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Dilemma, Which CD_RW Drive should i get

Postby Samsingh on Sun Dec 01, 2002 8:39 am

I've been researching many sites and i've narrowed down my choice to 3 drives

can anyone give me some opinions and which one i should get

1) TDK veloCD 48/24/48 CD-RW (is this drive also the same as this http://www.computerprices.co.uk/hardwar ... tid=269709)

2) Sony CRX210A1 48/12/48 CD-RW

3) Yamaha CRW-F1 44/24/44 CD-RW

Btw can the speed of these drives be increased with firmware updates?

I'm so far going towards the TDK veloCD drive as it has been recommended by many sites..... so specifically can the speed be increased by firmware updates?

Btw what is Mt Rainer and is it important?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

Thx in advance

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Re: Dilemma, Which CD_RW Drive should i get

Postby black~cobra on Sun Dec 01, 2002 11:39 am

Samsingh wrote:I've been researching many sites and i've narrowed down my choice to 3 drives

can anyone give me some opinions and which one i should get

1) TDK veloCD 48/24/48 CD-RW (is this drive also the same as this http://www.computerprices.co.uk/hardwar ... tid=269709)

2) Sony CRX210A1 48/12/48 CD-RW

3) Yamaha CRW-F1 44/24/44 CD-RW

Btw can the speed of these drives be increased with firmware updates?

I'm so far going towards the TDK veloCD drive as it has been recommended by many sites..... so specifically can the speed be increased by firmware updates?

Btw what is Mt Rainer and is it important?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

Thx in advance

Samsingh


The TDK and the Sony are rebadged(spelling?) Lite-On Drive so i would go with the (real) Lite-On ltr-48246 if i were you ! it can be overclocked to 52x ..... the mount rainier format is just a faster way to put data on a cdrw ( its used like a floppy ......

thats all ....
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Postby Action Jackson on Sun Dec 01, 2002 1:15 pm

Of the burners on the list you gave, I would be leaning towards the TDK. In fact I originally wanted that drive.

The F1 is also a tempting choice not b/c of the Disc T@2, but b/c of it's audio burning method to ensure compatiblility with a wider variety of CD players.
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Postby hoxlund on Sun Dec 01, 2002 1:55 pm

i agree with black cobra get a orginal lite-on, i recommend the 48x (the one i have in my specs), get it from newegg.com

Lite On 48x12x48 CDRW Model LTR-48125W Retail - $57.99
Lite On 48x12x48 CDRW Model LTR-48125W OEM - $57.99

Lite On 48x12x48 CDRW Model LTR-48126S Retail - $57.99 (can be oc'ed to 52x)

Lite On 52x24x52 CDRW Model LTR-52246 OEM - $71.00
Lite On 52x24x52 CDRW Model LTR-52246 Retail - $76.00

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Postby hoxlund on Sun Dec 01, 2002 1:57 pm

if your thinking about either any plextor, or yamaha, don't

you don't gain anything for spending more for non-liteon burners

plus lite-on's burn everything, including all new copy protection schemes

don't believe, just read the reviews of the lite-on, plextor, yamaha
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Postby Samsingh on Sun Dec 01, 2002 2:05 pm

Thx for the feedback so far

do u people know if u can do the same thing and overclock the TDK CD-RW or not?
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Postby black~cobra on Sun Dec 01, 2002 3:28 pm

Samsingh wrote:Thx for the feedback so far

do u people know if u can do the same thing and overclock the TDK CD-RW or not?


you can o/c the tdk with the binary firmware of the lite-on .... or directly with the binary file of the tdk 52x if you can get one (if it exist ? i dont know if tdk have a 52x burner )
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Postby coolestnitish on Sun Dec 01, 2002 3:39 pm

TDK have a 52x24x48X. It is probably a LiteOn too, but I don't know if its firmware is out yet or not.
My suggestion go for LiteOn 52x, its quite cheap, very fast, good writing quality and an original LiteOn so no firmware flashing required :) .
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Postby Samsingh on Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:23 am

Thx for all the feedback people, I have now decided to get a LiteOn 52/24/52 CD-RW but can anyone tell me what is included with the package? Such as software and whether u get any blank CD-Rs etc?

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Postby hoxlund on Mon Dec 02, 2002 7:03 pm

with my 48x i got 1 12x cd-rw, 1 48x cd-r, audio cable, no manual, drive
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Postby Action Jackson on Mon Dec 02, 2002 7:44 pm

My 52x LiteON came with:

-Nero & InCD with Mt. Rainier support software
-1 piece of LiteON branded 24x 650mb CDRW
-1 piece of LiteON branded 52x 700mb CDR

This is for the Canadian Retail package.
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Postby Samsingh on Tue Dec 03, 2002 4:18 am

hrmmm no manual whatsoever? not even one of a cd? Cos i've never installed a CD-RW before...........
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Postby hoxlund on Tue Dec 03, 2002 9:39 am

well im sure you can find a installation step by step online, its probably the simplist thing to install on a computer
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Postby AndyInNYC on Tue Dec 03, 2002 12:09 pm

I purchased the drive from newegg.com; both the OEM and retail boxes come with a 1 year warranty.

The OEM drive comes with registered NERO, audio cable, drive and a fold-out, one page installation manual.

The retail box adds (allegedly) 2 blank CD-R or CD-RWs.

Given that this hardware is directly controlled by software, a manual isn't necessary - what's it really going to tell you?

I went with the OEM - I get my media cheaper than the (nominal) price increase.

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Postby Samsingh on Tue Dec 03, 2002 12:21 pm

"Given that this hardware is directly controlled by software, a manual isn't necessary - what's it really going to tell you?"


How to install the CD-RW perhaps? :P
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Postby hoxlund on Tue Dec 03, 2002 1:50 pm

well if you need help installing the drive just give me a holla at any of my instant messengers
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Postby Samsingh on Tue Dec 03, 2002 2:15 pm

Thx for the offer hoxlund, i appreciate it 8)
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