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Q: DVD Burners ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: DVD Burners
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: jerryone-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 02 Dec 2002 09:37 PST
Expires: 01 Jan 2003 09:37 PST
Question ID: 117821
I would like to buy DVD Burner for my computer.(windows XP) I need to
know the
pros and cons of internal vs external and USB 2.0 vs Firewire. I am
looking for facts, not opinions. The burner will be used to make
videos using a Canon Optura
200MC digital camcorder.
Subject: Re: DVD Burners
Answered By: wengland-ga on 02 Dec 2002 15:21 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

To address your questions, first we will look at the external vs.
internal question.  Internal drives will run on the IDE interface,
take up a drive bay within the case, and will require power from the
power supply.  The IDE interface on most modern computers runs at
burst speeds of 66 or 100 megabits per second, with average data rates
as high as 66 megabits per second.

Ultra ATA 100 FAQ

However, this requires you to have an open 5.25" drive bay in your
computer; some modern cases do not have this.  You will also need to
have power available from your power supply.  DVD-R drives can consume
as much as 20 watts of power.  If you already have several fans, hard
drives or other accessories, your power supply may not be able to
supply the extra power.

Pioneer DVR-105 specs:

Additionally, with an internal drive, you will either have to open the
case and install it yourself, which can be daunting if you haven't
done it before, or pay a shop to do the installation for you, which
adds to the cost.

External drives connect, as you note, via USB 2.0 or Firewire.  The
advantages of this include not needing to open the case to install the
drive, external power supply, so you aren't taxing your PC power
supply, and ease of moving the drive from computer to computer. 
However, the external drives do cost more money.

Regarding USB 2.0 versus Firewire, both will require your computer to
have the appropriate connector or add-on card.  Many older computers
do not include USB 2.0 support, only supporting the USB 1.1
specification.  Even new computers often do not include Firewire
support, requiring an add-on card to be installed.  If your computer
does not come with USB 2.0 or Firewire, you will need to factor in the
cost of an add-on card.

Both USB and Firewire are serial communications protocols.  Firewire
can communicate at 400 megabits per second.  USB 1.1 communicates at
12 megabits per second peak, although real world transfer rates are
often slower.  USB 2.0 communicates at 480 megabits per second.

Firewire can supply power to external peripherials, while USB 2.0
cannot.  Realistically, external drives usually have their own power
supply and this becomes a moot point.

USB 2.0 is backward compatible with USB 1.1, so if you add a USB 2.0
card to your computer, you can also use the legacy USB 1.1

Firewire and USB 2.0 are not compatible, and use physically different

PC World Firewire vs USB 2.0 FAQ,aid,104826,00.asp

Other than that, there is no signifigant difference between them.  It
is simply a matter of which you already have on your computer

I hope this answers your question; if you need further information,
please ask for a clarification before rating this answer.

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ultra ata faq

Pioneer DVD-R power consumption
jerryone-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: DVD Burners
From: houstonguy-ga on 02 Dec 2002 11:59 PST
Here is a comparison(in general, not dvd related) firewire vx. USB

As far as intrnal/external, external usually cost more, as they do
with cd-burners, unless you need the portability of an external i'd go
with an internal(faster data transfer rates, there's a fact)

I'd be more concerned with what format you choose(DVD+R, DVD-R, or
DVD-ROM). Seems like DVD+R is becoming the more popular format lately.
See if this little DVD info. helps:,aid,104702,pg,2,00.asp
Subject: Re: DVD Burners
From: houstonguy-ga on 03 Dec 2002 07:59 PST
"Firewire can supply power to external peripherials, while USB 2.0

Is this correct? USB 1.1 can supply (limited) power to external
peripherals(webcams for one).  So I would assume, since 2.0 is
backward compatible it would be able to supply power as well.

NOTE: I know it wouldn't be able to supply enough power for the
subject drive.
Subject: Re: DVD Burners
From: grg-ga on 15 Aug 2004 10:19 PDT
What about audio connection for an external drive. It seems that it
could be a problem to playback music with an external drive. Does that
sound right?
Subject: IDE speeds
From: rotj-ga on 10 Mar 2005 17:14 PST
There is an error in the answer given:
"The IDE interface on most modern computers runs at
burst speeds of 66 or 100 megabits per second, with average data rates
as high as 66 megabits per second."

This is not true.  Ultra-ATA/66 and Ultra-ATA/100 transfer at 66 and
100 megaBYTES per second respectively, not 66 and 100 megaBITS per
second.  This translates to 528 megabits per second and 800 megabits
per second for the common IDE speeds.  USB 2's 480 megabits per second
is definitely not faster than ATA66 or ATA100, though it is faster
than ATA33.  The newer ATA/133 runs at 133 megabytes per second and
Serial ATA version 1.0 runs at 150 megabytes per second.

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