13 Best External Optical Drives

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling External Optical Drives in 2020


External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable Slim External DVD Drive, Gipow External DVD CD Drive & CD DVD +/-RW Writer/Rewriter/Player High Speed Data Transfer (Black)

External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable Slim External DVD Drive, Gipow External DVD CD Drive & CD DVD +/-RW Writer/Rewriter/Player High Speed Data Transfer (Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

ASUS ZenDrive Ultra Slim USB 2.0 External 8X DVD Optical Drive +/-RW with M-Disc Support for Windows and Mac and Nero BackItUp for Android Devices

ASUS ZenDrive Ultra Slim USB 2.0 External 8X DVD Optical Drive +/-RW with M-Disc Support for Windows and Mac and Nero BackItUp for Android Devices
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • 8X DVD write speed, ASUS ZenDrive U7M provides a complete, easy-to-use backup solution.
  • ASUS ZenDrive U7M has an ultra-slim, 13mm form factor, making it the perfect companion to thin and light laptops.
  • M-DISC is designed to protect your memories from degradation and data loss for 1,000 years or more.
  • Nero Backup full back up solution for Android devices
  • Windows and Mac compatible

Chuanganzhuo External Optical Drive USB 2.0 DVD/CD Player for Mac Windows 2000 / XP/Vista / Win 7/ Win 8 / Win 10,Ultra Notebook PC Desktop Computer,Black (DVD-ROM)

Chuanganzhuo External Optical Drive USB 2.0 DVD/CD Player for Mac Windows 2000 / XP/Vista / Win 7/ Win 8 / Win 10,Ultra Notebook PC Desktop Computer,Black (DVD-ROM)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • External Optical Drive USB 2.0 DVD/CD Player For Mac Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Win 7/ Win 8 / Win 10,Ultra Notebook PC Desktop Computer,Black (DVD-Rom)
  • True mobility,it does not require any AC adaptor, No external power is needed, fully powered by USB ports
  • Compact USB 2.0 superdriver,you can play any CDs or DVDs at anytime, but it only can read CD and DVD,It can not burn CD or DVD
  • With Slim, Light-weight and Shockproof Design, you can put it in the travelling bag or on your desk.,really very convenient for your life
  • Support Mac Windows 2000 / XP / Vista/Win 7/Win 8/Win 10 Notepook,PC,Desktop such as Dell, Acer, Sony, HP etc

Dell USB DVD Drive-DW316

Dell USB DVD Drive-DW316
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Dvdrw (R DL)/ DVD-RAM
  • 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVD) read speed
  • 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVDR)/ 6x (DVDR DL) write speed

External CD Drive, Invin USB 3.0 Ultra Slim Portable High Speed Optical CD DVD RW DVD ROM Drive Writer Burner for Laptop Notebook PC Desktop Computer Support Windows/Vista/7/8.1/10, Mac OSX (Black) …

External CD Drive, Invin USB 3.0 Ultra Slim Portable High Speed Optical CD DVD RW DVD ROM Drive Writer Burner for Laptop Notebook PC Desktop Computer Support Windows/Vista/7/8.1/10, Mac OSX (Black) …
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer Drive +/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support (Black) GP65NB60

LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer Drive +/-RW External Drive with M-DISC Support (Black) GP65NB60
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • 14mm Height Ultra Slim Portable DVD Writer Drive
  • USB 2.0 interface (up to 480Mbits/s, USB 3.0 Compatible)
  • Max 8x DVDR Write Speed
  • Max 24x CD Write Speed
  • Slim Design.Dimension(inches):5.6 x 0.6 x 5.4
  • Slim Design
  • With Cyberlink Software
  • M-Disc

Vantec NST-536S3-BK NexStar DX USB 3.0 External Enclosure for SATA Blu-Ray/CD/DVD Drive All Black

Vantec NST-536S3-BK NexStar DX USB 3.0 External Enclosure for SATA Blu-Ray/CD/DVD Drive All Black
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Design for 5.25" Blu-ray/CD/DVD Drive
  • Super speed USB 3.0 transfer rate
  • Plug and play: add Your Optical Drive to the case, No drivers needed
  • Hot swappable for system equipped with USB port
  • Aluminum case for reduced noise and vibration
  • * Optical Disk Drive Not Included

