USB external DVD writer

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I bought a Samsung external CD/DVD reader/writer, and
discovered that it's just an ols IDE device, inside a box with a
USB interface added. Which is OK since I can use it externally
hot plugged via USB, or I can plug the IDE internal to my
spare box which has no USB facility.

Connected as an IDE, the BIOS detects a ...DVDW....

How do I write CDs or DVDs ; should I just buy some blanks
and 'write as if it was a hard-disk' ?

I was expecting/hoping that to be able to just plug in an
old IDE hard-disk to the USB interface, but I can't mount it.
It is detected [differently when powered on or off] & I tried
/dev/sda, sda1, sr0; and get error: 'not a valid block device'.

scd0 shows: 'bad super block bad type ..etc.' error.

I got this:--
] # mount /dev/scd0  /mnt/scd0 -t vfat
] mount: block device /dev/scd0 is write-protected, mounting read-only
] mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/scd0,
]        or too many mounted file systems
]        (could this be the IDE device where you in fact use
]        ide-scsi so that sr0 or sda or so is needed?)

Q2. Perhaps next time I boot, dmesg will tell me something,
or is it not possible to use the CDROM's USB <-> IDE interface
to drive a hard-disk ?

== TIA.

Re: USB external DVD writer

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If you want to connect an IDE hard drive to USB, you can buy a device to do
that. I doubt that the CDROM interface will work with a hard drive, but
you can try "fdisk /dev/sda".

Re: USB external DVD writer writes:

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No, it can't be written to like a hard disk.  There are several
applications to do this; cdroast or wodim on the command lie, xcdroast
or gcdmaster or brasero for a gui, I think there's a drag-n-drop style
interface for gnome.  Those are starting points; there are a zillion
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Re: USB external DVD writer wrote:
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To do this properly you need DVD Writing Software. On my Ubuntu system
   it comes with "Brasero Disc Burner."

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