Sorry if I come back at this point of the thread, but this is a subject that demands more than just the drive's model and maker.
When you archive photo files you have to decide how you do value them, before choosing the solution.
Here, you can find some remarks around the problem aspects:
Coming back again:
You have several solutions to check data integrity, and not just recording quality - these are aspects linkend in a very close way but not exactly the same.
The media that performs the best data integrity check it is probably DVD-RAM.
Not the mainstream, but catridge protected discs prevent duts, disc scratches and more problems, as you don't touch the disc.
More expensive and drives are not that easy to find (I've got a Panasonic that does).
Second, you have longevity (DVD-RAM included) that it is not the same for all media types:
Keep away of all RWs, being CDs or DVDs.
There are arguments that favour CDs over DVDs in terms of longevity (but you have the capacity limitations) - and there are CDs labeled as photo archive quality, and all the discussions around the surface (gold was said to offer advantages).
Third - you can consider other supports like Hard Disks that today offer a good cost relation, including the external ones that you can keep out of the machine to prevent virus.
But these have moving parts and also have problems. HDD rescue software first question uses to be if your drive is over 3 years old.
Fourth - obsolescense - after some years you may have problems in terms of hard and/or software to access your files, thus it is advisable to move files to an udated media when necessary.
- Don't trust on just one material media - burn 2 (CD, DVD, whatsoever) and keep them apart.
From time to time, open some files using each of the burnt units, and with a longer interval (only experience can tell you) burn new copies.
All this can be seen as an archive policy, that can be extended to the actual conditions of the places you keep your backups, etc. And all depends on how important your files are to you.
Software it is not that important, providing you use a reliable one (many of the ones around match this), buy a good burner and don't choose your elected media by the lower price criteria.
Good luck and good pictures.