I’m a bit out of the loop because I haven’t built a computer in 4 years. Right now, drives are so cheap, and there are so many options, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, and no single drive is sticking out. When I built my last computer, I got the NEC ND-3520A because it was highly recommended (and I’ve been relatively happy with that drive). I almost exclusively burn data DVDs for back up of DviX files (very occasionally I will make a mix audio CD or burn an ISO/IMG). I have a stack of Taiyo Yuden 1736 media (though I had better burn speeds with the TY + 1733). I’m planning on building a new system, so my first question is what drive would you recommend for burning data to TY media? I have half a dozen larger than 4GB files sitting on my old computer that I wish I could burn, but other than that, I don’t really have a need for dual layer burning.
My second question is, a while ago I had a stack of cheap media (probably discount junk from office max). For example, one disk says RiData and has C6-02CH2409298593D00 on it. The disks cannot be read in my NEC 3520, nor my Lite-On SOHC-5232K. However, my friend with an older dell laptop could read the disks. So is there a drive that works well reading poor burns or poor media? It would be a bonus if there was a drive that was good at reading and burning, but I don’t mind getting 2 drives.