[QUOTE=Arachne;2576054]Grabbing several different models is definitely a great idea - then you have drives that’ll cover any weaknesses in another - one may burn or read CDRs better, one may do better reading or burning DVD Rs etc. [/QUOTE]
How very true. My actual strategy is even a little more specialized than this though. I deal pretty well exclusively with CD-R media with CD-A files. My tack is, one drive that may be weak reading CMC disks may do very well with Ritek. Or, perhaps a drive may do particularly well with long strategy dyes and another drive may really excel at reading short strategy dyes.
[QUOTE=Arachne;2576054]I have mainly Sammies in both my beasts, but I also have an Optiarc and an LG installed “just in case”
As far as the Sammies go - probably the one you’re most likely to find these days would be the 223x/243x - I think the others maybe a bit hard to find now. But if you do have a spare PATA channel, an SH-S182D would be an awesome find.
Sidenote: if you ever manage to get hold of an LG 4163 as Michael suggested, cherish it. My favourite drive ever. ;)[/QUOTE]
I’ve found the SH-S203N fairly reasonably priced, and am thinking pretty seriously about making this drive one of my choices. The rest are pretty dicey as far as finding them at anything close to a reasonable price. I’m thinking with the stellar performance of my many 7240S’s, I may well just add the SH-S203N, then slow-play and add a couple two or three other current drives kind of doing a little crap-shoot as I suggested earlier. There’s a good chance that at least one will become a go-to drive.
Newegg has some interesting deals right now. A Samsung SH-S223L for $19 shipped, the HP 1260i for $20 shipped, and the Asus DRW-24B1ST for $18 shipped. It’s hard for ME to find good review information on drives, because DVD performance in any flavor is of practicly NO INTEREST to me. I deal with thousands of CD’s a month, and very rarely does a DVD come across my desk unless it’s of a personal nature, which plain and simple equates to, “not extremely important.”
Anyhow, I think I definitely should jump on that Samsung SH-S203N. Ahhhhh and I just did. $26.25 shipped. So this time next week I should have this one to try should something fail in the Optis. I should start getting media very soon. I’m thinking maybe Monday. I’m interested to see what media type or types I’ll find.
Anyhow, thank you both again for the help.