Best External Optical Drive in 2022 [*Top Picks*]

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  • External DVD Drive, USB 3.0 Portable CD/DVD +/-RW Drive/DVD Player for Laptop CD ROM Burner Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Linux OS Apple Mac Black
    Bestseller #1
    External DVD Drive, USB 3.0 Portable CD/DVD +/-RW Drive/DVD Player for Laptop CD ROM Burner Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Linux OS Apple Mac Black (196)
      📀【High Writing and Reading Speed】 Max 8x DVDR Write Speed and Max 24x CD Write Speed provide high writing and reading speed 📀【Wide Compatible】This external dvd cd drive is compatible with Windows 98 / SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 10/8/7,Mac ios(ios 8.6 to 10.14). And perfect for PC, Laptop, Comprehensive Computer, Internal PC hard disk reader 📀【Plug and Play Technology】Powered by USB port so just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected. Don’t need to install software to set up driver 📀【Advanced USB3.0 Technology】 USB 3.0 provides fast data transfer speed and stable performance to record CD/ music/ videos/ install software or create CD/DVD backup disc ( also compatible with USB2.0) 📀【Ingenious Design】 This ultra-slim CD/DVD player for laptops equipped with an eject button so that you needn't worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. Besides, the copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission
  • Dell USB DVD Drive-DW316 , Black
    Bestseller #1
    Dell USB DVD Drive-DW316 , Black (386)
      Dvdrw (R DL)/ DVD-RAM 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVD) read speed 24x (CD)/ 8x (DVDR)/ 6x (DVDR DL) write speed
  • ASUS Powerful Blu-ray Drive with 16x Writing Speed and USB 3.0 for Both Mac/PC Optical Drive BW-16D1X-U
    Bestseller #1
    ASUS Powerful Blu-ray Drive with 16x Writing Speed and USB 3.0 for Both Mac/PC Optical Drive BW-16D1X-U (386)
      Super-fast 16X Blu-ray writing speed with BDXL support that supports data storage up to 128 GB Cloud backup solution for Android devices. Supported operating system is windows 10, windows 8, windows 7, windows vista, windows xp and mac os x 10. 6 or higher MacOS and Windows Compatiblity via USB 3. 0 (USB 3. 1 Gen1) connection. Temperature Operating : 5 ℃ to 40 ℃ Diamond-shaped design for luxury look and clean aesthetics Cyber Link Power2Go 8 disc-burning process with optional encryption functionality for extra private files protection
  • External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive DVD/CD ROM Rewriter Burner Writer Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Mac Pro MacBook
    Bestseller #1
    External CD Drive USB 3.0 Portable CD DVD +/-RW Drive DVD/CD ROM Rewriter Burner Writer Compatible with Laptop Desktop PC Windows Mac Pro MacBook (54)
      Plug & play. Easy to use,powered by USB port. No external driver and Power needed. Just plug it into your USB port and the DVD driver will be detected High speed. Compatible with USB3. 0 and backwards compatible with USB2. 0 , bringing faster data transmission speed (up to a maximum of 5Gbps) and stable performance with strong fault tolerance Intelligent tech. Designed with eject button so that you never have to worry about your disc getting stuck inside this external CD/DVD drive. The copper mesh technology of this external component, you can be rest assured of stable data transmission Trendy design. Brushed texture shell brings trendy sight and touch enjoyment. Embedded cable design, worry- off cable missing any when and where Wide compatibility. Ideal for various devices. It supports Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8. 1/10, Linux, all version Mac OS system. For the desktops, Please connect the device to the back USB port of the motherboard for normal use
  • ASUS ZenDrive Silver 13mm External 8X DVD/ Burner Drive +/-RW with M-Disc Support, Compatible with both Mac & Windows and Nero BackItUp for Android devices (USB 2.0 & Type-C cables included)
    Bestseller #1
    ASUS ZenDrive Silver 13mm External 8X DVD/ Burner Drive +/-RW with M-Disc Support, Compatible with both Mac & Windows and Nero BackItUp for Android devices (USB 2.0 & Type-C cables included) (386)
      13mm for ultra slim and light Mac/PC Support Includes USB 2. 0 and Type-C cables Nero BackItUp function for Android Devices DISC Encryption II for password-controls and hidden-file functionality
  • LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter External Drive with M-DISC Support for PC and Mac, Black (GP60NB50)
    Bestseller #1
    LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Super Multi Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter External Drive with M-DISC Support for PC and Mac, Black (GP60NB50) (386)
