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    CD Writer recommendations

    Good people of the Lounge,

    It's my birthday next week (thank you) and my dear lady wife has offered to by me a CD writer to mark the occasion. I've used one before, but never owned one. I turn to you for your <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> regarding things to be aware of etc. I'm not necessarily looking for a 'brand X are bad, brand Y are good' list, but interested to know your opinions and features to look out for.

    Many thanks in anticipation.

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    1. If you have a room in your computer - buy internal drive.

    2. It is not always true that SCSI is faster than IDE

    3. Connect your internal CD-RW on the different cable than your regular CD (one is primary, other is secondary) - otherwise you can encounter difficulties copying CD to CD.

    4. Buy Roxio Eazy CD Creator Platinum or Nero Burning ROM or whatever Full Version - you wouldn't be happy with downgraded version that comes with the drive (usually).

    5. Prepare yourself to buy DVD-R in a couple of years - I mean don't spend too much now... Good luck!

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Look for a drive with either "burn proof" or a large (4MB+) buffer. This will prevent a lot of coasters.
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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Yeah, don't spend too much on a CD-RW drive since DVD-RW drives are poised to start falling in price.

    Look for a good deal on a 12x10x32 or 16x10x32(or 40) rated drive, say $90 or less. If the drive comes bundled with Nero Burning ROM, install it. Then download the latest version in the download section at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.ahead.de>http://www.ahead.de</A>. Run that. It will uninstall the older version, install the new one, and also a really nice wav editor.

    There are only a few minor features missing from the OEM version of Nero, most which most people won't miss. Can't say the same about the OEM version of Easy CD Creator. It's ca-ca. If you get that, purchase Nero for $49 by download from the web site and paying the reg fee. Easy CD Platinum retails for $99.

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    I like all that the other have told you. One last thing. Think Plextor. Don't get and thing above 16x,?x,?x. In the fistfull I have messed with in the last 4 months or so, none of them burn worth a hill if burning at above 12x. I consistently have PI and PII systems that have 12 CD-ROMs come through my touch and they cannot read the high speed CD-Rs, no matter what speed I burn them on.

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Yeah, Plextor is good. I have a Plextor 12x10x32 in one box, and a Lite-On 12x10x32 in another. The Lite-On performs almost as well as the Plextor for a lot less money.

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Hi
    You might like to consider a Combo drive : CD-RW and DvD player in one internal IDE unit. Also plays CDRs and CDs.
    I'm very happy with a Toshiba.

    Rgds

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    I agree with Merc, a combo drive is perfect for me until I can afford a DVD-RW. I have had a Hewlett packard and it has worked seamlessly on Win 98, Win 2000 and now XP.

    As for speed, if you are going to buy a faster than 12x write, avoid unbranded blanks. I have a house full of coasters made by trying to write at 16x on unbranded blanks.

    Maybe we should start a thread on what to do with them?

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Many thanks to everyone for the advice.

    In the end I opted for the LG 16x. I had a few problems with a persistent DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL stop message, always whenever designing a form in Access for some strange reason, but I decided to reformat and rebuild as my last installation wasn't that long ago. MSKB says it was something to do with shared IRQ's and/or Easy CD Creator (??!!??). Anyway, the drive works fine and I was able to back up my critical stuff and restore with no problems.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    rather than starting a new thread, i thought i'd just continue with this one

    i'm purchasing a new system in the next 2 days. i've spec'ed out a dvd-rw and dvd-r to both be put in the new machine. i'm assuming its possible to copy movies with this configuration but thought i should check with the experts first.

    can i?

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Nobody answer that. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Due to the doubtful legality of duplicating most DVDs pre-recorded with commercial motion pictures, any responses on that specific point should be made only by e-mail (see poster's profile). However, general discussion of one's ability to copy from a DVD-ROM drive to a DVD-RW drive are fair game.

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    I fail to see any legal concerns as long as the copy isn't sold or used commercially in any way. Would seem to be the same as an audio tape recorder, CD burner, or VCR! I'm sure the legality of making personal copies has been resolved years ago.

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Where one of us doesn't see a legal issue, the publisher might. I would wager that none of us (save Jefferson) have the legal training to say definitively - partially because rights management is a very hot political football right now and isn't exactly black and white.

    <hr>the legality of making personal copies has been resolved years ago<hr>
    That's the topic of the month in the PC industry. There are copy protected CDs floating around now that may not allow you to make a copy using a CD-ROM drive in a computer. Legality? I'm waiting to see how the courts rule. Consumers are ticked.

    Point being: what you do in the privacy of your home is your business and the risks are yours to take - but in a public forum all due caution should be used.
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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    Without going into too many details... the Audio Home Recording Act provided immunity for users to make personal copies of audio recordings; the Supreme Court ruled that taping TV broadcasts to "time shift" them for later viewing was okay; the 1976 amendments to the Copyright Act provided for a backup copy of software (but license terms might take that away).

    Movies? No. Hollywood obviously has the strongest lobbyists! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: CD Writer recommendations

    This discussion raises an interesting point.

    Jefferson is quoting US law, and I assume that the lounge must adhere to US law. What about the law in other countries? Suppose for example that some European country passed a law banning the copying of DVD's.

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