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Dual Drive Dilemma

Postby lionels on Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:03 pm

I have just added a second dvd burner (Pioneer DVR-A10XLA)to my computer. I have always been used to copying dvds using the one dvd drive only with various programs like Nero, Shrink etc. Is there any advantage in using one to load the the disc and the second to burn the movie as opposed to using just one drive? In regards to stability and quality, is there less or more likelihood of freezing etc or is there no difference other than time taken to complete copy?
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Postby Justin42 on Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:47 pm

I would say there's a better chance of problems-- IDE hiccups (especially if they're on the same cable), general reading errors, etc. At least when you copy the files to the hard drive, even if there's a slow/bad spot on the disc that it takes forever to retry, you can burn later (instead of having the drives going crazy trying to keep up).

I don't think I've ever run a DVD-ROM to DVD-burner copy...
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Postby hoxlund on Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:46 am

well the benefit of 1 writer and one reader, and using shrink and decrypter

hit backup in shrink then hands off till the end of burn

no disc swapping

also if they are on the same ide chain, the drives aren't being used at the same time

no chance of saturating the ide bandwidth
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