      Style evolution from slimmer to slimmest Superior data protection with m-disc support 8x DVD-R writing speed TV connectivity Nonstop playability Drive Type External Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter Interface USB 2 0 Buffer Memory 0 75 MB OPERATING SYSTEMS:Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Mac OS X(10.7.5) CD-RW 24X (write) Drive Type: External Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter Interface: USB 2.0 Buffer Memory: 0.75 MB Operating System: Windows 8 compatible CD-RW: 24X (write) CD-R/RW/ROM: 24X (read)
  • ORIGBELIE External CD DVD Drive, Ultra Slim CD Burner USB 3.0 with 4 USB Ports and 2 TF/SD Card Slots, Optical Disk Drive for Laptop Mac, PC Windows 11/10/8/7 Linux OS
    Bestseller #1
    ORIGBELIE External CD DVD Drive, Ultra Slim CD Burner USB 3.0 with 4 USB Ports and 2 TF/SD Card Slots, Optical Disk Drive for Laptop Mac, PC Windows 11/10/8/7 Linux OS (165)
      【EXTERNAL CD DRIVE FOR LAPTOP】- Considering that most of the latest laptops have not been added to the built-in CD/DVD drive, so you can’t insert CDs or DVDs directly into your laptop to listen to music, watch movies, data backup or install systems. The external CD drive that ORIGBELIE newly released is a good solution. No need for additional drivers. PLUG and PLAY. The CD Rom external drive for laptop has strong error correction, anti-skid and quiet capabilities. 【USB 3.0 HIGH-SPEED DATA TRANSFER】- CD Burner with high speed USB 3.0 technology, many of the port cluster connectors are labelled by blue colour and backward compatible with USB 2.0 / 1.1. USB 3.0 is an updated version of USB 2.0 which provides higher data transfer rates up to 5 Gigabits/S (625MB/S). it is approximately 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Besides that, The cd drive offers Max 8x DVDR Read Speed and Max 24x CD Write/Read speed, faster than you expected. 【SUPPORT CD & DVD BURNING】- The optical drive supports reading and writing of CD±R/RW, CD-ROM, DVD±R/RW, DVD-RAM, VCD, and SVCD. In addition, This USB-A and USB-C external disk drive supports different devices such as Macbook, iMac, Notebook, Desktop, and Laptop, etc. It's compatible with Windows 11/10 /8 /7 /XP , Vista 7 / 8, Linux, Mac OS10.6 or above. (Cars, TVs, Tablets, Smartphones, Projectors and Blu-ray disk are not supportedWindows 11 requires media player and network) 【7 IN 1 USB HUB】- Our external drive can not only burn and read CD DVD, but also can be used as a external laptop usb hub, including 1 USB 3.0 port, 3 USB 2.0 port, 1 TF slot ,1 SD card slot and 1USB C Port, compatible with usb hard drive, limited/wireless mouse & keyboard, computer radiator and other usb computer accessories, The card slot are perfect for transferring photo and video files by your camera from cards to your computer(Note: SD port and TF port cannot be used at the same time) 【ULTRA SLIM & PORTABLE DESIGN】- This external disk drive is very slim and lightweight and the embedded data cable is easy to use and organize, skip-proof rubber pad prevents sliding on the desktop, so you can easily carry in your laptop bag ideal for home, office, or anywhere you go. It is also a good idea to give it as a gift to hobbyists who collect CDs and DVDs. (We provide a 2-year after-sales warranty.) Abandoning optical drives allows computer manufacturers to create thinner and more compact laptops. Most of the new notebooks on the market now do not built-in CD-ROM drive, and some only have a limited number of USB ports. But we may have a large collection of 90s CDs, and we want to put them in a laptop to feel the nostalgia or insert a DVD collection to watch movies. Or, you may just need a cd/dvd drive for emergencies, such as data transfer, system backup, etc. Fortunately, We have already done all the work for you. This multi-function external usb disc drive that we launched is not only a cd/dvd reader, but also It has the function of cd/dvd burner. At the same time, it is equipped with a variety of USB ports and card slots to meet all your peripheral equipment needs -- all for a decent price. This will allow you to free up more budget to buy the latest laptops that are comfortable, smooth, and have powerful processors and graphics cards. THESE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING - This dvd rw drive can only start its job after it is connected to a laptop or a desktop, so it is not compatible with cars, projectors, tablets, ipads, mobile phones, etc. In addition, it is compatible with windows11/10/8/7, mac os and Linux. NOT COMPATIBLE with Chrombook, Surface, Blue-ray.
