A little over a year ago (October, 2008), I purchased an inexpensive laptop (Toshiba) that came with a DVD burner (Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-K17LF ATA). I’d never had a computer with DVD burning capabilities, and once I found this website, I recognized the value of backing up my (growing) DVD collection.
To date I’ve managed to backup close to 1,000 DVDs, using the invaluable advice and software suggestions provided here (many thanks to the vets here and the developers of DVDFab HD, DVDShrink and ImgBurn)! I’ve used primarily Verbatim and TY media and for the most part have produced flawless copies of my originals.
I realize this little laptop won’t last forever (especially the burner) and I’ve decided to purchase a desktop. I’m just wondering what features I should pay particular attention to - especially in the area of the DVD burner.
I guess my question is, what would you buy (selecting from what’s currently available) if you needed to replace your current system in the near future? Respectfully, I trust the information I’ve received here in the past far more than that I’d get from an electronics store salesman.
PS My collection consists primarily of standard DVDs which I play on an upconverting HD player. I haven’t yet begun to purchase BlueRay DVDs, nor do I own a BlueRay player.