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External Pioneer 107 dvd writer

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by lcarter, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. lcarter

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    Want to buy an external pioneer 107 dvd writer have found it for £134.99 at svp.co.uk anyone know where I can get it cheaper?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated

    Ta :hiya:
     
  2. MarkE19

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    D.I.Y!

    You should be able to get the 107 (internal) for between £70 & £80. Buy an external USB2.0 &/or firewire case for £30 - £40 and stick the drive in there yourself. This is all svp are doing and then charging you a premium for the service.

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  3. lcarter

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    I didn't know that - will look into it - is it easy to do as am a bit of a novice
     
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    Have a search for external hard drive and dvd drive on the forum.

    I have mentioned a superb piece of kit that lets you use any IDE drive through a USB2 connection. It comes with its own power supply and doesn't need any setting up for use with Win XP

    Can be bought here:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=43759

    I have it hooked upto an internal Pioneer 106 drive and the drive works fine in an external environment. i also use it to connect an old 27gb HDD for extra storage as i only have a laptop.

    Hope this is of help
     
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    one thing i would add, is buy a USB extension cable if you get this adapter as the lead is only ~20cm long!

    Also, appears that USB2 doesn't require any different cables from USB1 (someone please correct me if i'm wrong) so the leads are dirt cheap to pick up (ebay 3m ~£4)
     
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    If you buy the external case all you do is take the lid off it and plug the DVD writer in exactly the same as you would if plugging it directly in on the PC. The external case is then connected directly to the PC (or via a hub) via USB2.0 or firewire with a single lead the same as for a printer, scanner, digicam etc.
    I know I've done this type of thing 101 times before, but the cables will only plug into the correct socket and will only go one way around. Therefore I don't think it will cause any problems for you. The external cases should be supplied with full instructions to take you through step by step.
    If you do have any problems then just ask on the forum as many others have already set up external DVD/HDD.

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    I've just had a quick look at the link posted by monkeynuts and although it isn't a case it will be a cheaper way of connecting an internal device externally - and should be just as simple, if not more so. It just wont look as nice.

    External case: http://www.lynxdv.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=44 £39.95

    Pioneer 107: http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/hardware/storage/productView.htm?quicklinx=30QL £80

    Do a bit of hunting around and you should be able to get lower prices than the above.

    Mark.
     
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    Your dead right, it doesn't look as pretty but if you put the drive out the way on a shelf using an extention USB cable no one would ever know and you've saved enough money to buy a 25 pack of decent ritek04 dye dvd-rs!!

    Spending is all about justification.....
     

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