Totally newbie here, going to buy my first drive. Have read and lurked so I’m thinking LG GSA-4163B, but I also know Plextor and Ben Q are good drives. So I guess my questions is not really about speed but more about success (fewer coasters). Is there a chart or thread that lists drives and success ratios with varios brands of media? Keep in mind that I’m in the USA, and prefer to buy my media locally at a COMPUSA, Staples, or OD unless there’s a better deal online.
With regard to drives, it’s been suggested that I should go for a dual-layer drive (IDE) but then I’ve also heard that dual layer might go away. Any opinions?
With regard to software, I’ve used Nero Burning Rom 5.5 for CDs and had much more success with it than Roxio, so I think I’d like to stick with Nero (v.6.x?). Is that a good idea?
Also, I’m assuming that DVD Shrink is a program I’ll need to get and learn, are there any others that I should be downloading?
Thanks in advance for the help and advice!