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    Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    I have an older Dell laptop. The CD/DVD drive broke. I'd like to get an external CD/DVD drive that can connect via USB. I am pretty computer illiterate, so I have no clue what to look for. Can anyone help me out? Cheaper is better, but it needs to have relatively good reviews, because we can't afford to replace it in a few months.

    My uncle got me Family Tree Maker 2010, but I didn't have the heart to tell him I can't install/use it until I get a new drive.
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...es&Order=PRICE
    I love me some Newegg. They have good prices, and they are good with warranty issues. I have purchased from them several times, never had a problem with the company.

    Read reviews. Some of the products they sell are great, some not so much.

    Do you want a burner (CD recorder)? DVD, or just CD?
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    A CD burner is probably essential, DVD burner is optional (but nice). I tried looking on Amazon, but I got overwhelmed with all the choices. I can't figure out if some are only for specific brands of computers, or if some connect in another way besides USB...like I said, I am pretty dumb when it comes to computer stuff.
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Gabe says, "why did you ask today? They were on sale yesterday at Best Buy!"

    He would have picked one up. I can check today to see, if you want.

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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Gabe says you want a DVD drive. Burner would be nice too.

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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Judi View Post
    Gabe says, "why did you ask today? They were on sale yesterday at Best Buy!"

    He would have picked one up. I can check today to see, if you want.
    I didn't even think about it. I have a pretty one-track mind. I made up my mind to ignore Black Friday entirely (makes sense, since we are very financially limited right now, LOL).
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Cyber Monday might be good for that, though. I held off on my electronics wish list until Monday. We'll see if it pays off, so to speak.
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by UlrikeDG View Post
    Cyber Monday might be good for that, though. I held off on my electronics wish list until Monday. We'll see if it pays off, so to speak.
    Oh, Cyber Monday...totally forgot about that. Is there any way to check ads for Cyber Monday items/prices? Where would be the best bets for something like a DVD drive? I was just checking out Pixel's link to NewEgg, and it appears they have what I need for $35-$50. Amazon's cheapest were $40ish, and I have a $10 Amazon credit.

    I just don't know what I need, or what to look for. All the different types, speeds listed for various disc types, all of that confuses me.
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Major retailers probably have their Cyber Monday ads online, on their websites.
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Maybe post the model(s) you're looking at and see if anyone has any feedback? I don't know jack about CD drives, but I'm sure someone else will have an opinion.
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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Out Best Buy didn't sell out! LG GP08. $39.99

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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Answer your phone!

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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Ok, I am buying it. If you find a better deal Monday, I can return it. Or maybe the roomy will want one. So I am in line.

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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Thanks, Judi! Remember, I am on dial-up, so chances are if you call me and get my voicemail, I am online.
    ~Jenny

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    Re: Need help finding external CD/DVD drive for laptop

    Yeah, I thought of that. Will try fb next time.

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