to work okay now, getting enough power so that it doesn't just stop spinning for no reason.


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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-05-2009, 05:28 PM

Thank you all for your feedback.

I may pursue the "LG slim" drive. Is this the model that you have?

LG GSA-E50L Slim 8x DVD+RW/-RW Dual Layer USB 2.0 Powered External Drive w/LightScribe (Black/White)

It is approximately $80. Or, are there other LG Slim models? Specific model recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!!
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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-05-2009, 05:47 PM

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LG GSA-E50L Slim 8x DVD+RW/-RW Dual Layer USB 2.0 Powered External Drive w/LightScribe (Black/White)
Yep, that's the one...and it was more expensive when I bought it last year (Newegg).

LG Black/Silver USB 2.0 Slim External SUPER MULTI DVD Burner with LightScribe Model GSA-E50L (The description says Silver, but it's actually black/white)
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Default Re: CD Drive for Loading Software - 04-06-2009, 05:10 AM

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I'm one of those that had issue with the I/O magic drive shipped by Dell. I purchased a drive made by Sony (DRX-S7OU-R) and it is a very nice one. Not the cheapest out there though.
Did they send you what they call a "reworked" USB cable? They did for me and it seems to work okay now, getting enough power so that it doesn't just stop spinning for no reason.
No , I wasn't aware Dell was doing this. As a matter of fact that may have started as a result of a few of us here at this forum recomending swapping the original with a better cable we already had on hand.

I found that swapping out the cord and using a USB port on the mini9's left side (power in side) did help with many of the issues.

I never had luck burning any CD's even though I did get it to play CD's and DVD's.

The Sony is just so much better in evey way, but then it costed $135.00. I expect it to be better.
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