My first post after reading your guidelines ... hope Iâ€™ve got this right:
I am an (amateur) photographer moving into the digital domain and I am setting up a tiered back-up system to protect my images. I already have paired (on-site & off-site) HDs, but I also want to put my best images on media in a third location.
I use a Presario A900 laptop and an older IDE desktop.
The Presario has a TSST Corp TS-L632N burner and I have an external LACIE TSST Corp SH-S162L burner. I believe these are Samsung drives.
Neither of these will respond the CD-DVD Speed DISK QUALITY command, which is â€“ I believe â€“ the most important test that I can run (on my TY) media prior to archiving.
I need to find a CD-DVD burner to run this test. Most recent reviews of new CD-DVD burners refer to the CD-DVD Speed BENCHMARK tests but do not mention if the burner supports the DISK QUALITY scans. Older reviews lead me to believe that I need to buy a LITE-ON, BenQ(!!!) or other â€œesotericâ€ burners to achieve this.
To make it more difficult, manufacturers assign slightly different model numbers to Canadian products. And all you experts have bought up all of the best-reviewed drives so I canâ€™t even turn to eBay!!!
Up here in Toronto I can find:
FUTURE SHOP.CA & BEST BUY.CA - HP, LG, LACIE, AOPEN burners.
TIGERDIRECT.CA offers: LITE-ON ESAU208-11; DX-20A(PU or H); DH-20A4H-08; DH-20A4P-04; EHAU220-08; IHAP 322-08; IHAP422-08; IHAS120-04; IHAS220-08
BLANKMEDIA.CA (good site!) offers: ASUS E616A and PIO 116D; PIO DVR212; PIO DVR216.
I would appreciate any advice. I can also consider US purchase because I have family and business connections in the USA.
And yes, we got our first snow on Wed Nov 19th â€“ eat your hearts out!