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ASUS SDRW-08D2S-U LITE External Slim DVD Writer Optical Drive

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About this product


  • External DVD reader and writer combination drive with 8X DVD writing technology
  • Horizontal operation reduces the chances of the drive being knocked or bumped when in use
  • USB interface allows the writer to be used with desktop or laptop computers

Product overview

• External DVD reader and writer combination drive with 8X DVD writing technology
• Horizontal operation reduces the chances of the drive being knocked or bumped when in use
• USB interface allows the writer to be used with desktop or laptop computers
• Aesthetically pleasing diamond cut design makes the drive look good at any angle
• Compatible with DVD and CD formats

Special Features
• Double security on-the-go allows you to control access to created discs with passwords and hidden file functionality
• Make the creation process quicker than ever with a simple three step process
• USB cable using two USB connectors handle data transfer and power to the DVD writer
• Included Cyberlink Power 2GO v7 and E-Green software help you get the most from your external DVD writer

Why would I need this external DVD drive?
The ASUS External Slim DVD Writer allows the connected computer to read and write data to digital versatile discs (DVD). These discs have the potential to hold between 4.3GB (single layer) to 7.9GB (dual layer) of data, making them great for backing up large chunks of data. Compact discs (CDs) can also be created and read using this external drive.

How do I connect the drive to my computer?
This drive uses a USB 2.0 interface that provides you with two USB connectors on a Y cable. One of these connectors is used for the transfer of data between the drive and connected computer. The second USB connector is to supply power to the DVD drive, so no additional external power supplies are needed.
This makes the drive extremely portable, and great for use with laptop or notebook computers. This is ideal if your device cannot read or write DVD or CD optical media itself.

How fast can this drive read or write discs?
The ASUS slim external DVD writer has a maximum read and write speeds of 8x for DVDs and 24x for CDs.*

*For full individual supported formats and speeds, please reference the specification table below

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job ... but buyer beware! The drive looks nice finished, but is a little flimsy. I guess this is what one should expect for the money. If you need something more robust, spend more money. However, a couple of things you may find helpful: 1: The included Cyberlink software for ripping and burning will not work on Windows 10 without a paid upgrade for a similar price to this hard drive. However, it seems to work happily without this in conjunction with media player for CDs. The key thing is - don't panic when you get this message. 2: The enclosed USB Y-connector has one short cable and one longer. If you only have one USB on either side of the unit, it may not reach without an extension lead - more expense. I wish manufacturers would be a little more honest with us; when you live twenty miles from the nearest store, this is very irritating.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ASUS DVD WRITER DRIVE An excellent purchase at an accepted price. Ideal size and easy to use.
Date published: 2017-04-24
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DVD Writer

Internal Or External:






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Operating Specifications

Supported Format:

Audio CD
Video CD
Photo CD
Multi session CD
DVD Video

Dimensions & Weight



How long is the 'y' section of the usb cable? My Mac has a usb port either side on the MacBook

Asked by: David
approximately 5 cm
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-01-24

can this be plugged directly in 2 a TV. As I know there is an LG one which can.

Asked by: Antz
This drive is for use with a computer.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2018-01-19

Is this product compatible with Windows 10?

Asked by: Iain4525
Yes this would be compatible with Windows 10
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-11-22

How do I play DVDs using this drive? I have a windows 10 pc

Asked by: Rich
You would have to use Microsoft's app "Windows DVD Player" available from the Windows Store. Or you could use any of the free applications or software you can find online.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-09-18

Does this take camcorder mini DVD discs?

Asked by: Telstar
I can confirm it will take the smaller DVD discs.
Answered by: Neil G
Date published: 2017-08-16

Can this be used with a Mac OS X?

Asked by: Frank
The compatibility is listed below. • Windows® 7 / Vista / XP • Mac OS X 10.5 or above
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-05-27

can I use this on my iMac, I am running OS X Yosemite software?

Asked by: Brian
This product supports the following OS; Windows® 8 Windows® 7 Windows® Vista Windows® XP Windows® Server 2003 Windows® Server 2008 Mac OS X 10.5
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-04-27

Does this run on windows 10 please

Asked by: Diata
Yes, I am pleased to advise the item will support this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-02-22
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