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Dvd Drives

by Scott Swinyard / June 24, 2006 7:07 AM PDT

What is the most popular drive for the common user? I'd want to do all the usual stuff from archiving to movies, and I'm assuming the best all around drive for a good price is going to be the most popular, Any opinions you may have of your own or technical information that may shed some light on this for me are also welcome.

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Commodity item?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2006 7:17 AM PDT
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I don't look too close at the 39 buck dual layer 16X DVDRW drives we install at the office. If they fail in a year we'll replace them but what we discovered is that most last 2 or more years. Since HD DVD recorders are just starting to trickle out I think this is a good deal.

Try newegg.com and other places.

Bob

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(NT) (NT) nec-3550a
by damasta55r / June 25, 2006 3:50 AM PDT
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34.99 at newegg. BUT...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 25, 2006 4:04 AM PDT
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It has no bundled software. For me, not a big deal but some should look up one notch to get some software.

Bob

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Especially. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 25, 2006 5:33 AM PDT

if the no bundled software includes the plain old, standard, run of the mill DVD Player software.

I got stuck in an airport a few months back with my new company laptop with DVD drive. I thought, "No sweat, I'll just find a store and buy a couple of DVDs to watch". I quickly found a store, bought a couple of DVDs I'd been wanting to see, found a place near the main exit door (so I could walk out and smoke), found a chair with an AC outlet next to it, powered up the laptop, plugged in the ear buds, popped in the DVD, and nothing. No bundled software. And my codecs for Media player were at home on my desktop. So I spent 8 hours at O'Hare. Needless to say the codecs got installed when I got home.

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speeds
by linkit / June 25, 2006 7:08 PM PDT
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Right now, I look for dual layer DVD burners with the following speeds (since I burn these types of discs the most):

DVD-R 16X
DVD+R 16X
CD-R at least 48X

Once I find models with at least those speeds, I try to maximize the rest of the speeds when comparing:
CD-RW
DVD+RW
DVD-RW
DVD+RW DL
DVD-RW DL

2MB cache is fine. 8MB cache is not worth extra $$, IMO.

Around $40 (or less) online for a desktop model.

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speeds (correction)
by linkit / June 25, 2006 7:11 PM PDT
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DVD+RW DL
DVD-RW DL


Should be:
DVD+R DL
DVD-R DL
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dual layer and max speeds
by almostheaven83 / June 26, 2006 12:59 AM PDT
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if you are in the market for a new drive you have probably seem dual layer or DL these are only worth the money if you have a file that you can't fit on a standard 4.7 Gb DVD a DL DVD however has 8.5Gb or storage but you probably don't have a compatible DVD player or any files that would require that much space but I found that the DL disks are better if you back up your PC because you use less disks

The max speeds for DVDs are usually the same but the CD format is usually about 48x to 54x so if you see a drive that has 48x and one that is 54x the speed won?t make a difference to you because most of the time CDs won?t burn at the max speed even when set to

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(NT) (NT) Thanks
by Scott Swinyard / June 26, 2006 5:05 PM PDT
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