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Product Looking for external Label burner for CD/DVD as well at Blu ray. I was hoping to update my media center. I have a laptop that has Windows Vista and software for Nero7 and Lightscribe. Any suggestions.

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    Thank you. I never thought about the idea with enclosure. Good suggestion. I will look into it.


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I don't know what your budget is but this looks like something you may be interested in.

now... a more versatile solution is an internal blue ray writer drive with an enclosure.. enclosures are used for people that want to get get an internal item and convert them to external/portable devices. and enclosure is about 30 bucks and that way you can just buy internal devices and put them inside the enclusure and transform a blue ray disk burner into an external hard drive by just swaping in and out internal components from and out your enclosure.

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