Thx for the reply, it burnes away a lot of brumes in my mind.
Yesterday I spent all day browsing the forum but there are so many topics I couldn’t see the wood for the trees.
[Maybe getting two DVD writers isn’t a bad idea.
I’d prefer getting a Liteon SHW-160P6S or SHM-165P/H6S (or its Sony twin) or one of the new Samsung drives. These are rather good readers. My Sony DW-G120A (same hardware as Liteon SHM-165P6S) and my Samsung SH-W163A are rather quiet drives, but I have to admit that they are not the fastest DVD (video) rippers. Most modern drives read DVD video discs at slower speeds by default.
Perhaps I better take three writers then, one for reading, one for writing and one with ripguard removed for fast ripping.
Can you point one out for the latter usage?
Modern media is optimized for high writing speeds. If burned at low speeds, quality may get very poor. So it preferred to burn modern media at its rated speed or a tick below. Most 16x rated media performs very good at 8x or 12x, 8x rated discs should be written at 8x.
Didn’t know that!!
For over five years now I use Platinums (CD & DVD) and [B]never[/B] had a coaster. (Burned over 2000 of them)
I must admit though that all my hardware is more than five years old except for an Aldi PC that is only three.
This depends on your mainboard. If there are native PATA (IDE) connectors, then PATA drives are a good idea, because there is more choice (and better firmware support).
It will have only one native PATA. “ASUS Striker Extreme” so if I go for three drives one will have to be SATA.
The reader perhaps?
I own a SATA Samsung SH-W163A, that is connected to a Promise PCI controller. I can boot into plain DOS, but I am not able to install Windows (for example). This is not a matter of the drive, but of the controller the drive is connected to.
OK, if I make the SATA - PATA mix problem solved