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Is my Sony DRU-710A dying?

Postby btiger on Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:57 pm

My 3.5 yrs old Sony DRU-710A suddenly wouldn't burn any CDRs, but no problems whatsoever with burning DVRs or RW-DVRs.......how come? I used to be able to burn Fuji CDRs (MIJ) and Sony's own CDRs but now the burn would go thru/no error message but the CDRs would always be "blank" after burnt.

How long is the lifespan of a DVD writer?

Basic info:
- 3.5 yrs old Sony DRU-710A
- 97% burning DVRs and RW-DVRS
- 3% burning CDRs
- burnt about 475 DVRs/RW-DVRs so far
- burnt about 50 CDRs so far
- using Nero 6.6.1.15

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Is my Sony DRU-710A dying?

Postby Scour on Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:03 pm

2 lasers, one for CD and one for DVD

The lifespan? Impossible to say this, some writers die after some weeks, others works nice for years
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Re: Is my Sony DRU-710A dying?

Postby btiger on Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:25 pm

Scour wrote:2 lasers, one for CD and one for DVD


Thanks Scour for the quick reply 8) .

It's good at least it has got 2 lasers...I guess I will get another burner soon lol.

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Re: Is my Sony DRU-710A dying?

Postby Ian on Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:04 pm

You got 3.5 years out of your drive? I gotta say that I'm impressed. Even 3-4 years ago, drives weren't being manufactured to last very long. To cut costs, they made them as cheap as possible.
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Re: Is my Sony DRU-710A dying?

Postby btiger on Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:44 am

Ian wrote:You got 3.5 years out of your drive? I gotta say that I'm impressed. Even 3-4 years ago, drives weren't being manufactured to last very long. To cut costs, they made them as cheap as possible.


Well, I only paid like $65 back in Nov 04 for the Sony 710A :wink: ...I'm more than contended with the drive :D. If these drives were cheaply made back in 04, how about the current drives on the market now? cause the Pioneer 212D/215DBK and Samsung SH-S203B are selling less than $25 in my area :D. Hmmmm my gosh, these $25 new drives will probably be dead after only like 6 mths then? :-s

Hard drive prices and dropping like crazy here, 750GB Samsung are selling for $89/750GB Seagate $109 and flash drive are going for like 8GB/$19.99 or less......I'm wondering if the CD/DVD burning will be a thing of the past soon :roll: ....

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Re: Is my Sony DRU-710A dying?

Postby hoxlund on Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:49 am

i would replace it, if you want to go with another IDE dvd burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827151155

if you want to go with a SATA burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827151155

both are amazing burners, i have 2 of the sata sammy 203n models in one of my computers
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