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Best optical drive 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated May 1, 2019
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Charlie OliverLet’s get started. Here are the best optical drive for 2018 – based on my own expert opinion, feature sets, prices, and overall popularity.

I will go through the main features and what you should consider when deciding which one to pick over the other. What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best optical drive of 2018

I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best optical drive on the market. You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop. Not all optical drive are created equal though. I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best optical drive that you can buy this year.

Test Results and Ratings

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Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Design
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Size
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Performance
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Price
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№1 – OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution For 2009 Mac mini

 
OWC Data Doubler Optical Bay Hard Drive/SSD Mounting Solution For 2009 Mac mini

Pros
Mac mini 2009 Optical Bay Drive/SSD Mounting Solution
Boost storage capacity by adding up to an additional 1.5TB of internal storage with a second hard drive, or enjoy near-instantaneous boot and app loading times by adding a Solid State Drive
Supports: SATA 6Gb/s, 3Gb/s & 1.5Gb/s Interface 2.5″ Drive or SSD (Solid State Drive) of up to 12.5mm height.
Cons
Nothing, except that I wasted too much time making my choice.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this optical drive win the first place?

The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.

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Design
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Size
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5star

Performance
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5star

Price
5

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№2 – VersionTech USB External DVD Drive Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter Burner Optical Drive CD+/-RW DVD +/-RW

 
VersionTech USB External DVD Drive Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter Burner Optical Drive CD+/-RW DVD +/-RW

Pros
Wide Compatibility: Well compatible with Windows XP/2003/Win10/8.1/8/Vista/7, Linux, Mac 10 OS system.
Brand new and Well-designed: Low noise and low impedance, anti-interference and high durability, brings more stable data transmission. Detachable USB cable and the Eject Design; never worry about the disc stuck inside.
Cons
Has some durability issues.
Expensive more then others and featured a bit less then other in our high-end picks.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this optical drive come in second place?

The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.

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Design
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Price
4

4star

 

 

№3 – LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B

 
LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B

Pros
None
Imported
Half-height Internal Super Multi Drive, Max. 24X DVD-R Write Speed
Cons
I didn’t like that it was packed tight. I think that the package doesn’t let the air in, so it’s unknown where and for how long it was kept..
Need frequent maintenance.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this optical drive take third place?

I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.

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Design
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4star

Size
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optical drive Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy optical drive, right? No!

WD My Passport Ultra

Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim will do the trick. Again, more excellent portable storage drives can be found on this list.

There are three main areas you should consider when picking a storage device: performance, capacity and data safety. I’ll explain them briefly here. After you’re finished, I encourage you to   for an even deeper dive into the world of storage.

Using an SSD like one of these will greatly improve your computer’s performance.

Performance

Storage performance refers to the speed at which data transfers within a device or from one device to another. Currently, the speed of a single consumer-grade internal drive is largely defined by the Serial ATA interface standard (SATA). This determines how fast internal drives connect to a host (such as a personal computer or a server) or to one another. There are three generations of SATA — the latest and most popular, SATA 3, caps at gigabits per second (about 770 megabytes per second). The earlier SATA (largely obsolete) and SATA standards cap data speeds at 1.5Gbps and 3Gbps, respectively.

Internal drives

Though they share the same SATA interface, the performance of internal drives can vary sharply. Generally, hard drives are much slower than SSDs, but SSDs are much more expensive than hard drives, gigabyte for gigabyte.

Though not all SSDs offer the same performance, the differences are minimal. To make it easier for you to choose, here’s our list of the best internal drives.

External drives

External storage devices are basically one or more internal drives put together inside an enclosure and connected to a computer using a peripheral connection.

There are four main peripheral connection types: USB, Thunderbolt, FireWire and eSATA. Most, if not all, new external drives now use just USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt or both. There are good reasons why.

USB 3.0 offers a cap speed of 5Gbps and is backward-compatible with USB 2.0. Thunderbolt caps at 10Gbps (or 20Gbps with Thunderbolt 2.0), and you can daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt drives together without degrading the bandwidth. Thunderbolt also makes RAID possible when you connect multiple single-volume drives of the same capacity. Note that more computers support USB 3.0 than Thunderbolt, especially among PCs. All existing computers support USB 2.0, which also works with USB 3.0 drives (though at USB 2.0 data speeds).

Generally, speed is not the most important factor for non-Thunderbolt external drives. That may seem counterintuitive, but the reason is that the USB 3.0 connectivity standard, which is the fastest among all non-Thunderbolt standards, is slower than the speed of SATA internal drives.

There’s no difference in terms of performance between bus-powered (a data cable is also used to draw power) and non-bus-powered (a separate power adapter is required) external drives. Generally, only single-volume external drives that are based on a laptop 2.5-inch internal drive can be bus-powered, and these drives offer around 2TB of storage space. Non-bus-powered external storage devices mostly use 3.5-inch internal drives and can combine multiple internal drives, so they can offer more storage space.

Currently, Thunderbolt storage devices are more popular for Macs, and unlike other external drives, deliver very fast performance. They are significantly more expensive than USB 3.0 drives with prices fluctuating a great deal depending on the number of internal drives you use. Here’s our list of the top Thunderbolt drives.

Brightness

This is measured in candelas (light intensity) per square meter – cd/mThe brightest monitors can go over 300cd/mThis means you’d be able to see the screen even if bright sunlight was shining on it, but you might want to go lower to avoid any strain on your eyes.

Quick Tips

If you’re in a hurry, these are the most important things to consider when choosing a new laptop. For a lot more detail, see the sections below.

12.5 to 14-inch  screens offer the best balance between usability and portability. Larger screens are fine if you don’t travel much and smaller models are great for kids.

SSD Storage instead of a hard drive.

8+ hours of battery life is ideal if you plan to take your laptop anywhere at all.

Consider a 2-in-if you want to use your laptop as a tablet. If not, a standard clamshell notebook may be a better choice.

Chromebooks are good for kids. Windows laptops and MacBooks both offer plenty of functionality; which platform you prefer is a matter of personal taste.

