Compatible USB/Firewire Optical Drives

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Postby andreysh » Tue Jan 29, 2008 07:57

I tried several DVD-R/RW USB Drives for notebooks. All of them work fine with my UX380N.
All of them can boot, but only from one USB located on UX, and not from replicator.
If UX can boot from DVD-R/RW USB Drive, then one can be shure that it will be installed and work under Windows.

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Postby Apache » Thu Jan 31, 2008 03:54

mysticode wrote:Manufaturer: LG
Model: GSA-E50L
Type (USB/Firewire): USB
Can Create Recovery Discs (Y/N): Yes
Can Boot Recovery Discs (Y/N): Yes
UX Model Tested With: UX280P
Other Notes: Ultra thin 8X speed. Needs NO AC ADAPTOR! Runs straight from USB. Lightscribe capable.

Is compatible with UX380 ?

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Postby mysticode » Fri Feb 01, 2008 18:50

Apache wrote:Is compatible with UX380 ?

If it works with the UX280, it should work with the 380 (the hardware isn't that different) - the only problem that you could possibly face is Vista incompatibilities but according to LG's site, the drive is Vista compatible.

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Postby Apache » Fri Feb 01, 2008 22:05

Thank you for answer ! andreysh

I buyed and work !
I write next days a little review !

Good luck !

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Postby halx » Fri Feb 15, 2008 20:50

Got this thing of eBay:
Laptop/Notebook Slim DVD/CD to USB Adapter , mini ITX
Less than $10 shipped. Used it with some laptop scrap DVD/CD-RW combo drive. Works perfectly! Also it looks like I'm saving some weight on an external case for that DVD/CDRW :)
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[SIZE="1"][color="Gray"]SONY VAIO UX VGN-UX490N/C (XP32 SP3)[/color][/SIZE]

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$19.95 Optical Drive

Postby orbmega » Sat Feb 23, 2008 13:18

For all those that do not really need an optical drive all that often and need to restore the OS in a pinch...
Try one these

and an inexpensive IDE DVD drive.

I dual booted with vista and during my tweeking I damaged my XP partition on my UX280P.

Nothing would work and I remember I had one these USB to SATA-IDE adapters laying around and just about anyone has an IDE drive they can borrow.

Without hesitation I proceeded to recover my PC and I saved my own day. LOL

Any way is good to have one of these converters around in an emergency.


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Postby hunter306 » Wed Mar 05, 2008 20:19

gixxer wrote:Manufacturer: PLEXTOR
Model: PX-716UF
Type (USB/Firewire): Firewire (S400)/USB 2.0
Can Create Recovery Discs (Y/N): Y
Can Boot Recovery Discs (Y/N): Y
UX Model Tested With: UX380N
Other Notes: FAST !!!

PX-716UF is confirmed as Bootable, in USB2 mode.

Can Boot Recovery Discs, Windows XP installation, Etc.
Tested on the UX-380N
Vaio UX-380N Owner

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Postby grindcoreownage » Tue Mar 11, 2008 03:43

Manufaturer: Lite-On
Model: SOHW-1633SX
Type (USB/Firewire): USB
Can Create Recovery Discs (Y/N): Yes
Can Boot Recovery Discs (Y/N): Yes
UX Model Tested With: UX390N
Other Notes: Had a problem burning the recovery discs at first. Enabled the administrator account and the dvds burned fine.

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Postby blaster88 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 14:46

LaCie DVD±RW with LightScribe, Design by F.A. Porsche

No model number, the drive itself appears to be a Samsung S162L

Type: USB
Can create Recovery Disks: Y (docked)
Can boot Recovery Disks: not tested, but can boot XP media docked
UX model tested with: UX 490N

Undocked the drive is recognized but won't boot.

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Postby fishcube » Fri Sep 05, 2008 19:07

Any other good choices for DVD drive? Usb powered only. And it needs to power using one usb cord, not two. Want something I can run off of UX itself.

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