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Old 12-11-03, 12:38 PM
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I think I need a new CD burner...any suggestions?

So it appears my Sony 52x24x52 has crapped out after just 6 months. So I am shopping for a new CD burner. Is Samsung a good brand? What about I/O Magic? I saw both for pretty cheap (around $50-$60), but I want to know if I can depend on them.

Any other brands for a decent price, like say under $80.
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I'd recommend a Liteon model, just personal preference.

Some Liteon drives at Newegg
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I agree. They're very good writers and have great DAE speeds.
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I saw some cheap Lite On's as well. But weren't the Sony drives supposedly refurbed Lite On's?
Old 12-11-03, 02:21 PM
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You can also try a TDK VeloCD, they're one of the best.
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52x Lite On. Newegg.com $35. Best on the market.
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If your budget is $50-$60, you might as well go with a combo DVD/CDRW drive: LTC48161H BK (Black faceplate) or LTC48161H (beige faceplate).
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What's the warranty with your sony drive? Did you buy it with a Platinum credit card, if so you might have extended warranty protection.
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i've had two sond dvd drives crap out on me a month after the 1 year warranty was over.

those bastards *(^#&
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Originally posted by breaux124
What's the warranty with your sony drive? Did you buy it with a Platinum credit card, if so you might have extended warranty protection.
Just a regular Visa
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Originally posted by Patman
If your budget is $50-$60, you might as well go with a combo DVD/CDRW drive: LTC48161H BK (Black faceplate) or LTC48161H (beige faceplate).
That sounds like a good idea. I almost wanted to go even farther, and get a DVD-RW. Can DVD-RW's only write DVD's or can they write CD's as well?
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But what was the length of the warranty?
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Originally posted by sataniko
You can also try a TDK VeloCD, they're one of the best.
Hmm, I see a $79 TDK, and a $59 Lite On. The TDK has a $20 rebate as well. Which is better?
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Originally posted by Mr. Salty
But what was the length of the warranty?
I'm not sure, actually. Sony told me that in order to determine whether I'd qualify for it, I'd have to run their Drive checker (which I did numerous times) but all it does is freeze up my system while the CD spins aimlessly out of control, and stops, and repeats. Not to mention the program stops responding immediately after I start it.
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The DVD burners can also write CD-R/CD-RWs as well.

I have the Liteon 411S, and it works well after updating it with the latest FSOF firmware.
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Originally posted by Patman
I have the Liteon 411S, and it works well after updating it with the latest FSOF firmware.
Yeah. I haven't had one bit of trouble with mine with many different brands of media.
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i remember when I bought my first CD-burner, it was well over 4 dollars. It was a 2x2x6 IDE. Running off of a AMD K6/2-233. It took forever to burn CDs, I had to run at 1x because my system couldn't keep up with the 2x burn speeds. those were the days.

I suggest this. It's cheap, about 106 bucks for a DVD burner, 6$ for an additional year on the warranty. While it is a cheap piece of horses butt, I've only had two out of many several burns... it also supports HD-Burn (high density), which allows you to burn 2x the capacity for CD-Rs and CD-RWs. However you have to have the supported media to do so...

Anyways, this is a pretty good deal. Not too expensive, not too bad. I'm thinking about even picking up a second one, except I want the 202 model, the tray is more square.Optorite DD0201
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Hmm, I see a $79 TDK, and a $59 Lite On. The TDK has a $20 rebate as well. Which is better?
My friends and I all have TDK drives and we can't complain, and I wouldn't change brands.

Liteon's are good, but I'll stick to TDK.
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So it seems the majority of you prefer Lite On as opposed to TDK. Both would be the same price after rebate. The Samsung one is $59 with a $20 rebate, but I figured that was a cheap drive. Cheap as in quality, I mean.

How much do DVD-RW's run? And can they burn CD's at like 40x speed? I know most burn DVD's at around 4x.
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4x dvd is different from 4x on cds. Regardless, i prefer Lite-On's for being a cheap and performing well at the same time. You can get a dual mode DVD writer that does both + and - R and RW for around 100 - 120 now. I believe most will also burn cd's at 40x, some top out at 24x
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I have a plextor that I'm happy with. I'm not sure who it is manufactured by though.
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I saw a few no name DVD-RW's for $120-$140. What is the advantage of a DVD-RW? I mean the media cost more, for one. I know you can hold more data on a DVD-R. Is it really a huge difference, or worth paying an extra $50-$60 for?
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i'm pretty happy with my lite-on. haven't had any troubles. i have a combo dvd/cdrw drive which i got for $50, and it's done me well.
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Originally posted by Mopower
52x Lite On. Newegg.com $35. Best on the market.
Have that one.

I also have the 8x Plextor DVD±R drive. It burns DVD+R at 8x and DVD-R at 4x. It says that it burns CD-R at 40x, but I could get it to burn CD-R at only 24x. I don't use it to burn CD-R anyway since I have the Lite-On 52x. This Plextor cost me $199.
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Originally posted by namja
This Plextor cost me $199.
Lite-On 811S ($149) + Lite-On 52327S ($38) = $187

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