I want to install a DVD burner in my homebrew machine (AMD 1600+, 1 GB of ram, plenty of HD space.) And I guess I want you experts to make it easy for me. I first decided I wanted a Sony drive, then read that Sony didn't make drives and were slow in getting our firmware upgrades. Then I decided I wanted a LiteOn drive, but couldn't find what I wanted locally. So I bought a LG GSA-4160B which wouldn't read CD's or DVD's, so I exchanged it for an identical model which had the identical problem, so I upgraded the firmware to A302, which made no difference at all. I will return it tomorrow.
Now I am back to square one. I want to install a DVD burner primarily for making backups of data files on my hard drive. I am not a gamer and doubt that I will ever copy DVD movies. I want something that will go in easy and work without hassle. And on this forum, I read that DVD's have a problem with data going bad after a few months. Is that true and how do I avoid it?
Sorry for the long first post, but my head is swimming, so please some expert tell me what to buy for minimum hassle.