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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2012
I bought this external dvd burner only about 1-2 weeks ago but have already burned about 15 dvds. It works great, no issues what so ever. Mine is not coming apart like mentioned in the other review, maybe they got a lemon? I also don't use wmp to burn. Basically it's great from my experience, and it's really inexpensive. No complaints at all.

The only thing with this dvd burner to be aware of is you need 2 usb ports to use it, as it requires more power than just 1 port provides. It comes with the proper "Y" cable for this, but if you don't have 2 usb ports next to each other(like within 4-6 inches) you will need to also buy a usb cable extension(I had to since I have an old laptop with only 1 port on each side). I bought a 3 pack of extension usb cables like 6 feet long each on ebay for a couple bucks.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
Slowly I turned, cringing, then pressed the button to install this. I was holding on for dear life after reading some of the bad reviews.

The cable-plugin process took about 30 seconds, and Windoze 7 took about 5 seconds to recognize the device, and it was all over. Piece of cake. Folks, it doesn't get much easier than this.

I didn't even take the DVD of software out of its envelope. The DVD contains no drivers, just some bloatware that is not necessary for me since I only use my drive for Reading DVDs. Those of you who Write DVDs may need to choose some of those products--I can't speak to that.

I installed Turbo-Tax 2012 on my itty-bitty laptop as an experiment, and it took no longer than my giant power-user desktop did to read the DVD and install it and execute it. Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as synchronizing your software across 2 or 3 machines, and by using DVDs I can install an older version of Excel 2007, same as my desktop, onto my little traveling laptop. No I don't want different versions on different machines and no, I don't want to figure out what features the kids at Microslop have removed or relocated or renamed (or worse yet, "improved") in the current version, and pay $100 for the latest "release".

Those who disagree with this review are invited to upgrade to Windoze 8; case closed. (You Mac users are exempt, as I have no clue what your issues are. Altho I can say that I will never be able to plug this device into my i-Pad or i_Phoney)

In summary, this is an excellent little DVD drive that I use to read DVDs with. Others seem to use it to write DVDs with good success. I take mine on the road, and the drive and the cables all fit in a Ziploc quart freezer bag. I am really impressed, after my initial wariness. Please excuse any outrageous statements; leave me a comment if I have offended you and I will try to make it better. Also click on the Helpful button if possible.

Peace, brothers and sisters. Christmas 2012.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2013
But this one burns MDisc. The MDisc is an archival-quality DVD that is expensive and requires a special DVD burner to write. They can be read in any DVD reader though, and the Navy has tested the heck out of them, so they should last through the heat and humidity of 'normal' storage in a box in my garage. This burner connected to a 7 year old laptop performed flawlessly and burns things fast enough for me. Great value for the price.

So if you have pictures, music, or scans of family genealogy data that you want to ensure will be readable in a decade or six, and you are going to store your DVDs in a garage or a storage unit, this USB 2.0 burner and some MDiscs should do the job.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
It works well, is relatively quiet, given the opportunity to send it back after using it for a while I'd still keep it, but there are a few things you should know:
-it needs to sit on a flat surface more or less undisturbed. If you move the computer it's attached to and accidentally bring it along with you, the disc can easily get halfway off the center turning bit (sorry forgot the technical name) and then just freaks out trying to read a disc that's only halfway down.
-it needs two usb ports, which is sort of par for the course, but it pulls a decent chunk of battery, roughly 30-40% more than your laptop's standard functioning.
-the included software does not included a free movie DVD reader,which is fine if you have a mac or windows 7 or earlier. Windows 8 folk, you'll need to download additional software to watch DVD movies on your laptop (VLC media player works great and is free, not only do I use it, but it's the dvd player program for all my school's on campus computers, so it's totally safe and reliable according to more than just me)

Despite those things, this is a great optical drive for the money (it was like $29 when I purchased).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
Bought this for hubby so he can play CDs on his PC since the drive stopped playing CDs. It plugs into the USB port on the CPU and he can load a CD easily. Hubby is tech-challenged so ease of use is very important. Great product.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
The device worked fine on my MacBook Pro. It is powered by two USB ports on your computer, which is required for it to have enough power. Unfortunately, my laptop has each of its two USB ports on either side of the computer. I was able to make it work by plugging them into a small, powered USB hub that had two ports adjacent to one another. It makes it a pain for portability though. If you have two ports next to each other on your computer, then you won't need to pursue this option.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2013
It's identified by the pc as "HL-DT-ST" which means genuine LG. Working almost perfect, except that it does not support P1/P2 error reporting under Nero CD/DVD Test. Spinning with low noise and little vibration, showing a good design.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
Using this with my mac book to be able to burn discs for the car. Works great and did not need any drivers to get going on Lion (OSX). Only gripe is that it takes 2 usb ports. One for power, one for data.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
It works with my pc using xp but I had to do a slight work around. The disk cant be in the drive during start up, the disk is put in the drive when the burning software asks for it. In other words, I start the drive with an empty drive, I then put in a disk in when the burning software asks for it; I don't load the drive during start up.

I hope this helps some people who are having trouble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
My installed laptop dvd-rw had quick working and this saved me from neediing to purchase a new computer. So far reads and writes flawlessly in all formats. I have been very pleased with this purchase.
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