ROOFULL External DVD Drive USB 3.0, Portable CD DVD +/-RW Optical Drive Burner Writer, Compatible for Windows 10/8 / 7 Laptop Desktop PC of HP Dell LG Asus Acer LG Lenovo Thinkpad, Black

ROOFULL External DVD Drive USB 3.0, Portable CD DVD +/-RW Optical Drive Burner Writer, Compatible for Windows 10/8 / 7 Laptop Desktop PC of HP Dell LG Asus Acer LG Lenovo Thinkpad, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • PLUG AND PLAY - No need any driver and extra power supply. Just plug into the USB 3.0 port direclty on laptops or computers with Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 / 8.1 / 10, Linux and up to Mac 10.10.4 OS, normally it will be recognized automatically, it's ease of use
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL OPTICAL DRIVE - It's not only a reader, but also writer / rewriter / burner for your computers. Allow you to watch movies, listen to music, create backup disc, install software or burn music disc. Support CD-R, CD-ROM, CD+/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL, VCD discs
  • POWERED BY USB 3.0 - High speed USB 3.0 external DVD drive for laptop with low impedance & anti-interference ability, bring you fast and more smooth experience. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0
  • PORTABLE ASSISTANT - Slim compact design bringing you rich audio-visual entertainment, efficient office and learning with your one or more laptop at anytime anywhere, no matter at home, in office or on a trip
  • HIGH QUALITY - 100% durable brand new DVD loader with 1 Years Hassle-Free Warranty and Free Lifetime Tech Support (Search "ROOFULL" on Google to contact us at any time,1 working day reply and 100% satisfaction is guaranteed)

External DVD Drive,Ultra Portable Optical USB 3.0 CD DVD-RW Drive, External CD/DVD-RW Burner Drive Writer for Laptop and Desktop PC Win XP 7 8 10 Linux OS Apple Mac MacBook Pro (Black)

External DVD Drive,Ultra Portable Optical USB 3.0 CD DVD-RW Drive, External CD/DVD-RW Burner Drive Writer for Laptop and Desktop PC Win XP 7 8 10 Linux OS Apple Mac MacBook Pro (Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Brand new from ALAYAGLORY ,Easy to Use. Plug and play.Don't need to install software to set for driver. No external drive needed. Adopted advanced super slim internal chip, DVD-RW burner supports playing music, movies or copying/burning movies and music to DVD or CD.Download player software(VLC,GOM or MPC-HC) to play DVD if it can't play dvd
  • Good Performance.It features strong error-correcting ability, anti-shock and noise reduction technology, low power consumption, and powered by the USB port, no external AC adapter needed. No extra driver needed. Plug and play ,no complicated installation, easy to use.
  • Advanced Burning Technology.Adopted unique intelligent burning technology, you can burn your disc or interrupt recording at your ease. Pop-up button and disc tray design make it convenient to read or write discs.
  • Universal Compatibility .It is Compatible with various systems such as Windows 98 SE,ME,2000,XP,Vista,,Win 7/8.1/10,Windows Server 2008, 2012, Mac OS 8.6, Mac10 OS, Linux and all versions of Mac OS System and other systems.Support all types of Laptops, Macbook, PC, Desktops.[ Tips : For the desktops, please connect the device to the USB port of the motherboard for normal use.]
  • 24 Month Long Time Warranty: 60 days Replacement service or Full Refund if you are not satisfied.Customer satisfaction is our always pursuit goal.If there is any problem with the item,simply send an email to us,then we would solve the problem soonest for you.