Chrome OS

Found on inexpensive Chromebooks such as the Samsung Chromebook 3. Google’s OS is simple and secure, but more limited than Windows or macOS. The user interface looks a lot like Windows with an application menu, a desktop and the ability to drag windows around, but the main app you use is the Chrome browser. The downside is that many of the “web apps” you use don’t work particularly well offline. However, that’s changing as a several Chromebooks, including the high-end, Google PixelBook, can now run Android apps.

If you need a device to surf the Web and check email, navigate social networks and chat online, Chromebooks are highly portable and tend to offer good battery life at low prices. They are also extremely popular with schools and parents, because they are hard for kids to infect with malware and more functional than most tablets. If you need a Chromebook, look for one with at least 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. A 1920 x 1080 resolution is preferable but uncommon. Pay extra to get a 2-in-if you plan to use Android apps.

Choose the Right Size

1to 1inches: Provides the best balance of portability and usability, particularly if you get a laptop that weighs under pounds.

1inches: The most popular size, 15-inch laptops usually weigh 4.to 6.pounds. Consider this size if you want a larger screen and you’re not planning to carry your notebook around often.

1to 1inches: If your laptop stays on your desk all day every day, a 17- or 18-inch system could provide you with the kind of processing power you need to play high-end games or do workstation-level productivity.

Here are the main components to keep an eye on.

CPU: The “brains” of your computer, the processor has a huge influence on performance, but depending on what you want to do, even the least-expensive model may be good enough. Here’s a rundown.

Intel Core i5: If you’re looking for a mainstream laptop with the best combination of price and performance, get one with an Intel Core iCPU. Models that end in U (ex: Core i5-7200U) are the most common.  Those with the a Y in the name are low power and have worse performance while models with an HQ use more wattage and appear in thicker gaming and workstation systems. Intel’s new 8th Generation, “Kaby Lake Refresh” CPUs have model numbers that begin with (ex: Core i5-8250U) and double the number of cores from two to four, which dramatically improves performance.

Intel Core i7: A step up from Core i5, which Models with numbers that end in HQ or K use higher wattage and have four cores, allowing for even faster gaming and productivity. There are also Core iY series chips that have lower power and performance. Keep an eye out for CPUs that have a in the model number (ex: Core i7-8250U) because they are part of Intel’s latest, 8th Generation Core Series, and offer better performance. However, 8th Gen processors are only available in the U series right now.

Intel Core i3: Performance is just a step below Core iand so is the price. If you can possibly step up to a Core i5, we recommend it.

AMD A, FX or E Series: Found on low-cost laptops, AMD’s processors — the company calls them APUs rather than CPUs —  provide decent performance for the money that’s good enough for web surfing, media viewing and productivity.

Intel Core m / Core i/ i”Y Series” — Low-power and low heat allow systems with these processors to go fanless. Performance is better than Celeron, but a notch below regular Core iU series.

Don’t Skimp on Battery Life

If you’re buying large, bulky notebook that you’ll use only on a desk near an outlet, you don’t have to worry about battery life. However, if you plan to use the laptop on your lap, even if it’s at home and or work, you’ll want at least hours of endurance, with 8+ hours being ideal. To determine a notebook’s expected battery life, don’t take the manufacturer’s word for it. Instead, read third-party results from objective sources, such as our reviews.

Key Features

Modern laptops are getting thinner and thinner and it seems like manufacturers are getting rid of internal optical drives to keep up with the trend. Many people though still want to enjoy DVD/CD playback so a quick solution to this problem is a performant external CD drive like the one from Cocopa. It comes with USB 3.0 and it’s amazingly easy to use.

The look of this external drive is highly fashionable with an embedded cable design and the scratch-proof exterior is made with a premium material. Sleek compactness seems to be what Cocopa had in mind for this device. There are no compromises on performance however as the unit uses smart burning technology with maximum DVD read speed of 8X, 24X for the read speed of CDs and a maximum CD burn speed of 8X.

Considering a solid number of features and the premium finish of this external drive, it’s safe to say that this is an excellent investment. Cocopa managed to create a very fast and powerful device that supports many formats and media types. It’s also highly compatible with virtually any operating system including Windows 10, so this 3.0 CD drive is a very recommended choice.

Mac Pro

If you’re wondering which Mac to buy, you’ve come to the right place. Here in our Mac buying guide for 2018, you’ll find everything you need to know about Apple’s range of Macs, including the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro, with expert buying advice to help you choose the Mac that’s right for you.

Apple makes seven different types of Mac, and within each of those categories there are sub categories and variations in the specs and features, so things can get pretty complicated. That’s where this complete guide comes in, helping you make the right decision. If you’re simply looking for a great offer, visit our Mac deals page.

Mac mini specifications

There are three Mac minis available. The cheapest Mac mini has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and Intel HD Graphics 5000.

The other two Mac minis offer Intel dual-core i2.6GHz and 2.8GHz processors with Intel Iris Graphics. These might sound like fast processors, in comparison to the processors in Apple’s newer MacBook models, but inside these laptop Macs if faster flash storage and newer generation processors, which will give these models a boost.

The Mac mini offers only Intel idual-core processor options as standard, there are iprocessors available at point of sale, but these are still only dual-core.

The Mac mini weighs 1.22kg and the dimensions are 19.7cm by 19.7cm. It’s just 3.6cm tall, so it really is mini as the name suggests.

The top of the range Mac mini has various build to order options, topping out at a 2TB Fusion Drive for an extra £90 when you buy the £94model, you can also add 16GB RAM for an extra £180. Only the top of the range model has this option.

We would recommend the Fusion Drive option as the SSD part of the storage will speed things up considerably, while the extra capacity of the hard drive is likely to come in handy.

Mac Pro specifications

There are two models of Mac Pro available. The first as a 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon Eprocessor, the second has a 3.0GHz 8-core Xeon Eprocessor.

Both Mac Pro models features 16GB RAM (the discontinued quad-core model offered just 12GB RAM).

The £3,89model offers a faster graphics card, the Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6GB GDDRVRAM each, rather than the Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB. Note that those are dual graphics cards, one of the selling points of the Mac Pro.

Both standard units also feature 256GB flash storage, with build-to-order options for 512GB (£180 extra) or 1TB of flash storage (£540 extra).

