Plextor PX716A and Dell Dimension 2400 and DLA

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#1

I’ve just installed a 716A in my Dell Dimension 2400, in addition to the supplied CD-ROM, and the Sonic software (trial version) on the supplied CD.

I am yet to try burning audio or video as the primary purpose is to backup data and, like on my Dell laptop, I want to be able to drag-and-drop files. i.e. use DLA.

Having scanned a few posts, am I right in understanding that there are problems using DLA on this drive? I ask because I do not see the option in the drop-down menu for the drive, neither do I see a Format option, so how do I format CD-RW and DVD+RW?

Second question concerns the controller: this Dell has Intel 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller and in another post someone says it must be SATA. Is that right? What should I do?

Many thanks.


#2

Thanks to a thread originally posted by CornelisJ, I downloaded a recent version of DLA (v4.9) at the support pages of Iomega: http://download.iomega.com/english/...w32-x86-490.zip. Although the filename says upgrade, it worked like a full version for me.

I am still interested in learning more about ATA and SATA (see my original message) if anyone can help.


#3

Dell Dimension 2400 only supports ATA drives. The user guide does not mention anything about SATA connectors.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/index.htm


#4

Can I rest assured, then, that the PX716A should perform normally for me?

Many threads on this site mention SATA, not ATA, and I don’t know the difference. I’m obviously concerned that one or more of the advertised facilities of the PX716A may not work with ATA.

So far all I have tried is DLA write/read with CD-RW and DVD+RW, it may be some time before I get around to Double Layer or DVD-R. If ATA is going to be a problem, I’d prefer to swap the drive now, while its almost new, for one that’s fully compatible with ATA, rather than in several months time.

Many thanks.
A DVD burner newbie


#5

There is no difference between the PX-716A and the PX-716SA, except for the interface they use to connect to your computer.

The PX-716A uses the standard ATA/ATAPI interface and hooks up to one of the IDE connectors on your motherboard. The PX-716SA uses a new interface standard called S-ATA (or Serial-ATA). This new interface was first used on hard disks and Plextor was actually the first manufacturer to also use this interface on optical drives. Some motherboards/S-ATA chipsets have problems using optical drives but since you’re using a drive with a standard ATAPI interface you won’t have these problems.


#6

That’s exactly what I needed to know.

Many, many thanks