Looking for a new drive with scan facility

vbimport

#1

Hi, i’m a semi-noob as I used to come on this board a year or so ago but i’ve been round the world for the past year so haven’t had a chance to drop by in a while.

I’m currently in the process of building a new system, I’m a musician so tend to do a lot of burning (promo CD’s, gig video DVD’s) so I need a drive that allows me to scan burnt discs i.e. the scans members post on here for different media in different drives. I know not all drives can do this (for example, my current NEC 3500-AG won’t work with this function on Nero CD/DVD Speed). My question is, what should I look for when choosing a new drive?


#2

Here are some good ones I have used in the past.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1893438&Sku=P67-1262

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=408483&Sku=V133-1400

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1696970&Sku=P725-3052

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=SEARCH&Ntt=mad+dog&N=0&Dx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&D=mad+dog&Ntk=All&product_code=340661&Pn=MegaStor_18x_Triple_Format_Internal_DVD_RW_Drive


#3

If you want to do quality scans, you should stick to Plextor or Lite-On. You can use the proprietary programs built for those two brands (Plextools and KProbe) or you can use NeroCD/DVD Speed. BenQ drives are also reasonably good scanners, but are getting hard to find now that they have stopped making optical drives.


#4

Go for BenQ 1655 and BenQ Scan utility.


#5

OK I went for a LITEON DVD8900 which is actually supposedly a BenQ. None of the scan programmes work with it, they all say the drive is not compatible. How the hell do I tell if a drive is compatible as none of the drives I’ve looked at, including all of the ones suggested above, advertise this feature?