Recommendations for CD-R drives

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  1. Mark Larson

    Mark Larson Supporting Actor

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for good CD-R drives? I want to back up my collection to play in the car, and don't want to carry CD's back and forth.
    Any good experiences, bad experiences, post here.
    I'm not looking for speed, although 4x shouldn't hurt, but rather accuracy - something putting the rest to shame.
     
  2. Scott H

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    Mark,

    There are prob as many opinions as models, but I will only purchase/own Plextor and Yamaha mechanisms. Currently I use Plextor for extraction and Yammy for burning. You should be able to find very good deals on branded hardware from these companies right now, especially for internal installations.
     
  3. JohanK

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    Plextor, TDK, Yamaha and Lite-On seem to be popular choices among the computer geeks.
     
  4. Rob Behm

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    Lite-on. They made many of the components for Plextor in the past. Better bang for the buck.
     
  5. Rob Lutter

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    I just bought a TDK VeloCD 32/10/40 CDRW... it is very nice and BURNPROOF (which is GREAT... it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to mess up a CD). I saw it in the paper today at either Circuit City or Best Buy for $99.99 (I paid $120) after mail-in-rebate. The only con I can think of is that it is a tad bit noisy... but I use it as a secondary drive so it doesn't really bother me. [​IMG]
     
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  7. CarlDJr

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    Mark,
    You might want to take a look at the new Audio Mastering upgrade for the Yamaha burner. Might be what you are looking for in quality recording. It's the CDRWCentral link.
    CDRLabs
    CDRInfo CDRWCentral
    [​IMG]
    Edit: Added Yamaha link.
    Yamaha
     
  8. DonRoeber

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    Do you want internal or external? I got a Plextor internal drive for my Dad, and it works out really well for me. Me, I use laptops only, so I needed an external drive. I got a lacie PocketWriter CDRW drive. It does 24x8x4x, so it's not the fastest thing in the world, but it's bus powered when it's using firewire, but it also supports USB and comes with a small power adapter. I've used it quite a bit.
     
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    If internal, I HIGHLY recommend Plextor, whether EIDE or SCSI. I have read some accounts of Yamaha drives being very loud, but I have never owned one, so I can't tell you for sure. Plextor is not the cheapest, but it (12/10/32S) has never failed me, even when doing some serious multi-tasking.

    Anybody know why EIDE drives are faster than SCSI?
     
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    Another vote for Plextor and you can even get some of their models for under $100 like the 12x4x32 drive. ($79 after rebates) The burn proof drives are fantastic and can save you a good amount of CD's especially if you computer is not faster.

    KyleS
     
  12. Mark Larson

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    I've been using TDK's first model of the VeloCD for close to two years now, and have had no problems whatsoever. Too bad TDK doesn't make a DVD-R burner, as I will be upgrading come September.
     
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    Another vote for Plextor here. I have used them exclusively for several years at home and at work. In fact, I'm getting ready to order another one this week (finally going to upgrade my trusty Plextor 4x SCSI burner which has served me well all these years).
     
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    Get the Plextor 40x drive, an entire CD in less than 3 minutes.
     
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  18. Samuel Des

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    What I meant was:

    Why is the SCSI Plextor PlexWriter 12/10/32S a 12X Write, 10X ReWrite, 32X Read SCSI CD-RW drive

    VERSUS

    EIDE PlexWriter 40/12/40A

    40X Write, 12X ReWrite, 40X Read ATAPI CD-RW drive
     
  19. Dave F

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    I'll chime in and reccommend the TDK 32X write or the Plextor 40X write. Both are fine writers. TDK comes with Nero (great), and Plextor ships with Easy CD Creator (sucky). This can be solved buy getting the other software, but that's extra cash. [​IMG]
    -Dave
     
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