what is the best dvdr drive and blank media thats currently out right now? …the dvdr drive must be an IDE drive and read/write well… is the Pioneer 116D the replacement of the 115D?
i will have to say either the Nec Optiarc 7200 or the Lite-On 20A4P. Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+R YUDEN0000 T02 media.
i have a Pioneer 115D and can say it is a really good burner . however i am not impressed with the reading capabilities.
the 116 is to replace the 115. many 116 owners beleive the firmware is not supporting good burns at this time.
i heard dvd-r might be more compatible with standalone dvd players is that true?
yes and no. really depends on the standalone player. many opinions go both ways. however for todays newer players, this is not true. its a fact that dvd+r burns better than dvd-r, so dvd+r bitset booktype dvd-rom could have an advantage over dvd-r media.
also why do some people have 2 optical drives in their computer? if they use one drive for writing only and one for reading only, isn’t there a drive that can do both very well?
yes the optiarc 7200 and liteon 20A4P are good burners and readers. however i like to use separate drives. 20A4P and 115D.
also if i were to buy my new dvdr drive and blank media, is newegg.com still the best place to shop for computer hardware online?
very good in my opinion
and here is the 115D