My HP 1040 DVD drive died yesterday.
Kerry56 suggested I start a thread asking for recommendations for a replacement. He mentioned that "It is getting harder to find good IDE burners..." so one of my questions is - Should I consider getting an external unit?
I have two PCs that are identical and other than the fact that one of the HP 1040 drives died, I have been happy with their operation.
I read somewhere that HP burners had become unreliable which, if true, would suggest that I not try to find another HP 1040 as a replacement.
I also read in another thread on this forum that HP burners were actually Lite-On drives. Of course, I have no way of determining if that is true nor what model of a Lite-On would be equivalent to the HP 1040, if any.
My major concern is software compatibility with my current Windows XP system as I use it almost exclusively for burning VIDEO_TS files onto 16X DVD-R blanks (I burn at 8X). I use ImgBurn or Sonic Record Now! (to burn and verify) and DVDShrink or DVDDecrypt for ripping. Occasionally I use the Nero DVDSpeed program is determine a particular DVD (or DVD-R)quality.
I gave up trying to burn DL blanks and I have never used the LightScribe function on the HP 1040 drives. So my use of the burner is a pretty simple and straight forward process. I've been very pleased with the results (less than 1% coasters).
And finally, here is a list of burners that were suggested I consider that are currently for sale on Newegg.com No particular order except the Samsung SH-S222A (at the top of the list) was specifically suggested as "...a reasonably good drive."
Thank you for any comments or suggestions.
SAMSUNG 22X DVDÂ±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
LG 22X DVDÂ±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
PLEXTOR 22X CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model PX-870A LightScribe Support - OEM
LG 22X Super Multi DVD Writer Black IDE Model GH22LP20 LightScribe Support - Retail
PLEXTOR 22X DVD/CD Writer Black IDE Model PX-870A LightScribe Support - Retail
Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-118LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM
Pioneer CD/DVD Writer Black IDE Model DVR-A18M LabelFlash Support - Retail
LITE-ON 22X DVDÂ±R DVD Burner Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model iHAP222-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
SAMSUNG 22X DVDÂ±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM
LITE-ON 22X DVD Writer Black IDE Model Ihap322-98 - Retail
LITE-ON 22X DVDÂ±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model iHAP122-04 - OEM
LITE-ON 22X DVD Writer Black IDE Model iHAP422-98 LightScribe Support - Retail