Hi there,Like many I'm thinking of going the lossless library route, I've recently bought a new Macbook Pro, and imported about 300 discs lossless in iTunes, now I'm thinking about bitting the bullet and doing all my main library which is about 1000 discs, will dump the rest that I haven't listened to in years.Not wanting to ruin my internal drive in the Macbook Pro as I plan on keeping it for at least a good few years, I've been thinking about getting an external drive, as replacing the external is easier and cheaper in the future. I've been looking at the Lacie USB2 DVD drives.Has anyone tried any of these external drives with XLD?Flow will be, External DVD drive > XLD > FLAC > ALAC > iTunes.Intending to store all the CD's in FLAC as it's easier over the long run and can convert easily to any format. Got loads of space so storage is no problem.Any help / advice would be great, would like to order the external drive ASAP and get started, thats if external drives work with XLD.Thanks
I haven't had any problems but the speed isn't all that good so if you're going to rip 1000 discs then prepared to wait for a while.Btw, do you have AppleCare? if there is one thing to purchase it is AppleCare since I have it both on my iMac and MacBook - it has saved me a couple of times, my DVD drive in my iMac being an example of something that was replaced because of it.
QuoteI haven't had any problems but the speed isn't all that good so if you're going to rip 1000 discs then prepared to wait for a while.Btw, do you have AppleCare? if there is one thing to purchase it is AppleCare since I have it both on my iMac and MacBook - it has saved me a couple of times, my DVD drive in my iMac being an example of something that was replaced because of it.I do have applecare, got it dirt cheap. I've had the machine for a few months now and after the 300 CDs done so far I don't really want to wreck the drive. Well thats the option anyway, wreck the drive and get it replaced, but this is my main machine and don't really want to be without it or buy an external for all the ripping to save the drive. I'm guessing the 300 i've has just broke the drive in a bit as these things normally last years.Ripping speed on the internal is poor as is, 2.5x with C2 off, 4.5x with C2 On. Can it really get much worse than this?Thanks
I am using an external ATAPI DVD A in a firewire case and i have had no issues at all ripping 100's of cd's. Speed has been many times faster than the internal in my iMac and MacMini. The slot loading drives on the iMacs are extremely terrible in performance, speed and build quality. I had many replaced under Apple Care until i just gave up and went bough an external.
Scratched disc always have worked better from Firewire.
Hmm, interesting...@fearcampaign: Is the enclosure Plextor-branded, as well, or is it a different make?@greynol: Just to clarify - by chipsets, you mean USB<->IDE/SATA bridges in the external enclosures?I'm wondering if this is a drive-specific cache issue - I don't see any option in XLD to explicitly disable caching. Does it try to automatically determine if a drive caches audio?
Regarding fearcampaign's "all that good stuff," from my limited understanding, I thought use of C2 pointers and cdparanoia were mutually exclusive.