  • OWC Mercury Pro 5.25
    Bestseller #1
    OWC Mercury Pro 5.25" Optical Drive External Enclosure (NO Drive) (852)
      Enclosure kit for 5.25" Blu-ray, DVD, and CD Reader/Writers-Add Plug and Play CD, DVD, and/or Blu-ray disc burning to any USB equipped computer Supports 5.25" SATA I/II optical drives (all CD & DVD devices and Blu-ray drives 6.77 inches (17.2 cm)) and shorter High-Speed USB 3.0 Interface in a Sleek, Durable Aluminum Chassis External Enclosure ONLY, Optical Drive NOT included 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty; Includes: OWC Mercury Pro External Optical Enclosure, 0.6 meter (24") USB 3.0 (Standard-A to Standard-B), External power supply and power cable
  • ROOFULL External CD/DVD +/-RW Drive USB 3.0 Type-C with USB Ports & SD Card Slot & Protective Carrying Case, Portable CD DVD Optical Drive Burner for MacBook Pro/ Air, iMac, Windows 11/10 Laptop PC
    Bestseller #1
    ROOFULL External CD/DVD +/-RW Drive USB 3.0 Type-C with USB Ports & SD Card Slot & Protective Carrying Case, Portable CD DVD Optical Drive Burner for MacBook Pro/ Air, iMac, Windows 11/10 Laptop PC (2073)
      【Easy to Use】Just plug it into the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, or USB-C port, open the tray and fasten your CDs or DVDs, this external CD/DVD player will be recognized by your laptop or desktop computer automatically, no extra driver program required! 【Multiple Functions】 After the device is installed, you can use a media player, burning software, and ripping software to complete various tasks such as watching movie DVDs, burning/ripping CDs& DVDs, installing software/ system/ games, backing up data to discs, and more. 【Additional Extension】It's not only an external optical drive but also a USB hub with 2 additional USB ports and 1 SD card reader for moving files/photos/videos between your computer and external storage device (e.g. USB flash drive, SD/TF card, or hard drive), which will effectively solve the problem of insufficient USB ports. (*Note: the USB flash drive and SD cards on the picture are not included) 【Compatible with Multiple-OS】Compatible with Multi-OS including Windows 11/10/ 8.1/ 7/ XP, Linux, and all versions of Mac OS, so you can use this external optical drive on almost all computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, Windows laptop, and desktop PCs (NOTE: DO NOT support Chromebook, TV, iPad, Truck and Car). 【No Adapter Required】Upgraded removable long data cable with USB 3.0 and USB-C two kinds of connectors, you can use it without an adapter or hub required whatever your computer is only equipped with USB-A or USB-C ports. 【Reliable Performance】With the Strong error-correcting, low impedance, and anti-interference ability, you can use this USB CD/DVD drive to read and write CDs and DVDs quietly without stuttering and noise, and won't damage your discs. Compatible with multiple discs including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD +/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL, VCD-ROM discs. 【No Power Shortage Issues Anymore】Although most PCs can power this portable CD/DVD player by the single data cable, we still prepare a USB extra power supply cable in case that some ultra-thin notebooks (such as Surface Pro) can not supply sufficient power for this device. 【Compact and Portable】Come with a thicker protective storage carrying case sleeve, you can easily carry and use this slim external optical player anytime anywhere, no matter in the office, school, at home, or during a trip. Waterproof, dustproof, and drop-proof. (If you do not need carrying case, you can search "B097D3Z56P" on Amazon) 【Worry-free Shopping】7 years of professional optical drive manufacturing experience ensures reliable quality and professional customer service. Please feel free to contact us for help or free replacement if any issues happen after purchasing, do not need to worry about the time-limited return window.
  • ROOFULL External CD DVD +/-RW Drive USB 3.0 Type-C Portable CD/DVD Optical Drive Player Reader Writer Burner with Protective Carrying Case for Mac MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, Windows 11/10 Laptop Desktop
    Bestseller #1
    ROOFULL External CD DVD +/-RW Drive USB 3.0 Type-C Portable CD/DVD Optical Drive Player Reader Writer Burner with Protective Carrying Case for Mac MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, Windows 11/10 Laptop Desktop (2073)
      【Easy to Use】Just plug it into the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, or USB-C port, insert your CDs or DVDs, this external CD/DVD player will be recognized by your laptop or desktop computer automatically, no extra driver program required! 【Multiple Functions】After the device is installed, you can use a media player, burning software, and ripping software to complete various tasks such as watching movie DVDs, burning/ripping CDs& DVDs, installing software/ system/ games, backing up data to discs, and more. Compatible with multiple discs including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD +/-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD-R DL, VCD-ROM discs. 【Compatible with Multiple-OS】Compatible with Windows 11/ 10/ 8.1/ 7/ XP, Linux, and all versions of Mac OS, so you can use this external optical drive on almost all computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, Windows laptop, and desktop PCs (NOTE: DO NOT support Chromebook, TV, iPad, Truck and Car). 【No Adapter Required】This portable CD/DVD drive is equipped with embedded USB 3.0 and USB-C two kinds of connectors, you can use it without an adapter or hub required, no matter your computer is only equipped with USB-A or USB-C ports. 【Reliable Performance】With the Strong error-correcting, low impedance, and anti-interference ability, you can use this USB CD/DVD drive to read and write CDs and DVDs quietly without stuttering and noise, and won't damage your discs. 【No Power Shortage Issues Anymore】Although most PCs can power this portable CD/DVD player by the single data cable, we still prepare a USB to micro-USB extra power supply cable in case that some ultra-thin notebooks (such as Surface Pro) can not supply sufficient power for this device. 【Compact and Portable】Come with a thicker protective storage carrying case sleeve, you can easily carry and use this slim external optical player anytime anywhere, no matter in the office, school, at home, or during a trip. Waterproof, dustproof, and drop-proof. (If you do not need carrying case, you can search "B07C1VP88H" on Amazon) 【Worry-free Shopping】7 years of professional optical drive manufacturing experience ensures reliable quality and professional customer service. Please feel free to contact us for help or free replacement if any issues happen after purchasing, do not need to worry about the time-limited return window.
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