Excerpt: This is my second of these units. I use it to cover the failed built-in unit in my iMac. The first Buffalo unit failed after a year, but I believe that's because I kept it plugged in 24/7. This second unit I only plug in when I am actually going to use it. It works flawlessly.
Excerpt: The CD drive on my computer is broken, but this works wonderfully as an external CD drive. I haven't had to use the second cord for additional power, the first one seems to be doing just fine so far.
Summary: It didn't work for the first month I bought it but then somehow magically started working. Not sure what I did but it must have been something. It feels a little weak, but if it's just sitting on your desk you'll be golden.
Excerpt: I didn't even know any computers came without a CD drive, so was shocked when I bought a new computer that doesn't have one! Now this is a Toshiba, but although Toshiba sells an external CD drive (and only one), the reviews for it are poor. I perused CD drives online, but only got confused.
Summary: This Buffalo portable CD drive has worked great for what it was designed to do. Back a year or so ago I would have given this a 4 or even 3 star rating because I am an IT pro and I discovered some of my clients were having issues with this drive mounting on their computer but when I realized that...
Summary: I've had this for a few days and it seems to work perfectly on a late 2013 iMac (the ones without the drive). I previously ordered the highly rated Samsung drive and had to return it since it wouldn't always be recognized. This works straight out the box, no drivers.