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#1 Gothmog

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Posted 21 January 2006 - 11:11 PM

I am looking for some solid advice on DVD burners for my upcoming purchase. Previosly I was looking for an external drive to use on my desktop and my mother's laptop. Someone suggested a good one by Sony, but now I think I'd rather get an internal since they read/write faster(I think). this is my config:

Primary IDE
Master - Seagate 80 GB HD Baracuda
Slave - Maxtor 8 GB HD (dead)
Secondary IDE
Master - 52x Samsung CD-ROM
Slave - 48x-16x-48x Samsung CD-RW

my plan is to replace the plain cd rom with the new DVD burner, giving me new Dvd capabilities and only losing a little cd read speed(possibly). I dont think I need 3 optical drives (if i put the dvd in the dead HD channel) and I'd rather get rid of a plain cd rom than a burner.

Aside from that above, I was looking for more clear info on terms like dual layer, double layer and Lightscribe.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 12:18 AM

Dvd burners usually have the same if not faster read/write cd speed.

Anyway, Check newegg. Theres plenty of different brands/models out there for different prices.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....0&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 02:20 AM

I agree with salo, I would look at newegg, I just purchased a NEC 3550A DVD RW delivered for $42.00. With Blue Ray technology becoming available this spring, there should be a lot of good deals in the future, even so, the price on the NEC is $20.00 less than it was this time last year.

As far as manufacturers, here's a review of the top five DVD burners. http://compreviews.about.com/

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 03:53 PM

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are you happy with your NEC drive? I think that the 3550A is what I will go with, since I already have up to date burning suites etc. and extra sw would be superfluous to me. Even though it says it comes with no SW it should come with a drivers disk, right?

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 04:56 AM

Yes, I am very pleased with the NEC, and you won't need any drivers as this is simply a plug and play device. I hope you enjoy your NEC as much I do mine.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 04:09 PM

Just FYI. I bought a DVD burner and movie backup software back in 2001 or 2002. It was (then) a state of the art burner - and the movie backkup software has subsequently been outlawed.

And, y'know, I've never burned a DVD - ever! :thumbsup:
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