My LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1A Lightscribe burner appears to be failing. I’m getting power calibration errors when I try to burn, I get verification errors if it does complete a burn, I have problems reading some disks, and I often have trouble restarting my PC – during the startup or reboot process, it gets as far as the name of the DVD burner and then just stops.
I’m guessing the reboot problem has something to do with the burner, since that’s where the process stops. Although maybe it’s whatever loads AFTER the burner that’s the problem. I’m not a technical person, so I really don’t know.
But I often have to power off and on/restart/reset several times before the PC finally boots. And since the burner isn’t burning reliably anymore, it needs to be replaced. This burner only got light use before failing after about 8 or 9 months.
This time I want to get a really good burner. Price is not really an issue – I’ll pay whatever it costs to get a good, reliable burner. I’m self-employed and have to archive my job files, so I really need to create good burns. And it’s a PITA to nag my husband into installing a new drive, so I want a drive that will last.
I don’t care about Lightscribe. I’m not up on the newest specs and features. I just know I need an internal SATA burner. Doesn’t have to be the fastest or the quietest (although I’d be happy if it were quieter than the Lite-On). I want to be able to verify or scan (or whatever it’s called) disks after burning to make sure they’re okay. I’ve been using Nero’s Disc Speed utility.
I use Nero 6 Ultra. I use good media – I have a stash of Maxells and Sonys I bought when they were still MIJ. For everyday use, I’ve been using Verbatims. FWIW, I think I can rule out media as a cause of the Lite-On’s problems, because all of my media works fine in my old burner, an external Sony (I think it’s a DRX-810UL). I’ve been very happy with the Sony, but I want an internal burner.
So, what are the best, most reliable internal SATA burners these days? Anything else you need to know from me before making a recommendation? My PC is about a year old, if that matters.