Re: Parallel attached CDR - recomendations?
> > I am looking for a method to archive a bunch of stuff off of a couple
> > different computers and since one is a laptop and one a desktop, it
> > seems a parallel attached CDR drive might be the answer (I'm not
> > enthused about Zip or Iomega drives). I know that the kernel has
> > support for these devices, but I would like others' opinions on a good
> > drive, write reliability, etc. Speed is secondary at this point and a 2
> I've never tried one of these. But an external scsi writer is another
> solution. Maybe it's more expensive but i think it's more reliable than a
> parrallel writer.
Hmm, well, there are some PCMCIA to SCSI cards, that's true. Not exactly
lightweight anymore when you're talking about lugging the device around, tho.
I just purchased a CenDyne CD-rewriter (4x, 4x, 20x read). From its PCMCIA
cord, it works okay so far -- needed to hit the power button on the side
*after* the card was inserted to properly establish it (in other words, merely
having power plugged in wasn't enough, the card needs the power surge, then
it's a happy ATAPI) but that's okay. The disc bay is not notably taller than
my Addonics; the brick isn't very heavy, nor all that large (circa 2" x 2.5")
I haven't burned enough discs with it to have good statistics on that yet.
Disadvantage over my Addonics CDrom bay is it requires external power, period;
but, that's an acceptible limitation for a high capacity writing device, to me.
If I only need a reader I'll still carry the Addonics.
CenDyne also offers the same device with a USB cord, or I can order a cendyne-
to-USB cord for it. (For those of you in California, I could only find the
PCMCIA box at Fry's.) The price was less than Addonics' CDRW by better than
$100, and I couldn't find the Addonics one in a store anyway.
* Heather Stern * star@ many places...