First of all, hello and congrats, this forum is the place to get info on drives… and I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted (searching), so here I am.
I have a notebook (Mitac 8050D) and want to replace my current DVD-ROM/CDRW drive (QSI SBW242B, FW version: UX52) with a DVD±RW DL drive. I always thought people would design those things to be automatic, but ohhh how wrong I was, always the same CSEL/Master/Slave thing.
Nero InfoTool shows my drive as Secondary Master (HDD on Primary Master), so what kind of drive should I buy?
The answer seems obvious: “Master”, but that will reduce the available choices… How do I know if the drive is truly “hard coded” as Master or if it is a cable select drive that is “mastered” by the notebook hardware (and as such I will be fine buying any CSEL or master drive)? Or even worse: am I getting all this drive thing wrong? I probably should ask Mitac about that, but you know how manufacturers are to answer questions…
Finally, after all this basic theorical help, what drives do you have in mind? I’ve heard Pioneers are always good.
Forgive my all-things-optical noobishness: do any “wisdom” correction you feel necessary! and thanks for your time!