I am not sure if this is the right subforum for my post. If it is not, let me know where I should post it. Anyway:
I have been reading a lot trying to find out recommended optical drives for EAC, but I am amazed that no such information seems to exist. Why not put together the collective wisdom and come up with a list of drives that would be ideal for EAC?
Here are some questions to start with:
Is this the best forum for this type of information? If not, let me know which forum I should try.
What are the best sources for drive reviews? Here are the ones I know:
d.DAE Drive Features. The data is unfortunately old here, it seems.
- When specifying a good drive, here are some aspects that we need to discuss:
I. C1/C2 error correction: Sometimes EAC seems to recommend disabling this feature, so their importance is questionable.
II. Caching: For ripping this seems to be a bad thing, yet almost all drives have this feature. So the question is how bad is this and are there drives that allow its disabling.
III. Accurate Stream: I don't know anything about this and even how to find out if a drive has it. But perhaps it is obvious that this is a very important feature. A "must."
IV. Overread: Again, I don't know much except that source "d" listed above says that "Lead Out" is superior to "Lead In." I don't know if this affects only the burning.
V. Ability to read scratched CDs: this is a very important feature as sometimes the smallest scratch can render a drive useless.
VI. Ability to handle read errors: my drive is never able to get over read errors and I always end up canceling the extraction.
VII. The speed of secure ripping: this is not as important for the eventual result, but it is desirable.
VIII. Please refer to the first post in this thread. It has some additional great points.[/b]
I have been using EAC for years now. My drive has been BenQ 1655 (no error correction), and I am not too happy about it. It seems that the smallest scratches on media render it useless, especially on DVDs. Ripping is a very tough job with this drive. When it encounters a Read Error where the red dots begin filling in, it ALWAYS goes to Sync Error, and IT NEVER ACTUALLY IS ABLE TO FINISH THE READ (one time it took it over 10 hours to make a two second progress). That is very vexing. Every time I see a read error, I automatically cancel the extraction because I know that this damn drive can't handle it. I have found out that LiteOn does a MUCH better job ripping the DVDs - this was accidental - and now I am wondering whether all those CDs that I was unable to rip I could have ripped using the LiteOn. I also read a post that said LiteOn and Asus take just a few seconds to correct read errors and fill up all those red correction dots in EAC. The drawback is that when I read the review at CDRinfo, it said that while LiteOn is pretty good with DVDs, the CD ripping is not as good. This made me cross off LiteOn as a good CD ripper. People usually keep talking about Plextor, but I am NOT going to use Plextools, so it is irrelevant. I have heard some good things about ASUS, but I am not familiar with that brand at all, except in motherboards, so I am not sure about their quality as a drive.