My laptop Toshiba P100 DVD writer appears to have failed again so I'm looking for another one. I'm also thinking back to the time I replaced my failed DVD writer. I'm wondering what differences there are in the physical form factor of laptop DVD burners these days or indeed the last five or ten years?
I see all kinds of external enclosures for a $7 or $8 on ebay. "Fit All 50-pin Laptop Drive ( CD-rom, CD-rW, cD Combo, DVD-Rom, DVD RW +/- )" It would appear that they are pretty much all identical. Or am I mistaken? Are these IDE?
If they aren't identical what are the key things to watch out for?