I’m trying to decide what burners/roms to pair together and cannot really decide (same dilema with hard drives). I have the following optical drives to put in two computers.
Nec 3500 (mad dog running maddog firmware). Great burner, so so reader, cannot scan.
liteon 851s@832s my primary scanning drive. burns great with select media
microadvantage/aopen 1608/1616 (currentlly running 1616 firmware I think), terrible dvd burner, great cd burner, very strong dvd reader (it reads resonably fast and can read damaged/scratched/porlly burned/pressed disks that none of the other can read).
Plextor px 740a (just got this one), currently running plex firmware but will eventually flash it to a 1640
liteon 16p9s dvd rom (fasted reader)
maddog dvd rom (kind of old, kind of a piece of crap, kind of dying but still works).
One motherboard has the regular 2 pata ports (4 drives) and two sata (with pata adapters)
The other motherboard only has two pata ports (4 drives).
I also have a 2 channel raid card and a 4 channel raid card.
2 hitachi 160 gig
2 seagate 160 gig
4 maxtor 60 gig
1 120 gig maxtor
1 200 gig maxtor
1 80 gig maxtor
possibly another hard drive that I cannot find right now and do not remember the size
I’m thinking on the faster computer (the MB with the 2 sata), the two hitachi’s raid 0 on the sata ports (boot), the 4 60 gig raid 0 on the 4 channel raid card.
On the slower computer, the 2 seagates raid 0 on the 2 channel raid card (boot).
That leaves 3 hard drives and 6 opticals (only 8 drive spots left, half to leave out the crappy mad dog dvd rom or a hard drive).
Which opticals to put in which computer is where I realy cannot decide. I was kind of thinking the liteon rom, the liteon burner, and the nec burner in the faster one and one more hard drive, and the benq and aopen plus 2 hard drives iin the slower computer. That means that the slower computer wouldn’t have scanning capability till later when I flash the plex to a benq. I just remembered, the aopen can scan but no pif and dog slow.
Any thoughts or opinions?