Other build-to-order options include 32GB RAM for £360, or 64GB RAM for £1,080. There is a 12-core model available for an extra £1,800.

Most people buying the Mac Pro will be choosing from the various build-to-order options, of which there are many. If you were to build the ultimate Mac Pro it would cost you £6,05- which is a lot, but before Apple dropped prices in 201all the build-to-order options added up to £7,299, so Apple’s price drop saves you £1,240, enough to buy a MacBook too.

You’ll need to invest in a separate screen, unlike the iMac which comes with its built-in 5K display. We have some 4K monitors that you could use with the Mac Pro here.

Who this is for

Over years of testing, we’ve found that external optical drives have few big differences between them—they tend to look alike and perform similarly. If you already have an optical drive that serves you well and works with the discs you have, you won’t gain much, if anything, from upgrading to one of our picks.

Pull Quote

If you still need an optical drive, but only sometimes, you’re better off getting one that connects via USB rather than buying a chunky laptop with a built-in drive.

You also shouldn’t buy a portable drive for a desktop computer that has room for an internal drive, because drives with a dedicated power source tend to be faster and cheaper than portable USB-powered options. Nor should you buy one to use with a tablet.

How we picked

The most important features for an optical drive are speed, size and weight, and noise. Price and availability are also important, as we’ve seen models disappear completely or become fare for third-party price-gougers as optical drives become less necessary to most people.

Speed: The speed of an external drive has two components, namely the drive’s read and write speeds, and the speed at which data travels between the drive and the computer. Theoretically, a 6x Blu-ray drive, for example, should need only a USB 2.0 connection, since the drive writes at a maximum of 2megabytes per second, and USB 2.0 reaches about 35 MB/s. In practice, however, the USB 3.0 drives we tested (such as our top Blu-ray pick) were faster than the USB 2.0 models. Most affordable models use USB 2.0.

Size and weight: About 7percent of the more than 300 people who responded to our survey said they used their external optical drive only at home, but enough people travel with one that both size and weight are important considerations. Plus, a more compact drive is easier to store when you’re not using it.

Noise: All optical drives make noise, but the drive shouldn’t drown out, say, the movie or show you’re trying to watch.

Sturdiness: Few external disc drives are pretty, but the case shouldn’t fall apart under light pressure, the connections shouldn’t be wobbly, and the buttons need to work when you press them.

Bus-powered (single-cable) operation: Most recent computers provide enough power to run an optical drive off a single USB cable, but some older laptops (such as the 20MacBook Air) don’t provide enough juice to a single port. For those computers, you’ll need a Y-cable that plugs into two USB ports to power the drive. Drives that come with a Y-cable, whether built-in or separate, provide some handy foolproofing. We didn’t test larger external drives that required their own power cord, as we saw those drives as being too expensive and bulky for most people’s needs.

With those criteria in mind, we scoured retailers for the best-selling and top-rated optical drives, and we checked manufacturer websites for models released since our previous update.

The competition

The LG GP70NS50 burned and ripped DVDs at about the same speeds as other drives we tested in 2017, but it currently costs more than our picks, and its silver paint scratched a few times in our travels. It’s a fine drive otherwise, and worth the investment if you can find it on sale.

The Samsung SE-208GB was our previous top DVD pick for this guide, due to its uncanny speed at ripping DVDs in Windows and its convenient top-mounted eject button and light. But it’s no longer available consistently at its prior price, and Samsung seems to have discontinued all of its optical drives after the bankruptcy of its TSST partnership with Toshiba. The same lack of availability eliminates the Samsung SE-218GP and the Samsung SE-506CB Slim Blu-ray Writer, also former picks.

At this writing, the Buffalo DVSM-PT58U2VB (aka the Buffalo MediaStation) costs more than our picks, but in our tests it ripped and burned DVDs at roughly the same speeds. It’s also a half-inch bigger on one side. The built-in Y-cable is worth paying for only to someone who travels a good deal with a low-power laptop.

The LG SP80NB60 is cheaper than our picks—and feels like it. This model ripped and burned at roughly the same speeds in our tests, but the USB connection felt loose, and we could feel the components of the drive shifting inside the case.

In our tests, the Dell DW31was notably slower (by about 1minutes) at burning DVDs on Windows. It currently costs more than our picks, and it’s not always in stock at retailers other than Dell. If you were buying a Dell laptop and needed an external drive mostly for reading discs, this model would not be a bad add-on purchase, but you can do better otherwise.

The Pioneer BDR-XD0was a former Blu-ray drive pick, but the company has replaced it with the BDR-XD05B.

The Archgon MD-3107S is large, heavy, and expensive, and it doesn’t come with Windows software. We also encountered several errors when trying to play DVDs that worked without issue on the other drives.

The Pioneer BDR-XU0has positive owner ratings and is thin and light, but is too expensive right now.

Pawtec’s drives (in black, orange, and red) have poor ratings, and the red model does not write Blu-rays.

Sources

When you press that shutter release button, the camera does its thing and a fraction of a second later several million bytes of data needs a new home. It’s easy to regard that mass of data as simply an image file, but with modern digital photography it’s easy to generate thousands of image files consuming terabytes of storage space. Taking a picture or shooting a video is simple but what you do next requires a bit of thought – otherwise you’ll end up with a mass of randomly stored images and a big headache finding what you need in the future.

Ease of finding the photos you need

Once you’ve built up a sizeable archive of files, finding files you need can be a major problem. Fortunately, photo image files can be keyword tagged with appropriately meaningful words that can help you to find target images quickly and easily. You can use DAM (Digital Asset Management) software to build a robust database of tagged images, although even your computer’s operating system may be able to offer a rudimentary image tagging and searching facility. Storing your images in a logical structure of folders, perhaps arranged by date or subject, can also help, although I wouldn’t recommend this instead of tagging.

Hard disk drives

Hard disks are so named because there used to be a flexible or ‘floppy’ disk alternative. An electromagnetic read/write head ‘flies’ on a cushion of air, a tiny fraction of a millimetre above a magnetic disc (called a platter) that spins at up to 10,000 RPM. In principle the faster the platter spins the faster data can be written to it and read from it. The term ‘disk’ – with a ‘k’ – is historic and comes from the term ‘diskette’ or a small disc.

