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Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:30 AM
Posted 13 December 2009 - 11:33 AM
Edited by dpunisher, 13 December 2009 - 11:35 AM.
I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)
3770K @4.5, Corsair H100, GTX780, 16gig Samsung, Obsidian 700 (yes there is a 700)
Posted 13 December 2009 - 02:36 PM
Posted 14 December 2009 - 11:35 PM
Posted 16 December 2009 - 08:09 PM
Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:04 PM
Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:20 PM
It doesn't matter which drive you get, it's mostly a personal choice. What you're really buying is compatibility and data interface.
Edited by ReviverSoft, 16 December 2009 - 09:20 PM.
Posted 17 December 2009 - 05:37 PM
Posted 17 December 2009 - 06:45 PM
Unreliable, based on a few reviews at Newegg. The consensus seems to be that they work fine. Besides, once the OS and applications are installed, the optical drive is rarely used. That is, unless you burn CD's very regularly. You're fine with either LG, Sony, Lite-On, or Plextor. Some of the bundled software, if there is any, can be bad though.
Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:17 PM
Posted 18 December 2009 - 12:56 PM
Agreed, the OP should decide. BTW, the Sony Optiarc SATA has good reviews. I know the OP originally selected an IDE drive that cannot write discs and should not be used since it is so old, but it is obvious that a SATA drive is best. Out of 440 reviews for the Optiarc SATA drive, over 70% are 5 eggs. Searching the reviews for the word "broke" netted me four reviews, "failed" five reviews, and one "stopped working" review. So, yeah, that is a definate consensus on it's unreliability. An optical drive, a non Blu-Ray drive, is cheap and easily replaced if broken.
Edited by ReviverSoft, 18 December 2009 - 12:57 PM.
Posted 18 December 2009 - 02:42 PM
Posted 18 December 2009 - 02:57 PM
With optical drives there is little difference with IDE or SATA, but some modern motherboards come with a limited number IDE connections so it is nice to keep such things in mind. From the four professional reviews I saw, all rated it 70 or above. Honestly, I'm surprised people are bothering to review such a common, inexpensive piece of hardware, but it is good nonetheless.
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