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DVD Reader and DVD Writer vs Two DVD Writers

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July 26, 2007 8:57:10 AM


I'm looking at parts for a new system. As for CD\DVD drives, when looking at getting one reader and one writer, versus getting two writers, the price difference is only about $12: Readers are going for about $20 and writers for about $32. So, I've been thinking of getting two writers, it would be nice to just use the fastest/quietest writer for the actual writing, plus, I'd have a backup for when one inevitably burns out.

Is there any real advantage, other than saving about $12, to go with one reader and one writer vs two writers? One issue that caught my eye is a comment I saw that said writers tend to take 7 to 10 seconds to read a newly inserted CD\DVD. Is this true, and is this something that does not happen with reader-only models?

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July 26, 2007 9:23:44 AM

You can bet on one of them burning out sooner or later. The Halflife of my cheapo writers is about 4 months. So definitely get two writers...
July 27, 2007 2:37:36 AM

lol - Yeah - The burning out issue is a given. I've had CD writers last 3 years at the most, it wouldn't surprise me if DVD writers (particularly with prices so low) burn out a lot faster.

I'm still hoping to get some more feedback on this issue: "...a comment I saw that said DVD writers tend to take 7 to 10 seconds to read a newly inserted CD\DVD. Is this true, and is this something that does not happen with reader-only models? "

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