I am not a techie like most of you, but I know my way around a PC. I own an aging Dell dimension 8200 pentium 4 at 1.8 ghz running XP home ed.
My DVD-ROM drive just died and after googling everything I could about burners I am down to 3 units. I need IDE (P-ATA) interface. I am a little tight on cash right now.
Samsung SH-S222A (I found it at $25.99 shipped)
Optiarc 7200A (I found it at $29.99 shipped)
Pioneer DVR-118 (I found it at $23.99 shipped after rebate)
From what I read all 3 are very good but the Optiarc just gets more good reviews. I like the Pioneer because it has lightscribe which I would love to try.
What do I want to do with it? Mostly burn stuff on DVD’s, speed does not matter to me too much at this point, I don’t burn all day just once or twice a week.
My old PC is getting replaced this coming Xmas but it will still be used by the family.
One stupid question:
-Some of these drives are sold as OEM with no software, does that mean I will have to download a program prior to use the drive?
Can you guys recommend a free one?
Thanks a lot