The most common hard drive spin speeds are 5400 and 7200RPM. Other performance factors include the drive’s cache memory and controller circuitry. Some 5400RPM drives can perform as well as, or even better than, some 7200RPM drives. Computer magazines regularly test batches of drives from different manufacturers and these tests can be a good guide to ultimate performance as well as value for money.

You may notice the term ‘green’ being used in the model name or description for a hard drive. This means that the drive has been designed to use less power and to operate at a lower temperature than the manufacturer’s standard drives. There may be a small penalty in performance, but not always. Sometimes ‘green’ drives are audibly quieter, too.

Hard disk drives are available in many capacities and several standard form factor sizes. Laptops generally use 2.inch drives, while desktop PCs traditionally use 3.inch drives (although some compact models use the smaller 2.inch drives). There are also super-small 1.inch drives sometimes used in netbooks. Until a few years ago one-inch drives incorporated into units the same size as a compact flash cards, called Microdrives, were in common use; solid state flash memory cards have now rendered Microdrives obsolete, but larger hard drives continue to improve steadily in performance and overall capacity.

The capacity of a hard drive depends on the density at which data can be written to the drive’s platter and how many platters are contained. In 3.inch sizes capacities commonly available are 500GB, or and terabytes (TB), respectively. A terabyte is a thousand gigabytes, or a million megabytes. 4TB 3.inch drives are now available and we may see even higher capacity drives in the near future.

2TB 2.inch drives are already available, although 250, 500 and 750GB 2.inch drives are the most commonly sold at present. Don’t assume that any 2.inch drive will fit inside your laptop as a replacement, because in order to accommodate extra platters the thickness or height of the drive could be greater than the space available. The most commonly used 2.inch drives are 9.5mm high, but some are as slim as 5mm and others as large as 15mm.

Optical media

As manufacturers of hard disk drives and flash memory devices have pushed the envelope and reduced costs while steadily increasing capacities, the relevance of optical media has waned. Recordable CDs and DVDs are slow and often unreliable, as well as offering only limited capacity. With 3and 64GB memory cards now commonly available, even recordable Blu-Ray discs, which remain stubbornly expensive, are unattractive for photo storage. Optical media does remain a viable option for creating slide shows and, of course, edited video movies.

Firewire

Firewire is a serial bus standard that works like a network and can operate as a chain of interconnected devices. Back when USB was just 1megabits per second Firewire was offering 400 megabit speeds, but Firewire never gained the ubiquity of USB. Later we had Firewire 800 (800 megabits/sec) but its adoption was once again far lower than USB 2.0.

SATA and eSATA

Most basic hard disk drives, or bare drives, and other devices like DVD or Blu-Ray drives, connect to their hosts using SATA (Serial ATA). SATA is a high performance data bus designed to work over relatively short cables, connecting fast storage devices like hard disk drives inside a computer’s case. eSATA is a version of SATA; this enables SATA devices to be connected externally while retaining the same level of performance as internal SATA drives. Using eSATA-connected drive docking stations is a convenient way of using multiple bare hard disk drives.

Backup software

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to backup your data; it’s so important that backup facilities are now built into computer operating systems. There’s also a burgeoning market for independent vendors of backup software, and the best of these will offer solutions that are easier to use than OS-based offerings. This is an important point because you will tend not to use a system that is difficult to use, no matter how effective it might be. You can backup a complete computer system operating system, applications programs and your data files, or just the data files; it’s your choice.

Social media networks

Billions of photos are shot every day – more than at any time in the history of photography, though the number of prints made from photos is lower now than it has been for many years. Instead of printing photos they are being shown on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others, including photo-centric networks like Flickr, Image Bucket, etc. Simplifying the sharing of photos to your preferred networks can save a lot of time. Look out for photo-sharing options in desktop software and, especially, image apps for smartphones and tablets.

Internal vs External

This is probably the single most important decision as you look at different models on the market.

Internal devices are installed inside your computer and connect directly to your motherboard. These are usually the fastest models on the market, thanks to the direct connection and stability, but you cannot easily swap them between computers. External DVD burners can easily be unplugged from one system and connected to another, but they are also usually slower than internal devices.

If you value speed above all other considerations, and only need to use your burner with one system, then pick an internal model. On the other hand, pick an external device if you want to be able to swap your burner between different computers or devices and you do not mind having another device in your work area.

Burn Speed

Burn speed indicates the maximum speed at which a burner can write data to a physical disc. In general, you will usually find that internal devices can burn faster than external models, so keep that in mind.

When picking an internal DVD burner, you should look for a model with a maximum speed of 24X, which is pretty standard at this point. While you might see slower models available, there is really no reason to pick one over a burner with faster performance. You can find external devices that burn at up to 24X, though slower models are a bit more common in external models and are usually less expensive.

Cache Size

The cache in a DVD burner refers to memory present in the device used to temporarily save data before burning it to a disc or accessing it by your computer. The more memory you have in the burner’s cache, the smoother data can flow between the burner and your system. For both internal and external burners, you really want at least 1MB of cache memory, but 2MB is preferable and not particularly hard to find.

ROM Access Time

The ROM access time of a DVD burner indicates how quickly your system is able to read data from a disc and access it. Faster speeds mean lower times, so you want to look for a burner with the lowest time you can find. Anything around 150ms is quite good, and below that is what you want to look for. 145ms is great for both internal and external devices, but look for an access time of around 130ms for the best read speed possible.

Slot Loading

Slot loading burners simply have a thin opening you insert the DVD into, while tray loading drives eject a tray that you place the disc in and then the tray retracts into the burner. Slot types have fewer moving parts to worry about, but are somewhat rarer.

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You could be forgiven for thinking that CDs and DVDs are outmoded technologies. With flash memory getting cheaper and the cloud becoming ever more pervasive, storing data on circles of plastic-coated aluminium seems little better than chiselling ones and noughts on slabs of stone.

Here are 1disc burning tips to help you squeeze more data onto a disc, burn audio discs and more.

