My computer is a notebook, with a CDRW-DVD combo drive built-in. (It can
read and write CDs, but can only read DVDs.)
I'm thinking of perhaps purchasing an external DVD writer for it, but I know
nothing about them. My notebook has both USB 2.0 and firewire connections.
What should I look for in purchasing one, besides price? I saw an ad for a
refurbished HP 300E for about $190, seems like a good price. I think it has
both USB 2 and Firewire connections.
I have recently read that there are three standards for DVD writing, DVD+,
DVD-. and DVD-RAM. That is very confusing. What is the difference between
these standards. Can a DVD burned with a recorder on one standard, be played
back with one on another standard? Do stand-alone DVD players that you
connect to the TV read all three kinds? Will the DVD-reading drive
built-into my notebook read DVDs burned with all three burner types, both
for movies and for data? For RW too? If not, how can I find out which kind
the internal drive will read?
Thank you for any tips on buying such a drive.