This is a place to start looking anyway:http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/search
I have a cheap external dvd writer which works OK (Buffalo is the makers name but not sure of the model number), but my Western Digital My_Passport_0740 prevented my old Linux box from ever booting (Acer Aspire), but works perfectly well with my new Linux box (Fujitsu Lifebook) and that is the trouble with hardware compatibility questions, the results are so completely random that they are hardly worth reading most of the time.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Lubuntu 13.10,Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint16 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).