Dvd writer choice?

I am looking for a dvd burner. I have been searching the forums for the best ideas, but I am more confused than ever. I am using win ME, and I want to copy dvd’s. my own and my brothers. I am thinking of the
lite on sohw 1693s, and the
LG gsa 4167b, or maybe the
benqq dw1640.
Any help here would be appreciated. I really don’t want to hear from anyone who has had any of these drives for 4 or 5 days. I am looking for a proven track record. There has to be you pro out there who use these all the time. Thanks.

Ray :confused: :confused: :confused:

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Welcome to the forum. Get ready to do a lot of reading. This question has no simple answer.

First let me thank you for the info, Now if I may ask some stupid questions:
How do I scan and is this something I would want to do?
How do I know if I want to read or burn ram media, I guess that you are refering to movies. The answer is yes, the main reason I am setting this up is to back up dvd movies. Kids are rough on dvd’s. and to spend 20 bucks everytime the disk can’t be read is not in my budget.
And last what is hacked firmware and is it something I would need?


Ray :smiley: :smiley:

Scanning is something you do do determine the quality of the DVD burn, explained here.

Most people who do a lot of burning and use a variety of media will want to do it but if you stick to quality media such as Taiyo Yuden from Rima.com it is not necessary.

DVD RAM is a special type of re-writable media. Most people who are unaware of it do not need it.

Hacked firmware is for hobbyists or those who would want to improve the burn quality of cheaper media on a particular drive. Probably not for you.

I would suggest that you look at the Liteon 1693 from Newegg.com. They make two models depending on whether you want to install internally or not.

And I would suggest you get your DVD discs from Rima.com. The TY 8X-R are very good and they will play on almost every player.


To do backups, you will need special software. AnyDVD and CloneDVD2 from here are the best and free to try for 21 days.


BTW, there is a significant difference in the quality of media and some of the worst is sold under brand names we used to trust, so I would avoid it. No one here would dispute the quality of TY.