No one called the poster the noob. Those who replied...yes.
Storing those episodes as data on your computer in addition to having avi/mpg on discs is far better.
And that method wouldn't even take that long for christ sake. Perhaps with much slower computers you would have problems, but thats not a problem I have.
I am starting to actually wonder who if anyone on this site has actually worked on or repaired optical drives.
This may be your hobby, but don't act the authority on such matters.
I would wager I know more and I'm probably 20 years younger than many of the people giving advice on here.