I have a Gen 1 Dell XPS and currently have the stock NEC 1100A DVD+RW single layer burner and a read-only DVD/CD drive as my optical drives. I am still running the Roxio software that came with it along with a variety of other audio and video software like Pinnacle Studio which work fine with the NEC.
I would like to upgrade one of those drives to a dual layer-dual format DVD burner and am considering the Sony. I am curious which drive most that have done this would recommend replacing. I recall that when I bought this, there was a big deal about it not supporting 2 burners at the same time probably because they put them on the same channel. If I had my preference, I guess I would want 2 burners in there, but I do not need a conflict. I know you cannot run both at the SAME TIME if they are on the same channel, but don't know enough about optical if they would co-exist on the channel if you used one to read and one to write. Don't see why not? If so, I could just replace my DVD-ROM and keep both burners in there?
I would prefer to put the new drive on the same optical channel currnetly in use as I want to save the other UDMA channel for another hard drive. Never have enough storage!
Anyway, I was wondering if my Roxio and other non-dual burner-aware software would continue to function with the new drive? Will it just see it as a single-layer burner and work? I know that older single-layer software will not dual-burn, but I really only need that capability for video editing and perhaps backup. So I understand I would have to load the Nero software that comes with the sony to get DL capabilities.
Any suggestions on the correct process? Delete old drive from control panel? Do I need to uninstall the Roxio stuff?
Thanks in advance. This is a great forum.