I have often visited this site for guidance and have been very happy with what I have received. I currently have two computers set up, two identical Dell Dimension 3000s, Windows XP, each with a Philips DVD+-RW DVD8701 burner. I also have a fairly new HP Pavilion dv8125nr laptop that came with a Lightscribe 8X DVD burner. I have successfully burned DVDs in it, but mostly use my Philips burners, using various programs to burn with. My most dependable burning combo is the DVD Shrink/Any DVD/Nero; I just bought the most recent version of DVDFab Platinum, but its very touchy and I am getting a few coasters with it, so am just falling back on Shrink. I only use Verbatim disks.
Anyway, I burn a lot of DVDs and my Philips are getting pretty old, and I would like a back-up ready for when one of them goes. Looking on this site, I am leaning towards the Pioneer 115DBK.
I am running into a lot of confusion from this point. It seems this is a DVR? I am seeing a lot of references to IDE and SATA, DVD vs DVR, etc. I just want to be able to continue to burn DVDs. I am not a computer expert, and don't want it to get too complicated. I also don't want to make the mistake of buying older technology when newer is better, faster, etc. I favor steady over fast, quality over quantity, but am floundering a bit here.
Also, I have seen a few of the Pioneer 115DBKs online, but most say software is not included. I have plenty of DVD burning software, but don't know if they are refering to that or a brand specific basic CD that has the drivers to run the unit. Does it require a drivers disk?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.