ImgBurn

I used to use ImgBurn. It’s a lightweight CD/DVD HD-DVD/Blu-ray burning application that you can install both on Windows and Linux PCs. It’s the most fully-featured burning program out of all competitors. If you’re looking for something advanced and with lots of features ImgBurn is the best candidate.

Beware, though! The ImgBurn installer comes with Potentially Unwanted Programs (how to remove PUPs). You can choose to not install these, but you must specifically opt out.

CDBurnerXP

Despite its name, CDBurnerXP works on all versions of Windows. It perennially ranks among the most popular burning clients on account of its simplicity, feature-set, and lightweight footprint.

DVD Flick

When it comes to authoring your own discs from video files, no free app does it better than DVD Flick. DVD Flick supports a tremendous number of disc formats and codecs. Its defining feature, though, is its ability to create complete DVDs from video and audio files.

Read More — so it’s only a partial replacement for Nero.

DeepBurner

DeepBurner has been around for a while now and remains one of the best Nero alternatives. Not only is it available as a regular installable application — it’s also a portable app. So if you want something you can carry around on your USB flash drive then check this one out.

Ashampoo Burning Studio

The biggest, beefiest, and most fully featured client is Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Edition. Its feature suite appears similar to many of the other programs in this list. However, it ups the ante by throwing in disc ripping capabilities. On the downside, Ashampoo (even the Free Edition) requires registration through the Ashampoo website.

BurnAware

BurnAware’s elegant and simplified interface doesn’t just look great — it’s functional too! It comes with a large number of features, like rewriteable disc support. On top of that, it’s light on resources and supports every other format that you can imagine (including Blu-Ray). Burning is fast because this software burns data directly onto the medium, instead of waiting for “hard disk staging”.

What to Choose

Similarly, if you only want a drive to play DVDs or CDs, then a cheaper model will be fine. While external DVD burners are still very reasonable at a starting price of around £20, deciding on what you will be using the drive for is the best starting point.

Connecting Your Drive

There are currently two versions of USB slots around. USB 2.0 is the standard variety that nearly all computers have while USB 3.0 is the faster version that is the future. USB 3.0 offers transfer rates that are ten times faster and will become the norm in the future, but at the moment the two versions can cause issues.

Many newer laptops will have at least one USB 3.0 port, which is usually blue. Some of the best external DVD drives will be powered by USB 3.0 and will often clearly advertise the fact.

Write Speed

Write speed is the time it takes for a drive to create a new disk. Copying movies or music onto a disk is one of the most useful features of a disk drive and the write speed determines how long that process will take.

Choosing a write speed is all about what the drive will be used for. If you just want to watch movies on the go, a low speed is fine but if you plan on copying a large amount of files, then go for one of the best external DVD drives with something above 20X.

An external DVD drive and writer is the only way to play and burn files onto CDs and DVDs if you do not have a built-in disc writer on your laptop.

Special Features

Silent Play – Reduces noise when playing or writing discs.

Buffer Underrun Free – Prevents common errors when burning discs.

TV Link – Connects to any TV that supports flash drives and allows you to access files on the disc drive.

Slim and Lightweight Design – Will be of importance to you if you plan on taking the device travelling.

Generally, manufacturers term the above features differently for their own branding but they pretty much do the same thing.

Magnetic vs Optical Media

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) is an international trade organization dedicated to the promotion of standardized writable optical technologies and related products. Incorporated in 1992, OSTA is made up of members and associates from the leading optical media manufacturers and resellers of North America, Europe, and Asia. OSTA members include Adaptec, Hewlett-Packard, Philips, and Sony.

Multi-beam CD-ROM Drives

A new technological development, the multi-beam CD-ROM drive uses laser beams instead of one to to produce 36X performance from a 6X rotation speed. Six beams are used for reading data; the other one is used for error correction. A new development by Hi-Val in multi-beam CD-ROM drives, the first 40X drive, utilize laser beams, reading simultaneously. (that read, and one for error correction, the same as above). The yield is true 40X performance and a transfer rate that can reach 6MB/second. The CD-ROM disc rotates as smoothly as a 6X drive.

DVD-ROM Drives

Although DVD-ROM drives have a much lower RPM (revolutions per minute) value, data transfer rates are substantially higher than a CD-ROMdrive at equivalent RPMs, because the data is compressed by the use of a greater number of smaller data pits and a smaller track pitch (the distance between tracks). For example, a 1X DVD-ROM drive transfers data at 1,250KBps, whereas a 1X CD-ROM drive transfers data at only 150KBps. By 1998, multispeed DVD-ROM drives became available that were capable of reading DVD media at double-speed, resulting in a transfer rate of 2,700 KBps, and of rotating CDs at 24X. By the end of that year DVD drive speeds had increased to 5X. Presently, DVD drives are capable of a 6X speed (8,100 KBps) for DVD media and 32X speed for reading CD-ROMs.

CD Recording and Playback

When a CD is placed in a CD player, the recorded track is scanned by a low-intensity infrared laser. To enable a consistent scanning rate (from the smaller center to the larger outside of the disk), the rotation rate slows from 500 to 200 rpm (revolutions per minute) as the laser beam spirals outward. Two additional lasers are sometimes used to help control the focus of the primary laser and the rotation of the disk. The pits and smooth areas (the smooth areas are called lands ) are read by a laser when the disc is played. Pits and lands reflect the light from the laser differently, and that difference is encoded as binary data: the light hitting a land reflects back directly to a photodiode, which generates an electrical pulse, while the light hitting a pit is refracted (deflected from a straight path, or scattered), and, consequently, reduced below the level needed to activate the photodiode. Based on its length, each pit is interpreted as a sequence of zeroes, and, based on its length, each land is interpreted as a sequence of ones. Digital-to-analog conversion translates the binary data into audio signals for reproduction.

Standards and Specifications

According to industry legend, at least the original CD specification (the Red Book) was released in a booklet with a red cover. Although each of the specifications have formal titles, they are generally referred to as different colours of books.

ISO 9660

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9660 is the most common file and directory naming standard, written in 198for CD-ROMs.

The Joliet Specification is an extension of ISO 9660, and was developed by Microsoft for Windows 9It allows CDs to be recorded using long filenames (up to 6characters in length, including spaces). It also allows the use of the Unicode international character set.

