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Old Feb 23rd, 2016, 11:46 PM   #1
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I have a new mac mini. What would be the best external cd to buy to rip my music?
I have about 2000 cds, so it has to be good.
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Old Feb 24th, 2016, 01:57 AM   #2
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Well, you could buy the one Apple sells.
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I bought the Samsung external super drive a couple of years back. While it is not quite as 'elegant' in appearance as the Apple model, it has been rock solid and performed flawlessly. It does everything the Apple model does as well. The best part is that it costs about 40% LESS than the Apple SD.
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I have an Asus that has also performed faultlessly for several years and is also substantially cheaper that the Apple version.
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Old Feb 24th, 2016, 09:58 AM   #5
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I bought the Samsung external super drive a couple of years back. While it is not quite as 'elegant' in appearance as the Apple model, it has been rock solid and performed flawlessly. It does everything the Apple model does as well. The best part is that it costs about 40% LESS than the Apple SD.
Hopefully that does not share some of the more loathsome features of the Samsung SMART TVs.
Might wanna wrap it in foil just in case.

And yes Samsung des seem fairly reliable!
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Old Feb 24th, 2016, 10:52 AM   #6
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I'm going to go with this one.
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I've also had an external Samsung one (black, not at home to get the model number) but I have never had an issue with it on various OS's (windows and mac). It has to be 10 years old now.

I think one of the best features of it is that it's completely bus powered. Yes it takes 2 USB slots but I have had it running on just one for CD/DVD reading (I would assume it wouldn't burn properly on just one USB).

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My Samsung is also black, but only takes one USB 3 port to operate.
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Any old device will do, especially the old sturdy 5 1/2" drives.
Some years ago, I got my hands on some Samsung SH-S 202s for about 5$ each in different junk shops. Ata drives still, manufacturing date 2008. Both miraculously seemed brand new, language zones not having been chosen yet.
They can even burn DVD RAM.

1 of them I put in a USB Icybox enclosure I happened to have lying around. The 2nd in a LaCie FW 400 enclosure, out of which I removed its original CD-Rom writer. Both enclosures have their own, sturdy external power supplies.

Over the years, they have proven very reliable, whereas the newer ones seem pretty flimsy. BTW: both of them still work pretty well.

You'll be pretty hard pressed to find New-Old-Stock Ata DVD burners right now. But you might try a creative solution like this. Very possibly you may have the enclosures you need lying around at your place.

Be they SATA enclosures: even easier: just buy some PC Samsung DVD burners to go with them for no money...

Lets be clear about his: CDs carry Red Book Audio data which is pretty basic. Just about any CD reader will do. Digital data, no?

Just don't, repeat don't buy the overpriced Apple model which will only work if your Mac does not carry an optical drive from its inception!

N.B.: USB3 is not a bonus with the slow speed of optical media. USB3 Busspower is, yes, with its higher power yield.

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My Samsung is also black, but only takes one USB 3 port to operate.

Those USB 3 ports are nice and can provide almost twice the current of the older USB 2.0 ports, but only if and when one uses the proper cables if needed, USB 2 cables don't support 900mA.

Just in case some don't know…
https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201163


PS: Actually they can support 1.5A for some charging type purposes, but no data exchange at the same time. Something Apple doesn't seem to mention. But that's another subject for another time…
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