External Accessories / Peripherals Discuss any accessories used to enhance your Dell Inspiron Mini experience.
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New Jersey, USA
Re: External drive - 10-04-2008, 10:31 PM
It would be done over your home's network (either wired or wireless would work fine) and the Mini and your other computer already have all that they would need to do it. there isn't an "out of the box" option that would work with USB (you'd need a special cable and software on both computers).
there's several steps to getting a home network up and running, so take a look at some of these links, see how you make out, and if you hit any roadblocks let us know and someone can help you out.
Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: External drive - 10-10-2008, 06:02 PM
it does not work if u plan to use it as a boot CD... only as regular drive.
it's quite easy once ur network is up and running.
I listen to my desktop songs with the mini in the kitchen through the network... just perfect!
Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: External drive (External CD) - 02-04-2009, 01:51 AM
From time to time, Iomega (store.iomega.com) outlet has an external usb CD burner available for $13.95 + shipping (less than $20 for me). It works OK, of course no dvd. I have used it on my Mini without any problems. I have only used it as a reader, but I expect their burning software or a third party tool like Nero would work OK.
I just used it to boot a CD to image the initial install before wiping the disk and reinstalling the OS.
Anyway, I recommend that Iomega external CD burner. It is solidly built. However, it's not something slim you would want to lug around with you. Just something cost effective you might connect at home if you need to install, burn or access something from/to CD.
Sharing a CD on another system might work, but introduce a lot of network latency.
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