CD-ROM Data Storage

Although the disc media and the drives of the CD and CD-ROM are, in principle, the same, there is a difference in the way data storage is organized. Two new sectors were defined, Mode for storing computer data and Mode for compressed audio or video/graphic data.

CD-ROM Mode 1

CD-ROM Mode is the mode used for CD-ROMs that carry data and applications only. In order to access the thousands of data files that may be present on this type of CD, precise addressing is necessary. Data is laid out in nearly the same way as it is on audio disks: data is stored in sectors, which each hold 2,35bytes of data, with an additional number of bytes used for error detection and correction, as well as control structures. For mode CD-ROM data storage, the sectors are further broken down, and 2,04used for the expected data, while the other 30bytes are devoted to extra error detection and correction code, because CD-ROMs are not as fault tolerant as audio CDs. There are 7sectors per second on the disk, which yields a disc capacity of 681,984,000 bytes (650MB) and a single speed transfer rate of 150 KBps, with higher rates for faster CD-ROM drives. Drive speed is expressed as multiples of the single speed transfer rate, as 2X, 4X, 6X, and so on. Most CD-ROM drives support CD-ROM XA and Photo-CD (including multisession disks).

CD-ROM Mode 2

CD-ROM Mode is used for compressed audio/video information and uses only two layers of error detection and correction, the same as the CD-DA. Therefore, all 2,33bytes of data behind the sync and header bytes are for user data. Although the sectors of CD-DA, CD-ROM Mode and Mode are the same size, the amount of data that can be stored varies considerably because of the use of sync and header bytes, error correction and detection. The Mode format offers a flexible method for storing graphics and video. It allows different kinds of data to be mixed together, and became the basis for CD-ROM XA. Mode can be read by normal CD-ROM drives, in conjunction with the appropriate drivers.

Enhanced CD

E-CD specifications are detailed in the Blue Book, a 199supplement to the 198Philips and Sony Orange Book, that was intended as a separate definition for stamped multisession disc format. Because the disks are stamped (pressed from copies of the original recording), they are not user-recordable. The Blue Book, which called the new format CD Plus specified two recording sessions, one for audio data and one for any other included data. Like all CD formats, enhanced CD is based on the original Red Book specifications. E-CD is sometimes called CD-Extra, CD-Plus, stamped multisession, or simply Blue Book format.

E-CD format is designed to overcome the problems of mixed-mode CDs, which also consisted of separate tracks for audio and other data. Mixed-mode disks were often responsible for speaker damage: when a CD player tried to read the data tracks, the result was loud static. Because E-CD data and audio tracks are written in separate sessions, the data track(s) can be made invisible to the CD player, so that only the audio tracks are played.

Multisession CD

A Multisession CD is a recordable CD (like a CD-R) that allows data to be recorded to a disc in more than one recording session. If there is free space left on the CD after the first session, additional data can be written to it at a later date. Every session has its own lead in, program area, and lead out. This takes up about 20MB of space, and therefore, is less efficient than recording data all at once.

Multisession CDs can be read in current CD-ROM drives, unless data is recorded track-by-track or sector by sector. This process is known as packet writing and in this case only newer CD-ROM drives accompanied by appropriate software would be able to read the disk.

Double-Layered DVD Disks

An additional feature that improves efficiency is the dual-directional readability of the second data layer. Unlike standard-density CD-ROMs, which can only be read from the innermost part of the spiral track to the outermost part, the second layer of the double-layered DVD can be written to and read from either direction. This results in faster transitions by the reading laser. It can actually take less time for the reading laser to refocus to retrieve data from a different layer on a DVD than it does for the laser to relocate and retrieve data from a different part of the same layer on a CD-ROM.

An extension of the double-layered disc is the double-sided DVD disk. To enable the refocusing of the read laser, manufacturers have constructed DVD disks with a thinner plastic substrate than that used on a CD-ROM disk. This reduces the distance that the laser must travel to reach the data pits. The resulting disks were only 0.6mm thick, too thin to remain flat and withstand handling. Two disks were then bonded back-to-back resulting in a thickness of 1.2mm, a manageable thickness. This virtually doubled the disc capacity.

DVD Regional Codes

In an effort to control the home release of movies in different countries, motion picture studios have devised a method to prevent playback of certain disks in certain geographical regions. Since theatre releases are not simultaneous, and because studios sell distribution rights to foreign distributors and would like to guarantee exclusive markets, pressure was brought to bear on the writers of the DVD standard. The standard now includes codes that can be used in playback devices to ensure that only disks purchased in the same geographical areas as the players will function properly.

Regional codes are entirely optional for disc manufacturers, however. disks without codes will play on any player regardless of its origin. One byte of information holding the regional code can be checked by the player. There is no encryption involved, but regional codes are a permanent part of the disc with no unlocking mechanism included. Although manufacturers originally planned to code only new releases, most DVD disks today are geographically coded.

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Key Features

Modern laptops are getting thinner and thinner and it seems like manufacturers are getting rid of internal optical drives to keep up with the trend. Many people though still want to enjoy DVD/CD playback so a quick solution to this problem is a performant external CD drive like the one from Cocopa. It comes with USB 3.0 and it’s amazingly easy to use.

The look of this external drive is highly fashionable with an embedded cable design and the scratch-proof exterior is made with a premium material. Sleek compactness seems to be what Cocopa had in mind for this device. There are no compromises on performance however as the unit uses smart burning technology with maximum DVD read speed of 8X, 24X for the read speed of CDs and a maximum CD burn speed of 8X.

Considering a solid number of features and the premium finish of this external drive, it’s safe to say that this is an excellent investment. Cocopa managed to create a very fast and powerful device that supports many formats and media types. It’s also highly compatible with virtually any operating system including Windows 10, so this 3.0 CD drive is a very recommended choice.

How to burn a music CD on Mac

The great thing about Mac computers is that they usually come with all the software an average user may need. CD burning tool is not an exception.

Although iTunes interface might not seem too user-friendly, the software provides a great many functions for music lovers. CD burning is one of them. To burn CD with iTunes, you need to create a playlist of your favorite tracks inside the program.

