So many gurus here have so much experience with various drives, I knew this would be the place to get my question answered…
My Lite-On SOHC-5232K has become flaky of late reading/ripping DVDs and I need to replace it. Since the price of DVD burners is so cheap nowadays, I don’t have to limit myself to DVD-ROM choices even though my primary purpose for it will be to read CDs and DVDs to hard drive. And if the best reader doesn’t happen to be a writer, I am fine with that. I want to know what drive (or drive family/chipset) is considered the best for reading, error-correction, DAE, DVD ripping, game backups, etc., even with scratched or otherwise less-than-perfect discs.
I am hesitant to get a SATA optical drive at this time since I have heard about a lot of compatibility issues. Also, I don’t care how loud the drive gets, though I do care about build quality (it would be nice if it lasted awhile). I am hoping that there is a drive out there that can read/backup CDs as well as my old LTR-52327S used to back in the day, plus read DVDs with the best of them. And if it turns out to be a better DVD burner than my 165H6S, then great!
Thanks so much!