I’m coming from a ND-3540A, looking for a 20-22x drive. I need something reliable, speed is of a lesser concern. Also looking for something that is well supported. What drives are most common these days as far as firmware modding and/or crossflashing? I have been mainly looking at the new Pioneer and Optiarc drives but open to other suggestions. Thanks and sorry, I haven’t messed with firmware in quite some time. I’m a bit behind.
If I were to buy a new drive now, I’d go for an Optiarc 72xxA/S series drive (A = IDE, S = SATA).
Failing that, if you can still find them, the Pioneer 115D/215 or Samsung 203x drives are both excellent.
I read that the some of the Pioneer’s can be crossflashed to enable LabelFlash. Is there anything interesting to be done on the Nec’s?
Having a Labelflash drive myself (NEC ND-4551A), I personally don’t think it’s that good. I prefer LightScribe.
Although the Pioneer crossflash you speak of will also enable DVD-RAM writing (I believe), which is a plus IMO
Not sure about what can be done with the latest Optiarcs I’m afraid. So if you’re definitely looking to crossflash, the Pioneer probably is your best option.
Thanks for your help. I’m eliminating NEC from my options due to the mixed usage of Lite-On drives. I’m either going to go with LG or Pioneer. What do you think about the LG drives? I read they use a Panasonic chipset which I’ve never used before.