Good DVD writer, short cable
Bought this for using installation/repair discs on devices without an internal drive. It works great, except the USB cable that comes with it is about 12 inches long. I didn't think this was a problem at first - I found another miniUSB cable I had lying around, plugged it in, and used it to boot up a Windows 7 install disc just fine.
The problems started after I booted into my Windows 7 64-bit install. Windows refused to recognize the device. After some frustrating searches for downloadable drivers (hint: they don't exist), I finally tried plugging in the original, length-challenged cable... and only then did it work. Even after Windows installed the drivers for it, the drive only works with the original cable. Kind of a bummer. Where did the 3' cable from the last review go?
November 1, 2013