I spent the last 2 days browsing and searching the forums, but without really finding a definitive answer to my question. I'm building up a new machine, and the motherboard will be SATA only so I can't import my old IDE drives (and I'd like to avoid buying a PCIe IDE controller...)
I will need 1 optical drive, and the uses will be cd ripping (I've got 1000+ CDs that I am slowly digitalizing), as well as data back up on DVD.
My main issue is making sure I get a drive that doesn't have problems with audio extraction (so no audio caching, etc...)
The available choices are:
SONY OPTIARC 7200S (yes the old model)
I'm leaning towards either the LG, LiteOn or Optiarc, but I've read really mixed up reviews about each one (bad ripping but good burning and vice-versa. What are your suggestions and why?