Exactly. And you get any choice of colour, so long as it's a washed out black. Err.. labelflash gets a washed out blue.
Good choice. As I stated above, the manufacturers tend to take crappy quality discs & coat it with the labelflash/lightscribe layer. So you get a crappy label on a disc which is likely to disintegrate within a few months. At least you disintegrate in style!
At any rate, you can get INKJET PRINTABLE media, in fabulous brands like TY & Mistubishi/Verbatim and pick up a cheap inkjet printer that can print direct to a disc. Wow, look at all those pretty colours.
Of course, you can be boring like (Me & ) most of the world & use a sharpie
Yes. You have USB2. It's been around since Y2kish.
Firewire, or IEEE 1394, was designed to pull video off a camcorder in realtime (aka the time it takes to play it normally). Obviously it's designed to pull alot of data quickly with little/no interruptions (just like burning really).
Some computers come with it (I generally buy Motherboards with Firewire) or you can get a PCI expansion card (about $20 US should do it). It's physically different to USB/USB2. USB is flat. Firewire is twice the thickness, with a funky rounded bit at one end.
USB (1)was designed for lots of little devices sending lots of little chunks of information. Every device has to wait for every other device to be polled. But that's ok, because it's not real-time, and it's not that important.
USB2 is USB on steroids. It is 40 times faster, so now your burner can hurry up and wait.
Firewire was designed for one device, and one other device, to send lots of information between them.
Burning is all about sending lots of information from the HD to the burner.
You can see why USB and firewire are fundamentally different, and why firewire is better than USB for burning purposes
Of course, everyone has USB/USB2 .. not everyone has firewire.
At low speed, aka less than 8x, not much difference. However, USB/USB2 is quite CPU intensive, so don't expect to be playing games while you are burning (whats the odds of that anyway)
At 8x, 10x or 12x ... firewire is better than USB2 ... but not as good as an internal.
There can be. But only if the burner and case don't suit eachother. Usually the external case is the culprit. Generally, you should be fine.
Most burner brands support PI/PIF scanning. The DVD standards specify the maximum number of Drive correctable errors (PI) & Drive Uncorrectable errors (PIF) in any .. err .. sector.
The scanning programs report these PI/PIF errors by checking every part of the disc.
It's the way the DVDwriter reports the errors it finds.
8ECC/1ECC is the way specified by the original DVD standard.
8ECC/8ECC is for some reason the most popular way of reporting.
The original DVD standa specified that you can't have more than 4 PIF in any ECC block. But in 8ECC blocks, that means you can have 32, right?
Wrong! If the burner adds all 8ECC PIF results together, there's no way you can tell whether you have 8x4 PIF (within spec), 2x16 PIF (bad), or 1x 32 PIF, or any other combination summing to 32.
In a 1ECC scanner, it's either less than 4 PIF, or it's bad. YOu know right away
PATA = Parallel ATA = IDE = big chunky 40pin / 80 wire cables.
SATA = Serial ATA. It's new, and much faster, uses skinny cables, and you most likely don't have it on anything under 3yrs old.
Yeehaw! Err ... How about if I get a high speed frisbee stuck in my forehead?
One other thing.
A PI/PIF scan only tells you how the disc feels today. It's not an indicator of quality (except in very poor quality media where the results are terrible) or longevity.
The only way to tell longevity is keep it for awhile & scan it again.
Or you can just trust us when we say, buy TY & Verbatim media.
Some of us have lost quite large collections of Discs, by saving a few $$$.
Some of us have also spent twice the $$$ by replacing every working disc with a better brand, only a few months after the discs were burnt