I’ve read many posts and reviews about quiet optical drives, but one thing I have never seen mentioned is how much noise these drives make during PC boot-up.
I guess this is probably not usually an important requirement, but when the drive is intended for a PVR system that may turn on during the night for scheduled recording, then it becomes an issue.
For example, I have a Liteon LDW-411s that is quite a good drive, and relatively quiet during use, but during power-on, it makes a loud whirring noise for about 1 second. (I actually opened the drive to see where this is coming from - the laser sled motor moves the sled to the start of its track, but keeps spinning for a while longer. The noise is produced by the motor gear clicking against the worm gear on the sled since it can’t move any more).
So my question is - can anyone recommend a DVD burner that is quiet on boot up? Quiet operation would be good too, but not critical.