My DVD-Writer died out on me, and I'm getting tired of replacing it ever couple years. I burn a lot of disks, around 10 a week on average
The drive that died is a Lite-On iHAS324.
I'm not sure what brand or model to really look for, however I do use Verbatim AZO disks for anything important and anything I need for a couple days I use Verbatim's regular line. Not the life series, it just isn't AZO.
What I want in a writer is for it to make good burns (though that should be about any drive out there with the media I use.), is fairly quiet at high speed, and will last for for more then a couple years. It needs to be intern and use a SATA connection. I would prefer it to be black to match the rest of my computer, but if need be I will accept a different color. Beyond that I'm fairly open. I don't want to spend a lot, however I would think that around $50 should get a good drive. If needed, I can move money around, I would like to keep it as cheap as possible though.
I am in the USA, close to a Microcenter and Fry's Electronics. Online ordering is OK.
To be clear in terms of it being quiet, I have a Lite-On iHBS-112 that I use only for reading. (It was on sale for $50, and I don't need to burn Blu-Ray disks.) When it is reading at max speed, I can hear it, but it's acceptable. I would like it to be no louder then that. Sorry, I don't have a Db rating.