Recommendations on CD-RW and DVD drives

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  1. Todd Harlan

    Todd Harlan Agent

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    I was looking to replace these two drives in my computer.

    These are the drives I had in mind:

    CD-RW

    Yamaha Lightspeed

    Plextor (I wish it came w/ the Nero software)

    TDK

    DVD

    Cyndyne

    Pacific Digital

    Any thoughts or recommendations (I am having more trouble in the DVD area)?

    Also, what is the difference between IDE, EIDE, and ATAPI? If it matters I have a DEll XPS T500 (about 2 years old). Thanks in advance.
     
  2. AllenD

    AllenD Second Unit

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    Todd,
    I've had great success with a Pioneer DVD-116 drive. I don't have a direct manf. link, but here's one from MWAVE. No hiccups, dropouts, or stutter to speak of with PowerDVD 3.0. There's no HDD/IDE activity either during playback.
     
  3. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator
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    I'm pretty happy with my Liteon 24x10x40x CDRW drive (they have a faster 32x drive out nowaday and it's still near $100 (nice bargain).
     
  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    I run a LiteOn 16x48 DVD-ROM and a NEC 24x10x48 CD-RW and

    they both work well.
     
  5. CRyan

    CRyan Screenwriter

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    Another vote for the Lite-On 24x. Great burner at a great price. Have not created a coaster yet in the approximate 80 burns thus far.

    C. Ryan
     
  6. Larry Seno Jr.

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    I have a TDK 16X CDRW and it's amazing, no coasters so far in well over 100 burns.
     
  7. Todd Harlan

    Todd Harlan Agent

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    Thanks for the input.

    I found the Lite-on DVD 16x (newegg.com) for $53. Does it matter if I go with the OEM or RETAIL version? The retail was only $5 more, so I figured I would go with that.

    Larry,

    Thanks for that link. I am leaning towards the TDK. I like the Plextor but i am not to crazy about the software. The Yamaha and the TDK comes with Nero. Reading the other thread about the software, it seems this is the preferred.
     
  8. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Todd,

    The OEM version would be like what came with my MicronPC

    you get just the drive in a generic box, minimal documentation.

    The Retail version would come in a fancy box with a fancy

    manual and probably some free software on a CD.
     
  9. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator
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    With a Liteon, you should get the Nero CDRW burning software with either the OEM or retail version (it's pretty much worth it for the software alone IMHO). The retail version will net you a free CD-R, and a free CD-RW, and the 4-pin audio cable.
     
  10. Todd Harlan

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    I saw on newegg.com that the Windows XP Home - OEM goes for about $90 compared to the normal $200. I can handle missing documentation or packaged in a brown cardboard box. Would I miss out on anything else?

    This is one reason I am upgrading some of my hardware (I added 256k of RAM and ordered a new CPU), so I could upgrade to XP.

    ...thanks again for the input
     
  11. Chris

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    I have the plextor.. and the lite-on. Both are great drives. But if you could have just one, the value really is in the lite-on drive.
     
  12. Roy C.

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    IDE, EIDE more specific to hard drives and their interface, 40-pin data cable. ATAPI is an interface that provides additional commands to handle CD-ROM and tape drives. ATAPI allows the PC to use the IDE interface to control these type devices. Did someone get that??? I know, it's late. LOL

    Later,

    Roy C.
     

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