External Optical Drive USB 2.0 DVD/CD Player for Mac Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7/ Win 8/Win 10,Ultra Notebook PC Desktop Computer+Dustproof Bag Case,Black

External Optical Drive USB 2.0 DVD/CD Player for Mac Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7/ Win 8/Win 10,Ultra Notebook PC Desktop Computer+Dustproof Bag Case,Black
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • DVD/CD Player+External Dustproof and Scratch-resistant Bag(Black)=Best Companion
  • True mobility,it does not require any AC adaptor, No external power is needed, fully powered by USB ports
  • Compact USB 2.0 superdriver,you can play any CDs or DVDs at anytime, but it only can read CD and DVD,It can not burn CD or DVD
  • With Slim, Light-weight and Shockproof Design, you can put it in the travelling bag or on your desk.,really very convenient for your life,Support for Mac Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7/Win 8/Win 10 Notepook,PC,Desktop such as for Macbook air,for Dell, for Acer, for Sony, for HP etc,
  • Note when use:Both of 2 USB cables are necessary for use,one provide power,one transmit data,please plug them into rear USB connector of motherboard directly,so our external drive can get sufficient power to work well

Dell External USB Ultra Slim USB DVD +/- RW Optical Drive 429-AAUQ

Dell External USB Ultra Slim USB DVD +/- RW Optical Drive 429-AAUQ
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Lacdo Shockproof External USB CD DVD Writer Blu-Ray & External Hard Drive Neoprene Protective Storage Carrying Sleeve Case Pouch Bag With Extra Storage Pocket for Apple MD564ZM/A USB 2.0 SuperDrive / Apple Magic Trackpad / SAMSUNG SE-208GB SE-208DB SE-218GN SE-218CB / LG GP50NB40 GP60NS50 / ASUS External DVD Drives (Black)

Lacdo Shockproof External USB CD DVD Writer Blu-Ray & External Hard Drive Neoprene Protective Storage Carrying Sleeve Case Pouch Bag With Extra Storage Pocket for Apple MD564ZM/A USB 2.0 SuperDrive / Apple Magic Trackpad / SAMSUNG SE-208GB SE-208DB SE-218GN SE-218CB / LG GP50NB40 GP60NS50 / ASUS External DVD Drives (Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Lacdo (TM) Designed Specifically for External DVD Drives / Hard Drive /GPS
  • Shockproof bubble padded interior cushion shock absorbing protects your device from bumps, scratches, and dents.
  • Waterproof with Soft and durable neoprene, Multiple Colors The interior and zipper seam are to match your style.
  • Invisible Zipper Line for a Touch of Simple Elegance. Side Pocket for charger and cables
  • Dimensions: Exterior: 7.52" x7.08" x 1.3" Interior: 7.12" x6.7" x 1.18" (L x W x H)

Cocopa USB 3.0 External CD Drive, CD/DVD-RW Drive, CD-RW Rewriter Burner Superdrive For High Speed Data Transfer for Laptop Notebook PC Desktop Computer Support Windows/ Vista/7/8.1/10, Mac OSX

Cocopa USB 3.0 External CD Drive, CD/DVD-RW Drive, CD-RW Rewriter Burner Superdrive For High Speed Data Transfer for Laptop Notebook PC Desktop Computer Support Windows/ Vista/7/8.1/10, Mac OSX
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • USB 3.0 Interface: It comes with standard USB 3.0 transmission which provide faster data transfer rates. Pure-copper-knitted-net tech leads to smaller resistance, stronger shielding capability, more stable data transmission. It is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Easy to Use: It is plug and play, powered by the USB port, no external power and driver required. USB 3.0 DVD dirver is a perfect companion for computers without the internal drive. You can burn files, install software and create a backup CD.
  • Fashion Design: Embedded cable design, made with premium wire drawing material, enough fashionable and scratch-proof exterior. This CD/DVD driver is slim, lightweight, compact, portable.
  • High speed: Adopted unique intelligent burning technology, this CD-RW combo drive supported DVD+R, DVD-R, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW. Max DVD read speed 8X; Max CD read speed 24X and max CD burn speed 8X.
  • Compatible Systems: This DVD drive is ideal for various devices. It support Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8.1/10, Linux, all version Mac OS system. Support Laptop, Notebook, PC, Desktop Computer. For the desktops, please connect the device to the USB port of the motherboard for normal use

Non-Techie Review: Seagate FreeAgent Desk External Drive 500 GB

Has your computer's hard drive ever failed causing you to lose some important data or photographs? The Seagate FreeAgent Desk External Drive is super easy to install; even a non-techie will have no problem.

