My burner is the 165X6PS (something like that...doing it by memory...the box model says SHM-165H6S04C--it's the Lite-On 16X with LightScribe). I did EXTENSIVE Q&A on these forums a few weeks ago and was guided to this burner by many of the folks on here.
I was also guided to TY and Verbatim media--I had purchased the TY 8X DVD+R, which I had concluded was probably considered by most the best out there for my particular burner. I had planned to do 2 copies of each disc, but now that you mention it, I guess doing one copy on TY and one of Verbatim would be best. I do realize the Memorex is crap--it is left over from literally like 2 or 3 years ago when I first got my NEC 1100A, which never worked until scoobiedoobie helped me flash it to a 1300A last week. I'll just use those in my new LG DVD Recorder (TV DVD recorder) for stuff that doesn't really matter or transferring a few files to a friend and use my good media for archiving all my personal files.
I do have some files (one DVD worth) that are saved to Memorex media right now that are deleted from my hard drive that I will be transferring to TY DVDs BUT, I also have all the files saved on at least one, and in most cases 2, Verbatim CD-Rs. These files are important, but not as important as the ones that I'll be burning later! I also had to clear some space this morning so burned 2 copies of a TY DVD worth of pictures. I'll run a TRT to make sure the NEC 1300A did it's job but I feel pretty safe because I have 2 copies of the TY DVD AND, I also have each file saved to at least one Verbatim CD-R.
I'll head to BestBuy tonight and see if I can find the Ultra 133 cables so I can have them when I install the Lite-On tonight. Do I just need one of them? Also, should I get another to hook up to my 1300A while I'm in there (my other current drive is just a DVD-ROM so I think I'm going to remove that and leave my 1300A and new Lite-On as my drives)
About doing the TRT test--you gave me instructions but what software are those instructions for? Maybe this will be self-explanatory when I install my Lite-On. At this point, I have been using CDBurnerXT Pro 3 for my burns with the Lite-On and have downloaded Nero CDSpeed 4702, which I have not installed or used yet.
On that note, am I OK burning with the CDBurnerXP Pro or do I need different software? Also, what else do I need to know before/as I get started with the Lite-On? (I'll be clearing 60GB worth of pictures from my hard drive so I want to make sure I'm set up perfectly, using everything correctly, and getting the best burns I can) Is there firmware that I need to upgrade with before I start? Any other tips for installing the drive that aren't included in the directions? (I've never done this before but have been told if I can replace someone's hip or ACL that I can install this drive Any and all help is appreciated and someone please let me know how many Ultra 133 cables I need--I'll probably be heading out and can swing by BestBuy (assuming they have them) in a bit.
Thanks a ton for lending all your knowledge! I appreciated it!