Buying an external CD-Rom

Question

Because my lap top does not have an internal CD-RW drive available to replace the existing CD-ROM, I am looking for an external unit. In my quest I find that the performance characteristics are lower with the external compared to the internal drive.

Is there an inherent design limitation between internal and external drive specs. or have I just not looked enough? For example I have not yet found a 10x8xXX external drive. Only 4x4xXX. If this is the way it has to be, will the lower speced device do the job?

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Answer

This question was answered on February 27, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Thank you for your question I have found a couple of websites that offer CDRom's within your specification and higher When looking into investing in these additional components, always check your resources on the internet, in addition to store adds The following are a couple of sites I found for you.

http://www.baber.com/drives/laptop_cdrom/cdrom_external/pcmcia.htm

http://www.teac.com/DSPD/slimCDROM_DVROM.html

http://www.psism.com/cdr.htm

are just a couple of sights that I have found You also want to check the laptop company to make sure that the cd-rom you choose is compatible.

http://www.hpcdwriter.com/products/compare/index.asp

As you can see, there are many options out there I hope that this helps in your decision on buying your new product.

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Posted by Jacqueline of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on February 27, 2001