Media Problems

The quality of your media is directly related with the time the media will last without losing the information. As you can see there are a number of areas where manufacturers can shave a few cents in the overall cost of the media and areas where production can go amiss to dramatically shorten the data life of your stored information.

Delamination and oxidation usually occur at the outer edge of the disc and are often the result of the adhesive not being properly applied and cured during the production process. This usually happens when price-oriented manufacturers use equipment that is 2-generations old and the least expensive materials possible.

You are the greatest danger to the data longevity of your personal, family and business information that is stored on CD and DVD. Direct exposure to sunlight and intense heat can do dramatic damage. Rapid changes in temperature and humidity can stress the materials. Gravity can bend and stress the discs. Fingerprints and smudges can do more damage than scratches.

Choosing a Recorder

You have a number of options for how you approach recording audio, and each has its own advantages. For many, a computer-based recording setup using audio software is the most versatile and convenient solution. Others like the physical control offered by hardware. We will take a look at these different approaches and walk you through the buying considerations for each.

Computer

These days, most home-based recordings are made using a computer or iOS device rather than hardware-based recording consoles or tabletop recorders. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software offers features and capabilities that would otherwise be quite expensive in a hardware-based setup.

Now, you most likely already have a desktop or laptop computer that you have thought of using for your recordings. However, you’ll want to take note of some specs that are important when it comes to deciding whether your computer can handle the job.

Mobile recording with iOS

The rapid development of musician-friendly apps on the iOS platform has led to the introduction of lots of iOS-enabled gear. These days, your iPhone or iPad can be transformed into the command center for all your audio productions. Harnessing the iOS-aware microphones, mixers, interfaces, and controllers found in the Musician’s Friend iOS Store is a highly portable and affordable way to develop your music production skills while creating projects that can rival professional work.

The Shure Motiv MV5large-diaghragm condenser mic connects directly to your Lightning-equipped mobile devices plus Mac and PCs and produces astoundingly detailed recordings with plug ’n’ play simplicity.

Multitrack recorders

If you opt to go for dedicated hardware for your recording rather than a computer-based system, there are a number of options. One of their greatest advantages are dedicated physical knobs, buttons, and faders that can be much easier to use than delving through the often complex multi-layered menus of computer-based software.

A great option to wading through software menus, the Tascam DP-32SD Portastudio offers real hands-on control of all major functions and up to 3tracks of simultaneous playback.

Controls

Some computer interfaces include hardware controls, some have software controls, and some have both. They also often include mixer software to handle routing of the I/O and level meters.

The Mackie Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller Interface features dual Onyx preamps, up to 192kHz/24-bit recording and playback and offers plenty of monitoringchoices.

Choosing Software

Without audio software, computers would not be the music production powerhouses they are today. And there are plenty of software options capable of handling your audio production at every point from start to finish: recording, mixing, editing, mastering, duplicating, and in some cases even songwriting.

Pro Tools is the de facto DAW choice of many world-class studios thanks to its sterling sound, amazing plug-ins and capabilities that will let you conquer the most elaborate audio production challenges.

Explore the capabilities of Pro Tools 12—arguably the most advanced DAW software available today.

Reason is a favorite among producers thanks to its huge set of drums, synths, and effects wrapped up in an intuitive DAW interface.

We’ve just touched on a few of the most popular audio production applications. Explore our huge selection of music software for more great choices.

Studio Monitors

The biamped M-Audio BXCarbon is a trusted monitor in countless home studios due to its flat frequency response and accurate stereo sound field.

For connections, monitors usually have 1/4”, XLR, RCA or S/PDIF jacks. Some offer only unbalanced or balanced I/O, and some have both.

Subwoofers

If you record beat and bass-heavy music or TV and movie soundtrack material, a subwoofer or surround setup will be helpful in monitoring the extended low-frequencies and extra channels necessary in those types of music.

The ADAM Audio Subhas a compact footprint, yet can reproduce frequencies down to 50Hz. Motorized controls allow easy frequency tweaks and wireless remote control.

Audio Playback

Listening using consumer-market headphones also can give you valuable insight about how your mix will sound on headphones that are voiced for the listening pleasure of the average music fan rather than 100% accurate sound as day-to-day recording and mixing headphones require.

Choosing Headphones

Headphones are generally used for monitoring during recording and overdubbing, but high-quality headphones can be used for nearly everything, including critical listening and mixing. When considering headphones, look at the frequency response and THD specs to get an idea of their accuracy. Driver size will also affect how accurately a speaker can reproduce audio, since larger drivers can reproduce low frequencies more accurately. For recording, be sure to get at least one pair of closed-back headphones, which have better acoustic isolation that open-back models. This design prevents sound from the headphones from “bleeding” into the microphones.Listening using consumer-market headphones also can give you valuable insight about how your mix will sound on headphones that are EQd for pleasing rather than accurate sound.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO-80 Headphones have a closed-back design and deliver highly accurate sound reproduction making them a popular choice among recording and mixing pros.

Headphones use either an 1/8” jack or a stereo 1/4” jack, and usually include an adapter for convenience when plugging into equipment that has one, but not the other.

Choosing a CD Duplicator

Between the writable CD-ROM drives available in many computers, and the proliferation of digital media, you might not have considered specialized equipment for duplicating CDs. However, there still is a demand for the CD format, and discs still are a great way to distribute demos and recordings locally.

Choosing Recording Accessories

Some accessories are really necessities, and some simply make recording a little easier. You might need monitor stands, a recording desk, a patchbay, acoustic room treatment materials, a power conditioner, or a rack for your processors. You most likely will also need cables, mic stands, and recording media and extra storage for recorded digital audio.

Sega CDX

This is a relatively compact unit that combines the hardware of both the Genesis and Sega CD into one relatively small unit.  The unit provides two control pad outputs at the front, a small array of CD system control buttons at the front top edge, a CD system door in the middle top and a cartridge slot at the top rear.  AV outputs and AC inputs are found on the sides of the unit.

There are three main USB specifications that USB flash drives can connect through: 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. Each specification publication allows for faster data transfer rates than the previous version. There have also been several prereleases and various updates in addition to these three versions.

USB 1.0 low-speed: Provides a data transfer rate of 1.megabits per second (Mbps).

