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do I still need a CD burner hardware ?

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How does this work ? Do I install it on the Mac OS X and then the tray on my computer that for the moment can only read (CD and DVD-ROM) will be able to write too ?

Or do I still need a CD burner hardware ? And if so, can I use the Yamaha CRW2100FXZ which use Adaptec Toast version 4.1.2. ?

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The answer to both is probably no. Toast 8 require OS 10.4 and I'm not sure that you can use your Yamaha CD-RW drive with this OS.

 

Presuming your Mac has a Firewire connection, you can get a new external DVD-RW/CD-RW drive for possibly less than the cost of Toast 8.

 

What Mac do you have and what version of OS X are you running?

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I have OS 10.4.7 but will soon update to 10.4.8. I do have firewire.

My Yamaha CRW2100FXZ (which contains Adaptec Toast 4.2.1) do not work with OS X or Classic. Only OS 9.2.2 which is why I need either to make it work with OS X (unlikely I think) or buy another CD burner.

 

When shopping for a new burner, is there anything particular I should look for ?

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I have OS 10.4.7 but will soon update to 10.4.8. I do have firewire.

My Yamaha CRW2100FXZ (which contains Adaptec Toast 4.2.1) do not work with OS X or Classic. Only OS 9.2.2 which is why I need either to make it work with OS X (unlikely I think) or buy another CD burner.

 

When shopping for a new burner, is there anything particular I should look for ?

I'd check to make sure that the manufacturer offers firmware updates for the drive that can be flashed when the drive is connected to a Mac. Some manufacturers require the drive to be connected to a PC in order to flash the firmware updates. Go with a Firewire connection rather than a USB 2 connection. The latter is fine with recent Macs that have built-in USB 2, but Apple has done a better job with its Firewire link than with the USB 2 link.

 

www.xlr8yourmac.com has a drive compatibility database where you can check user reports on various drives. Some drives may be bundled with Toast 7 but I don't think anyone is bundling with Toast 8 as yet. You might find that Toast 7 meets your needs. However, if the additional cost for a drive bundled with Toast 7 is near what it would cost you to buy Toast 8 then I'd choose Toast 8.

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