Can anyone recommend an alternative reader/ripper to Lite-On that I can put into an external enclosure?
I use almost exclusively Lite-On for ripping, and Plextor 716A for burning, and I use mostly TY media. But right now my Plextor is housed in a Shuttle small form factor case, which does not allow me to put in another DVD drive. I’d like to get another drive to use with the Shuttle, so I can keep the Plextor as a burning drive only, and not have to put it through the wear and tear of ripping as well. But the only way to do this is if I were to put the new drive into an external enclosure.
I already have a Lite-On DVD-ROM, which is installed in another computer – I don’t really want to take it out anyway, so I think this is a good opportunity for me to find an alternative reader. in case I come across discs that my Lite-On can’t read. But are there other brands of readers that are on par with Lite-On? From my research it seems to be able to read more problem discs than many other brands…
I’ve posted my question in another forum that I belong to, and most suggest that I get another burner instead of just a reader, because a burner will serve dual purposes. However, I’m always under the impression that when it comes to reading/ripping, a burner just doesn’t do as well as a ROM drive. Am I mistaken? (I care much more about accuracy than speed.)
And of course, to complicate the matter, whichever I get needs to be able to perform well in an external enclosure (so I think pretty much any SATA drives are out of question, because I haven’t seen any 5.25 SATA enclosures…). I understand there’s a whole difference science to finding the right enclosure; but baby steps…
Sorry if my situation seems convoluted; I hope I’ve described it as clearly as possible. But any tips and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!