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Would this be a good dvd burner for my computer?

By LxTrix
Mar 22, 2008
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  1. looking to spend around $40 on one heres what i'm looking at let me know what you think


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    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name HOME
    User Name Alex

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Unknown, 2200 MHz
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset Unknown
    System Memory 1024 MB
    BIOS Type Award Modular (11/29/06)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter GeForce 7600 GS (256 MB)
    Video Adapter WinFast PX7600 GS (256 MB)
    Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (12117786)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter Realtek HD Audio output

    Storage:
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller MagicISO SCSI Host Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive WDC WD1600JS-22NCB1 (149 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-252S (52x/32x/52x CD-RW)
    Optical Drive SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-616 (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 152617 MB (11593 MB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse

    Network:
    Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (24.8.43.132)

    Peripherals:
    Printer Adobe PDF
    Printer Brother HL-1440 series (Copy 1)
    Printer Brother HL-1440 series
    Printer Send To OneNote 2007
    USB1 Controller Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
    USB2 Controller Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
    USB Device USB Human Interface Device
    USB Device USB Printing Support
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please put your System Specs in your Profile

    If you have a proprietory computer like Dell; HP; Acer etc, please manually write this in the mobo field (ie Dell Dimension 3100 - as an example)
     
  3. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 92

    My computer is custom built oh and i fixed it to show my specs.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,866   +165

    LxTrix I have this Pioneer burner and it works very well. Go for it. You can't beat the price
     
  5. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 92

    So that said when i do get it out can i swap it out with the one i had installed, without worrying about having to set it up differently or gettign different cables
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Your board has Sata does the new DVD have it? (I don't think so)
    I would say go towards Sata (no fuss, plug and play)
     
  7. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 92

  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Well at least it's Sata (yes your board has it)
     
  9. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 92

    so i should go with sata, my cd drive and old dvd drive run off ide, the dvd drive is dead so should i just take it out and connect the wires from my floppy to cd drive changinging master and slave and then as far as a sata goes my hard drivve is sata so do i connect my new dvd drive to my hd or does it connect directly to my motherboard?
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,866   +165

    Most likely your board has at least 1 IDE interface that supports 2 IDE devices, so its a matter of preference that's all. I run a DVD ROM and the Pioneer DVD burner both IDE. I have an IDE 80GB Hard Drive and a 400GB SATA Hard Drive, so its mix and match for me...

    Since the old DVD drive was IDE, its easy to go with a new IDE DVD burner and use the existing flat cable setup
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    No; sata is on its own (not like ATA/IDE)

    Throw away the CD (actually get rid of all the IDE (except floppy) that's safer

    SATA is quicker!
     
     
  12. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 92

    hmmm mixed answers, sata quicker, ide easier
     
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Actually, you may have noticed I'm not saying which DVD is better, I'm just saying Sata is better (same applies for HardDrives)

    The DVD I have no idea, lol, maybe Tmagic650 knows the best one.
     
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +892

    SATA wil make virtually NO difference when you are dealing with optical drives. Both SATA and IDE will supply more data than any drive can write. Might as well save the SATA ports for the HDDs. Which incidentally can't write data at anywhere near the speed at which SATA 2 can supply it either. But, they're a hell of a lot faster than an optical drive.

    My four Pioneer DVD burners all work just fine, thank you very much. I plan on buying another brace of them for my new computer, you know just for a treat. TSST drives don't seem to work as well, (for me), in my limited experience with them (2 drives). Your results may vary.
     
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes but it gets rid of the ATA cable, and avoids any conflict the IDE drives can have
    If it's a choice, I'd still say SATA
    Umm speed of Drive is not the issue (sorry about that)

    Grrr. I'm not replying :)
    .
     
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +892

    Hmmm...

    Now how did I know you wouldn't agree?

    Besides, for 3 or 4 bucks, round ATA cables look neat, and they come in lots of colors.
     
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,866   +165

    "SATA wil make virtually NO difference when you are dealing with optical drives. Both SATA and IDE will supply more data than any drive can write. Might as well save the SATA ports for the HDDs. Which incidentally can't write data at anywhere near the speed at which SATA 2 can supply it either. But, they're a hell of a lot faster than an optical drive"...

    Beautiful post captaincranky,
    I couldn't say it any better... Thanks. I am planning on going all SATA for hard drives and leaving the CD drives IDE. When the day comes where there are no IDE ports, I'll go all SATA. In LxTrix's case I would go IDE for the ease of installing without having to swap cables
     
  18. LxTrix

    LxTrix TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 92

    IDE is the one then, same Pioneer DVD Burner from newegg so i can easily swap it since i'm no expert at this, if anyone can find a better drive for around the same price let me know, thanks everyone for your help

    your the reason why i come here first for help ^_^
     
  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,866   +165

    Good luck LxTrix,
    Glad we could help
     
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