Replacement for ND3550A

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#1

Years ago I was looking for a dvd drive, came to this forum, and bought a NEC ND3550A. It was a good purchase. But my wonderful drive has finally bit the dust, no longer reads dvd’s.

So I came here again and read the reviews, Chose the AD7240S and was referred to the AD7261S (for Light Scribe if I ever wanted that) and ordered one. Sadly I can’t make it work with the SATA on my old KT600L MB.

That’s ok, it will go into the new computer I will soon build. But I still need to replace the drive in my present puter with an IDE drive. Of course I went looking for another ND3550A. All I am finding are used units at the same price as a new drive and refurbs at twice the price.

While I haven’t been paying attention there must have been some decent IDE models later that the ND3550, perhaps even a NEC, something I might be able to buy new at this time.

I don’t really care too much about speed and for features, whatever the ND3550 would do is good enough, anything else would be gravy. I do want long term reliability.

Suggestions will be appreciated and links to reviews here would be nice.

Thank you.


#2

There haven’t been many newer IDE interface drives that people have been enthused about. The last one I remember that had universal appeal was the Optiarc 7200A, but it is long since out of production.

Looking at the choices at Newegg, I’d probably get either the LG GH22LP21: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136221

or the Lite-on Ihap322-98: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106327

The Samsung 22x IDE interface drives are probably the most controversial, as many people tried them with early firmware and had terrible results. The later firmwares helped them quite a lot, but even so, I don’t really recommend them. Miss Kitty may slap me upside the head with a frozen kipper for that however.

Long term reliability may not be obtainable in modern drives. Build quality is not what it was back in the NEC 3500 days. We hear a lot of complaints about drives lasting a year or so, then dying in various ways.


#3

Thank you Kerry56

Apparently the Lite On doesn’t do DL and I want this for backup purposes

Actually the 7200A is available and it looks pretty good but it doesn’t have LightScribe. I kinda would like to have this…one of my upcoming projects is to make CD’s of a cassette collection I painfully made years ago. This would be a nice feature for this though I probly wouldn’t ever use it again.

So. of your suggestions it seems the LG might be the best choice though the consumer comments are scary.

But before I order it I have one more hairbrained notion and would appreciate your (or anyone’s) comments.

I think there are PCI (I have regular old PCI slots available) cards that create SATA connections but I don’t know much about this. I read somewhere that some of these cards don’t allow for boot from the drive and that is critical. I also think it might be possible that some of these cards might also allow for USB3 connection and that could be a plus.

If I could go in that direction perhaps I could use the AD7240S I already bought. If any of you guys have done this and/or know of a suitable card I would appreciate hearing about it.

Much thanks


#4

The Lite-on certainly can write to DL media. Don’t know why its left off in the description at Newegg, but no one has made a dvd burner in the last 6 years that couldn’t burn DL disks. It doesn’t have Lightscribe though. For that you’d have to switch over to the iHAP222-06: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106282

I’m not the one to ask about SATA controller cards with PCI connectors. Michael would know this subject. You might want to read these two threads: http://club.myce.com/f7/some-questions-about-sata-controllers-319649/


#5

Hehe…no, not this time - my Sammy 22x drives are SATA, and even burn MBIL Verbie +R DLs nicely! At 6x, though :wink:

So any comments I’ve made will refer to those, rather than the IDE version. :slight_smile:

Long term reliability may not be obtainable in modern drives. Build quality is not what it was back in the NEC 3500 days. We hear a lot of complaints about drives lasting a year or so, then dying in various ways.

Ain’t that the truth :iagree:

Of the choices given, I’d probably pick the Litey - what with the Patch Utility to improve burn quality and do other cool stuff.


#6

I got sidetracked from this project but built a new puter and the AD7261S seems to be working ok with it. Haven’t tried anything with Nero yet but I think I will be in good shape. Big thanks to all for your help and suggestions.:smiley:


#7

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2587134]Long term reliability may not be obtainable in modern drives. Build quality is not what it was back in the NEC 3500 days.[/QUOTE] Still got my 3500 RPC1 running smoothly. Well, it’s been doing practically nothing since the NAS got upgraded, but it’s still working. :slight_smile: