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Old 01-17-01, 06:33 PM
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I've been assigned the task of finding an external DVD-ROM drive for use at work - apparently, some of the new software our library is using is on DVD-ROM, but will run once copied to the hard drive. So I need to (try) to find a drive that is pretty portable - I need to be able to connect it to non-networked machines without a lot of hassle for installs and updates.

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 01-17-01, 06:48 PM
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Looks like you're talking USB unless your computers have an external SCSI interface. You need Win98 or Win2K and you should lookup the words "DVD-ROM external USB" and you'll find some.
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Old 01-18-01, 04:28 PM
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That can be a tough one.

How many PCs will need to use it?

Do they all have USB or SCSI?

Are all the machines networked in some way?

If they are networked and you run some flavor of windows, you can put the DVD in/on one machine and share it out for the others to use.

You can also copy the entire DVD to a server and run installs from there.

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Most of the machines run 2k - so USB is probably the easiest option. Otherwise, I'll just distribute what I need to over the network.

I was actually hoping for some specific drive recommendations, if ya'll have any.

Thanks again.

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Most of the external units are SCSI or Firewire, not USB.

Do your machines have SCSI?

If not your best option is the network route. (edited to clarify buy an internal IDE and install it in one machine and share it)

Hte only other thing you can do is make your own USB DVD. Buy a USB to IDE box and buy an IDE DVD ROM drive (any popular model will do Pioneer, Toshiba) The downside here is the drivers that come with these 'boxes' are usually not very good.

something like this
http://www.part2.com/specs/%20ca805puc.html
last resort type deal

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