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Mini Review of the Samsung SE-S084 External DVD drive


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I purchased this DVD drive for use with both a Netbook and the Windows Home Server.

One reason I have it for the WHS is to copy data directly to the WHS from disc, instead of over the network. With a baby in the house, we take a LOT of photos and videos. Costco does excellent, high resolution photo discs from film, and with my camcorder 20 minutes fills a 1.4GB disc.

Pros: Small, lightweight

Worked on my Netbook with Windows XP, my desktop with Vista Home 64-bit, and the WHS, without having me to download or install any drivers or software. Windows found it and installed the driver for me. Seems like it is cheap and not durable, but it seems to be holding up fine. I take it with me on all business and personal trips, and it still works.


Apparently not bootable. I personally haven’t tried this, since that’s not my intent, nor most likely not your intent either. I highly suggest if you need to boot from disc to use a USB drive instead.


Acceptable. It’s a portable drive, and that’s what it is best at. It’s not a speed demon. Compared to my internal DVD drive, it’s a bit slow. From the specs, we can see that it is not intended to be fast. Most likely it would require much more power to spin the disc faster.


It uses one of those USB splitters for power. It runs entirely off of the computer’s USB power. This is either a pro or a con, depending on your view. It’s not actually an acceptable use as defined by the USB standard, though. Some computers USB ports provide enough power for it with only the primary connection. I’ve found this to be unreliable, so I use both USB plugs.


If you are looking for an inexpensive little external USB-powered DVD drive, then this should work for you.

SE-S084B/RSBN External 8x USB 2.0 DVD Writer – tray loading

Mobile drive with sleek design matches various netbook and notebook PCs. Single cable for data transmission and power supply. Includes powerful overspeed support, low noise and vibration control for high speed

Key Specifications

Interface: USB 2.0
Buffer memory: 2MB
Weight: .4kg
Dimensions: Dimensions: 141x19x157mm
Supported Discs

Data Transfer Rate

Media Type Write Read
DVD+R 8x (10.8MB/s) 8x (10.8MB/s)
DVD+R DL 6x (8.1MB/s) 6x (8.1MB/s)
DVD+RW 8x (10.8MB/s) 8x (10.8MB/s)
DVD-R 8x (10.8MB/s) 8x (10.8MB/s)
DVD-R DL 6x (8.1MB/s) 8x (10.8MB/s)
DVD-RAM 5x (6.75MB/s) 5x (6.75MB/s)
DVD-RW 6x (8.1MB/s) 8x (10.8MB/s)
DVD-ROM 8x (10.8MB/s)
CD-ROM 24x (3.6MB/s)
CD-R 24x (3.6MB/s) 24x (3.6MB/s)
CD-RW 24x (3.6MB/s) 24x (3.6MB/s)
Michael Peelehttp://
Michael Peele has been an IT manager for more than 11 years, with a current day-job at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. Michael is a self-proclaimed "advanced novice" or "power user", and feels that he is the target audience for Windows Home Server. He beta-tested Windows 95, and is a general early-adopter (not much of a beta-tester, though), he purchased Vista 64-bit early on. He has a wide range of experience in technology management, and works as an independent consultant, periodically, primarily for IT Management and IT Security services. He has presented at numerous conferences and written several articles (primarily university-related). Many years ago, he worked on a team writing a hint book for id's Quake. Michael has a number of qualifications, including a MS in Technology Management, BS in Electrical Engineering, and multiple certifications, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP), is Board Certified in Security Management (CPP), and is considering other IT certifications, such as A+, Network+, Security+, SSCP/CISSP, and some Microsoft certifications, but hasn't had reason to sit for the tests.


  1. This is the external that I use with my MSS and netbook. I swear I booted a Win7 install with it but now am unsure. I did most of my installs via USB key.

    It's a great reader/writer, compact, and no power brick to tote around. That's a PRO for me. I've used a Zune USB charger before to minimize battery drain on my netbook.

    It works great for ripping movies into WHS.


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