I run a computer repair and service business apart from my blogging activities here at Skylarking. Often enough my clients have damaged CD or DVD drives which prevent me from loading my diagnostic softare onto their systems. Or perhaps they’ve purchased a new application, such as Office 2007, and they are having difficulty installing it becuase they have a defective drive.
In such a case I need to use my own external drive. I recently acquired a new external and portable DVD and CD drive from TigerDirect.com. The one I’ve purchased is the Lite-On ETDU10896 External Slim DVD ROM which costs only $40. It’s been working great for me. Most recently I used it to transfer some files from a client’s old computer to their new computer. I also used it to reinstall Microsoft Windows Vista for another client; their hard drive had recently failed.
I also ordered the 1 year replacement plan on the drive for $15, so if anything goes wrong with it after the manufacturer’s 12 month warranty runs out, TigerDirect.com will send me a new or similar one. So I’m covered for two years total. Not bad for a $40 drive. I wish my car could go so far on $40.
This drive is a “plug and play” drive, which means you just plug it in to the USB port of your computer and it works. Your computer will automatically recognize it as a CD/DVD drive with no help from you. It has only one cable so there are no questions of “Where does this go?”
This drive isn’t used for recording or burning disks, but it will read many different formats including writeable and rewriteable disks such as DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R9, DVD-R9, CD-R, CD-RW. It doesn’t need to be plugged into a wall outlet as it receives all the power it needs from its USB connection.