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Which External Fw Burner To Buy?


hermie54

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I'm thinking about buying a second external FW (800?) burner, but have no idea about which one. I think someone posted a comparison URL in the past, but I can't find it anymore. Perhaps it was on the old forum. Nothing Mac-specifit on Videohelp.com either as far as I can see.

 

Anyway, if such a URL for Mac compatible burners exists and someone has it, please post it here. The idea is to make a shortlist and then check if they are Retrospect compatible. My internal NEC 3520AW should be, but doesn't do a thing with Retrospect Desktop and trying to make a custom profile doesn't work either. Retrospect just goes unresponsive in a few seconds. Works sorta alright with Toast 7 though. TIA!

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I'm thinking about buying a second external FW (800?) burner, but have no idea about which one. I think someone posted a comparison URL in the past, but I can't find it anymore. Perhaps it was on the old forum. Nothing Mac-specifit on Videohelp.com either as far as I can see.

 

Anyway, if such a URL for Mac compatible burners exists and someone has it, please post it here. The idea is to make a shortlist and then check if they are Retrospect compatible. My internal NEC 3520AW should be, but doesn't do a thing with Retrospect Desktop and trying to make a custom profile doesn't work either. Retrospect just goes unresponsive in a few seconds. Works sorta alright with Toast 7 though. TIA!

I can use my NEC 3520AW (in a LaCie Firewire case) with the Retrospect Express 6.1 and the latest Retrospect driver update. I suggest going to the Retrospect support site and downloading the latest update and driver.

 

There is nothing more Mac compatible than the LaCie DVD drives. But other popular choices are the Plextor and Pioneer drives. There is a drive compatibility database at xlr8yourmac.com where you can read user reports on various DVD drives used with Macs.

 

There are no Firewire 800 DVD drives that I'm aware of. Firewire 400 is adequate for the writing speed of today's drives and media.

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Weird... My NEC 3520AW internal came from LaCie but hasn't worked with any firmware upgrade nor Retrospect 6.1 driver update sofar. Of course I'm running the latests on both. The only thing I can think of is that it must be an ATAPI-issue. But I don't know what to do about it.

 

Thanks for the XLR8-pointer, I'll check it out ASAP. Too bad there aren't any FW 800 drives cuz I still have a free port. My two 400's are occupied you see. But then, I suppose I could chain my Pocket Drive with my Fire-i webcam. I also have a USB2-card installed and I saw that the two externals on the LaCie site have both FW and USB. I assume they're NEC's again in a LaCie casing and are both the same drives essentially, be it one delivered with Toast 7 and some other bells and whistles.

 

Thank you very much for the info!

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