USB 1.0 high-speed: Has a data transfer rate of 1Mbps.

Version 1.1, an update that fixed various issues in 1.0, was released in September 199and was more widely adopted.

USB 2.0, also known as Hi-Speed USB, was released in April 2000. It was developed by the USB 2.0 Promoter Group, an organization led by Compaq, Hewlett-Packard (now Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Intel, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, NEC Corp. and Philips. USB 2.0 features a maximum data transfer rate of 480 Mbps. This boosted performance by up to 40 times. It is backward-compatible so USB flash drives using original USB technology can easily transition.

USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed USB, was introduced in November 200The first 3.0-compatible USB storage began shipping in January 20SuperSpeed USB was developed by the USB Promoter Group to increase the data transfer rate and lower power consumption. With SuperSpeed USB, the data transfer rate increased times from Hi-Speed USB to Gigabits per second (Gbps). It features lower power requirements when active and idle, and is backward-compatible with USB 2.0. USB 3.1, known as SuperSpeed+ or SuperSpeed USB Gbps, was released in July 201It bumped up the data transfer rate and improved data encoding for higher throughput.

Pros and cons of USB flash drives

USB flash drives are small and light, use little power and have no moving parts. The devices, whether they are encased in plastic or rubber, are strong enough to withstand mechanical shocks, scratches and dust, and generally are waterproof.

Data on USB flash drives can be retained for long periods when the device is unplugged from a computer, or when the computer is powered-down with the drive left in. This makes a USB flash drive convenient for transferring data between a desktop computer and a notebook computer, or for personal backup needs.

Drawbacks to USB flash drives include the ability to handle a limited number of write and erase cycles before the drive fails, data leakage and exposure to malware. Data leakage is a problem because the devices are portable and hard to track. A security breach due to malware can occur when the device is plugged into an infected system. However, encryption and a routine scan of the USB flash drive are common approaches in protecting against a security breach.

Size and weight

The size of a notebook is generally determined by the screen size, though some models have narrower bezels which slightly reduce the overall dimensions. But by and large, if mobility matters to you, look for a model with a 13-inch screen or smaller. If not, you might appreciate the extra screen size of a 15-inch notebook.

Processor and RAM

Arguably, the internal specifications matter more now than ever before. That’s because there’s such as wide range of laptops and price points on offer.

Entry-level 2-in-1s, for example, typically come with a low-end Intel Celeron or Atom processor and a stingy 2GB of RAM. These are fine for web browsing, email, short documents and cloud applications, but not much else.

If you want to do more, make sure you get at least 4GB of RAM and ideally 8GB if you use resource-hungry applications like video or photo editing, or like to run multiple programs simultaneously.

In terms of processing power, the next step up from the entry-level chips is Intel’s Core M range, followed by Core i3, mid-range Core iand high-end Core iJust bear in mind that upping the processing power often has an impact on battery life. That could be one reason why Apple, for example, uses a Core M chip for its latest MacBook.

AMD A-series processors are also sometimes used in budget and mid-range laptops and they’re generally fine.

Storage

Many laptops – and pretty much all 2-in-1s and ultraportables – now use solid state drives (SSDs) instead of traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). This makes them significantly lighter and faster, though with less capacity – typically ranging from 64GB to 256GB of storage.

This is another component that entry-level 2-in-1s tend to scrimp on, with some offering a woeful 32GB of storage. If you can’t stretch your budget beyond one of these, make sure it at least comes with a slot for an SD card so you can add removable storage.

Not all SSDs are the same, though. For example, the new lighting-fast NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drive have had a huge impact on performance.

Similarly, many laptops no longer come with DVD drives to keep the weight down. If you want one, you’ll have to go for a full-size 15-inch laptop or buy a separate portable optical drive.

Battery life

Battery capacity is measured in milli-ampere hours (mAh). However, while a higher-capacity battery will last longer in any given laptop, it’s not a reliable way of comparing notebooks. Other factors, such as the type of processor, screen size and resolution, and how well the system has been optimised, also play important roles.

Manufacturers often provide a rated battery life. These need to be taken with a grain of salt because the manufacturers have often done the testing themselves using different techniques – although you could perhaps use the ratings to compare two models from the same maker.

Hard Drive Specifications and Performance

Storage capacity. HDDs come in all sizes, capping out at 16TB per drive due to physical limitations. On the other hand, SSDs are much smaller and have reached as high as 60TB. Even so, consumer-level SSDs are rarely larger than 1TB as of this writing.

Transfer speeds. The performance of a consumer-level HDD is determined by many factors, but revolutions per minute (RPMs) is an important one. Higher RPMs means faster transferring of data to and from the drive.

You can ignore the drive’s SATA speed. For example, a modern drive might be listed as 3.0GB/s and 7200RPM. That first value is the SATA speed, which describes the theoretical maximum speed of a SATA connection. No HDD can transfer data at that kind of speed. However, a 7200RPM drive will always be faster than a 5400RPM drive.

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If data security is your primary concern, you might consider something like the Transcend 1TB StoreJet MHDD. It comes with military-grade shock resistance, an anti-shock rubber case, an internal suspension system that can survive drops, and built-in 256-bit AES encryption.

If speed is of utmost importance and you don’t have that much data to store, then an external SSD might actually be better than an HDD. These are rarer than external HDDs so pickings are slimmer, but good options do exist, such as the Samsung T500GB Portable SSD. Just note that you must use USB 3.to take advantage of its full transfer speed.

Internal Mac Hard Drives

External Hard Drives for Mac

For external drives, you have several connection options, listed in order of increasing data transfer speeds: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 2, and Thunderbolt (also known as USB Type-C). We recommend USB 3.0 as the absolute lowest you should go.

Read More, including why it’s better than HFS+ and how to use it.

Ways to Read a Mac Formatted Drive in Windows

The Mac drive you are trying to read on Windows may not be broken! Some Mac drives are formatted with HFS+, a file system Windows can’t read unless you use the right tools.

Wrapping It All Up

Sometimes an early death is the fault of the manufacturer, but more often than not, hard drives fail earlier than they should because we don’t take care of them.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your optical drive wisely! Good luck!

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