Want.. need to replace CD/DVD drives

[SIZE=2]Hello , this being my first post I thought I would start with this.
I want to replace both drives that I have now.A Pioneer DVR-108
and a Sony CRX -216.The Pioneer died on me recently, after about
a year.It was a good burner for my needs.After many hours of going
through threads and reading reviews I narrowed it down to these two:
Pioneer DVR-112D LiteOn LH-20A1P. Speed is not very important just
a dependable burner.I do more audio than dvd so I’d like a burner that
has a good reputation ripping/burning cd’s.If anyone could steer me
towards the right one.

Another concern that I have is, should I replace the 40 pin IDE to 80 for
these burners to operate at their full potential?

Thanks

Dell Dimension 4600
Windows XP
Intel Pentium 4CPU 2.66GHz 256MB
Drives: 2 Internal IDE:
Pioneer DVD RW DVR-108
Sony CD-RW CRX 216E
Primary IDE 40 pin
Secondary IDE 40 pin
System BIOS 4Mb

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[QUOTE=Hanglow;1963096]
[SIZE=2]Hello , this being my first post I thought I would start with this.
I want to replace both drives that I have now.A Pioneer DVR-108
and a Sony CRX -216.The Pioneer died on me recently, after about
a year.It was a good burner for my needs.After many hours of going
through threads and reading reviews I narrowed it down to these two:
Pioneer DVR-112D LiteOn LH-20A1P. Speed is not very important just
a dependable burner.I do more audio than dvd so I’d like a burner that
has a good reputation ripping/burning cd’s.If anyone could steer me
towards the right one.

[B]Another concern that I have is, should I replace the 40 pin IDE to 80 for
these burners to operate at their full potential?[/B]

[/QUOTE]

YES!

If you want another burner, read the reviews, and find which one fits your needs the best. Asking someone their opinion doesn’t necessarily take care of your problem. You might want the best ripper, and others might steer you to the one with the best error correction. Sit down and figure out what is important for you in a burner, and then choose one that fits the bill…

As an example, I have to have a sata drive for my system. I have previously owned Pioneer, Plextor, NEC, BENQ, and liked different things about each of them. After reading the reviews, I narrowed it down to either the Samsung (which had fast write times, fast read times, and was an editors choice), or the ASUS, which was the only burner to pass the sheep test (3 sheep). Since I have software which helps me copy stuff anyway, relying solely on the hardware wasn’t an issue, and I liked some of the other features that the Samsung had.

Price on any listed above drives will do him best if found on sale!

I like the external drives. So I can take them with me.