[quote=Hellacious D;2058796]Thanks for your answer and welcoming me to the forum. I now have even more questions. [/quote]You’re Welcome
Why would one purchase multiple drives if the difference doesn’t make a practical difference?
Most users’ main application is DVD burning. Since all drives have their individual features, strenghts and weaknesses, many users own several drives. Just some examples:
Drive A is an excellent reader, but a not-so-good burner with certain media.
Drive B supports “disc quality scanning”, but is a poor CD writer
Drive C is an excellent burner for certain media, but a not-so-good reader
Drive D does a nice job with CD-R
Is there data that needs to be copied more accurately than music?
The main focus is DVD burning nowadays.
Are there some drives that have higher speeds at which they can be accurate at?
It depends. For ripping, if you are using EAC, this should get the most out of your drive. Perhaps there are some drives, that are faster in ripping. I like my old LG 4163 for this. When it comes to burning, the general rule of thumb is “burn at 16x using high quality media” At the moment, I would recommend LG GH20, Samsung SH-S203B or Pioneer 215 (all are SATA, but these have also some P-ATA(IDE) brothers).
My main drive is a Samsung SW-252S and my burning drive is a Samsung SD-616E. How can I figure out what speed it rips/burns most accurately at?
I have no idea how these drive perform. With reading, I would suggest using EAC in secure mode. Slow with some drives, but the best mix of speed and accuracy. With burning, you should be okay at 16x unless you [I]hear[/I] distortions. In that case, either lower the speed or try other media.
If the drive accuracy is a non-issue, who makes the most reliable drives?
Let me add the NEC 720 series to the list above. You might check the reviews if there is a drive that fits your needs.