I have a burning question...
July 8, 2009 11:37 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for recommendations for a decent external cd burner for an older computer/OS (Win 2000) and the best stores or online merchants to purchase it. [Barring that, if anyone has any hints for unjamming cd-rom drives that are jammed shut (and, I believe, off the track), I'd be interested!]
posted by Mael Oui to computers & internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Somehow my internal cd-rom drive (and only drive with a cd burner) is jammed shut. I've tried the 'paper clip method' to try to get it open, which has worked in the past, but it seems that the tray of the cd burner is partially or completely off the track now. So, it won't budge.
My question (unless you have some ideas of how to unjam REALLY jammed trays) is I'd like to get a new cd burner sooner than later. I'm looking to get an external USB one because I'm not confident about opening up my computer to install an internal. I have an older computer, though. It's about 5 or 6 years old, and I'm running Windows 2000 on it. My current cd burner is an internal Memorex 52MAXX 2452AJ. I really don't care about having a dvd burner; I'm really mostly interested in replacing my cd burner so that I can burn audio cds from files on my computer. I am assuming that dvd burners also burn cds (right??), which is okay, but I have absolutely no use for a dvd burner. So, if it's possible to just get a cd burner (to save a bit of money).. well, that'd be great.
Does anyone have any recommendations for pretty decent, stable external cd burners that would be easy to use for a technophobe and work with an older system like mine? Or, even a company recommendation if not an actual model recommendation? Also, does anyone have any recommendations for online stores from which to buy it? I've looked at Amazon and Newegg, and I generally found browsing their cd/dvd burners to be overwhelming and confusing (especially at Newegg -- and their customer service to be very unhelpful). As I've intimated in many of my past questions, I'm pretty technophobic, so simpler is always better. I'd generally prefer to spend less money.. I'm not really interested in the newest, most bells-and-whistles-y stuff.
Thanks in advance for all responses!