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Old 2006-01-30, 02:01   Link #1
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buying a DVD drive?

I am considering buying a new dvd drive. Any suggestions, commets? I don't have to buy it now so if you think there is something great that I should wait for a while, please do tell.

What about this blu-ray thing I have heard so much about?
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Old 2006-01-30, 03:03   Link #2
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Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are the next generation of drives. They hold a lot more storage space (between 15GB and 100GB depending on the media and number of layers), as well as supporting high definition content, and more than just MPEG2 (h264 + VC1). They're both better than DVD in technical terms.

More information; Blu-Ray, HD-DVD.

As for purchasing a drive, you might as well buy a dual layer/+ and - DVDRW drive now due to their low price. Blu-Ray nor HD-DVD isn't out yet, and the initial drives for PC will be somewhere in the region of $500, they won't be affordable for a long time yet (that goes for the recordable media as well).
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Old 2006-01-30, 04:19   Link #3
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BenQ DW-1640

It'll be a while before a next gen technology is cheap enough to bother with.
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Old 2006-01-30, 04:45   Link #4
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Looks like dual layer DVD drive is the thing to go this time. Any model or brand you guys would recommend? I am looking for something durable and fast. Cheap would be nice. Thank you.
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Old 2006-01-30, 05:22   Link #5
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I also agree with RaistlinMajere -- pick a BENQ. Make sure it's a 16x0 model though,
there is also another model out there which has the BENQ brand name, but isn't made
by them. If the DW-1640 isn't available anymore, look for the DW-1650 (which I have,
but which doesn't seem to be available in North America yet) or the DW-1655 (which has
Lightscribe support, but should otherwise be similar to the DW-1650).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827101008
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Old 2006-01-30, 05:51   Link #6
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This is in compliment to GHDs post, not in contrast.


I'd also reccomend Lite-On, I've had good experiance with them in the past, and they regularly put out new firmware updates even for older drives to increase media support and functionality.
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Old 2006-01-30, 15:35   Link #7
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Oh, I didn't know the 1650 was out yet. Nice.
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Old 2006-01-30, 19:54   Link #8
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How about plextor? Some recommend that to me. How about it?
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Old 2006-01-30, 20:31   Link #9
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Some Plextor drives are BENQ. And on average BENQ is about the same quality
as Plextor (supposedly), so you'd just be paying more for the brand name

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=14021
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Old 2006-02-01, 00:40   Link #10
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guys, do you have other dvd drive in mind? I asked around and I got not so good comments about BENQ kind of a lot. Any other ideas?
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Old 2006-02-01, 00:48   Link #11
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Don't get an external DVD drive unless you have a high speed USB port (which I don't have)...I stupidly bought one and now regret it because whenever I watch a DVD with lots of action or movement it skips or has breakdowns...If I had a chance to redo it I'd get a normal internal one...The one I got was LITE-ON..Now it burns DVD's perfectly, but i'm so pi$$ed I bought it and can't watch DVD's like I want on my nice flat-screen...
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Old 2006-02-01, 01:27   Link #12
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Don't get an external DVD drive unless you have a high speed USB port (which I don't have)...I stupidly bought one and now regret it because whenever I watch a DVD with lots of action or movement it skips or has breakdowns...If I had a chance to redo it I'd get a normal internal one...The one I got was LITE-ON..Now it burns DVD's perfectly, but i'm so pi$$ed I bought it and can't watch DVD's like I want on my nice flat-screen...
Yeah, I know that. Thank you for your tips.
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Old 2006-02-01, 01:45   Link #13
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Sony DRU 810A
I'm loving this drive now *hugs it*

Both around the same price:
Buy.com
Newegg.com

As for Bluray and HD-DVD
Wait till the war is over.
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Old 2006-02-01, 06:31   Link #14
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Sony DRU 810A
I'm loving this drive now *hugs it*
Yay. Another drive based on BENQ design!

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Based on the award winning BenQ DW1640, the DRU-810A is one of Sony's best drives to date.
http://www.cdfreaks.com/news/12527

Btw, the only two bad bits I know about BENQ would be:
- the DW-1640 is supposedly not so great for 16x burning, but the DW-1650 fixes this
- Ignore the DQ60 model and any reviews about it

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But if you're sick of me recommending BENQ all the time, just check this site out for independent reviews (of other brands I mean):
http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/search/B/
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GHDpro
Yay. Another drive based on BENQ design!


http://www.cdfreaks.com/news/12527

Btw, the only two bad bits I know about BENQ would be:
- the DW-1640 is supposedly not so great for 16x burning, but the DW-1650 fixes this
- Ignore the DQ60 model and any reviews about it

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But if you're sick of me recommending BENQ all the time, just check this site out for independent reviews (of other brands I mean):
http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/search/B/

Why would you want to burn at 16x?


Specially if you want the data to remain intact for a period of time?



Higher burn speeds make even the highest quality media more fragile and susceptable to errors over time.



Thats why I never reccomend burning faster tahn 2x for important things, can get the job done in about 30 minutes.


I only use higher than 2x when I don't need the data on the disk to last more than a day [ Say, taking files to someone elses house ]
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Old 2006-02-01, 19:00   Link #16
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Don't get an external DVD drive unless you have a high speed USB port (which I don't have)...I stupidly bought one and now regret it because whenever I watch a DVD with lots of action or movement it skips or has breakdowns...If I had a chance to redo it I'd get a normal internal one...The one I got was LITE-ON..Now it burns DVD's perfectly, but i'm so pi$$ed I bought it and can't watch DVD's like I want on my nice flat-screen...
Which exact model number of External DVD drive do you have?

Some External drives use a STANDARD 5.25" IDE DVD drive, mounted in an enclosure with a USB to IDE controller card.

If you don't mind voiding the Warranty, you may be able to open it up and transplant the DVD drive itself directly into your PC...

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I have an Emprex External 8x burner, not dual sided, works like a dream in both CD and DVD burning.
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Which exact model number of External DVD drive do you have?

Some External drives use a STANDARD 5.25" IDE DVD drive, mounted in an enclosure with a USB to IDE controller card.

If you don't mind voiding the Warranty, you may be able to open it up and transplant the DVD drive itself directly into your PC...

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SOHW-1693XS is the model number...If you got specific instructions I'm willing to listen, but I'm not really good with these sorts of things...

And the warrenty ain't a issue since I lost it day one ...

Anyways how much does a hi-speed USB port cost and will that totally solve my problem? I mean that is the problem right?
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Old 2006-02-03, 12:18   Link #19
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guys, do you have other dvd drive in mind? I asked around and I got not so good comments about BENQ kind of a lot. Any other ideas?
I guarantee they haven't used BenQ. They're just saying that.
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Old 2006-02-03, 18:02   Link #20
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SOHW-1693XS is the model number...If you got specific instructions I'm willing to listen, but I'm not really good with these sorts of things...

And the warrenty ain't a issue since I lost it day one ...

Anyways how much does a hi-speed USB port cost and will that totally solve my problem? I mean that is the problem right?
Is it this one? http://www.liteonamericas.com/us/DVDRW_1693SX.htm

It looks like it uses a Standard 5.25" drive. I don't have specific instructions on how to open it up, but it shouldn't be too difficult to figure out.

As far as adding a USB 2.0 card, They're not all that expensive... if your PC has a decently fast CPU, it should work just fine...

See Here for some examples:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...11&PageSize=50

Don't base your choice on PRICE alone... Read the specs and reviews first before deciding on what card to buy...

HTH,

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