Our Dell computer has been reliable over the years, so I have been lulled into not routinely backing up important files. I try to remember to backup but I do not seem to get around to doing it on a schedule. I really needed a programmable external drive to back up automatically, especially because I can be forgetful about these kinds of things.

Price was right. The Drive lists at $99.99 but you can pick it up cheaper when it goes on sale like I did. There were a few models to choose from, but I liked the fact that this drive had 500 GB capacity, much more than the hard drive on my computer. I had put off buying an external drive because I was not sure exactly how to set one up and they seemed to be priced on the high side to me.

Packaging was wrong. The box contained the silver drive, software pre-loaded on the drive, a quick start guide, base stand, rubber feet for the base, USB cable, and an AC adaptor/cord. The box is larger than the drive itself as it contains a plastic packing form inside. Seagate should redesign the box and eliminate the unnecessary overpackaging.

Operating system requirements are stated on the box. OS requirements for this unit are Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, or Business Service Pack-1 Windows XP Home, Professional, or Media Center Edition Service Pack-2. I have Windows XP and the unit set up very fast and easy. There is a Mac desk drive available, too.

FreeAgent Desk drive model specifics. Seagate provides a 5 year limited warranty; don't forget to register on their site. This particular model # ST305004FDA2E1-RK has 500 GB memory, and is able to store up to 160,000 photos, 120,000 mp3s, or up to 500 hours of video. It connects to your computer via a USB 2.0 port.

The drive is lightweight at 2-3/4 lbs. Once the base is attached, it stands 7-3/8" tall, 7" long, and 2-½" wide. I do not like the little rubber feet because they do not attach securely to the base. When I moved the drive on the desk, I left the feet behind. A little super glue fixed that problem. The unit is silver and has the Seagate logo lit up. The unit can stand up on its little rubber feet, or laid flat on its side. Just remember not to set anything on the drive and keep it away from the edge of your desk.

Quick Start Guide included. I spent 5 minutes looking for the "real" instruction book because non-techies must always read instructions. The Quick Start Guide is actually one sheet of paper with a set of drawings. Follow the pictures and plug the drive into the wall socket with the AC adaptor/cord. Then use the USB cable to plug the drive into a computer. Your computer will recognize the software and the installer will begin immediately. You will have to assign the drive a letter.

Green means "go"; red means "no." Once installed, a little green icon sits in your quick launch toolbar. Double-clicking opens up the Seagate Manager software. The drive can be set to auto-backup or auto-sync; or, you can manually backup or sync. I set the FreeAgent Desk Drive to auto-backup some very important files (schoolwork) at a certain time, 9:00 PM. The Manager indicates when the last back up was completed.

The unit makes a little whirring sound when backing up or when accessing the drive. The rest of the time, it is silent. If for some reason, the computer is off during the scheduled auto-backup and the backup is missed, the little green icon turns red letting you know backup failed.

It is also easy to auto-encrypt files by dragging them into the Encryption Tool. This protects files and keeps them private so it is a good idea to do this with your tax or bank files. If you have Quicken or MS Money or any other money management or banking software, consider encrypting your files for an extra measure of security.

Energy saving features. If the drive is idle for 15 minutes, it goes into a resting mode to save energy. It "wakes" back up when you click on My Computer or search for or save a file. Clicking the question mark in the Seagate Manager opens the easy-to-navigate-and-understand User Manual in a browser window. You can "test" the Drive to ensure that everything is working properly. If you do not like the lights on the unit, you can turn the lights off using the Settings link.

Fast set up and looks sharp. I found the FreeAgent Desk External Drive much easier to install and use than I had expected. The little rubber feet are goofy but the rest of the unit looks trim and neat. Of course, the sleek, modern silver case looks out of place on my very messy desk.

I had put off buying an external drive for too long, making flimsy excuses about the cost or the difficulty in managing backups. No longer - I like the Seagate and I am glad this non-techie chose a unit that was easy to set up and manage. The packaging and the little rubber feet aside, I think I got my money's worth. I have important files that I cannot afford to lose. I smile when I check on my Seagate FreeAgent Desk External Drive; I need the piece of mind that smart little silver box gives me.

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