Grrrrr.. already I'm editing my very first thread I'm actualy STARTING here at IIK. What's worse is, I'm faily familiar with posting using VBIII. Anyhow, I've tried to make sence of the reports in the media furum, to no avail. I've tried searching, but I'm not used to doing so here.
Here's my delema.....
I'm strongly considering purchasing a Lite-On 812S... and am somewhat still considering the NEC 2500A, though I'm REALLY leaning toward the Lite-On. (I'm still open to arguments in favor of a different drive though.)
It seems to me that the only way to REALLY know what media I am buying, is to actualy do so and use a tool to determine what it REALLY is, AFTER the fact. Is this true? I'm in the USA, so as I understand it, purchaceing from CDFreaks is not an option. Though I'm generaly quite technical minded where computer wardware is concerned, I have ALOT going on in my life at the moment, adn would just prefer to be one of those guys that says, "JUST PLEASE, TELL ME WHAT TO BUY!" lol
I chose my user name based on the fact that, while I'm not quite the idiot that David Spade played in the movie, I am a VERY poor person, and do NOT have the luxury of buying several types of media from several sources and burning costers just to determine which is stable, and which is junk. (I'm even running into problems upgrading my machine because I can't afford another eide 80 conductor cable, or another PS2 keyboard to run both machines and transfer files ofer the network. Currently, my OLD board is running with the powersupply and hard-disk running in the tabletop, and the MoBo sitting on top of a stack of 8 1/2 x 11 paper, because I can't even afford a second case for it. Thank GOD I HAD to buy a new power-supply for the new board! lol)
Anyhow, I've come to the conclusion that in order for me to back up the gigs upon gigs or audio files that I burned from freekin' LP, 4.7 gig disks are definately preferable to burning 700 megs at a time at 4X on my tried and true Yamaha 4x4x16 scsi writer. My questions include:
1.) Am I better off getting RW media, as I think I really am, considering I'm always buying new LP's and CD's and trying to add them to an already alphabatized list.
2.) + or - R/RW?
3.) Where can I buy KNOWN media in the USA at fair or TERRIFIC prices?
4.) Is there ANY articals comparing different medium that might incluse the medium I'm looking at here, on CD-Freaks / IIK?
5.) I currently can only run windows 98SE, as I can't afford licence for XP yet.. will this cause me any problems? Eventualy I will get XP.
I'd appriciate feedback from anyone, but particularly those that have tested media with the SOHW-812S. Thanks.