My burner has just packed up, don;t ask me why, think it has something to do with my mate spilling beer on it, lol.
Anyways, I am currently looking into getting a new one. Im thinking that Asus or LG are the way to go as they seem to produce the best quality DVD-RW drives for a good price
Im just looking for some advice really. I assume that your gonna get faster data transfer with a SATA drive compared to an IDE one. It seems that SATA drives have similar read and write speed to IDE drives, but for less money. Was just wondering what you guys thought? What is the benefit of SATA and how does it improve on IDE? At the moment my CD drive is slave to my primary HDD. Will it be a problem if my HDD has no slave? I am new to all this and confused so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Your hard disk will work faster without the PATA DVD drive.
The big benefit on speed you'll get is from putting the signal on a different controller. Your system won't have to wait for the slowest device on the cable to respond before going back for more data, etc....
An IDE channel works at the slowest of it's components. You have a hard drive and a DVD drive. The DVD drive is slower than the hard drive. So the channel will work at the speed of the DVD drive to ensure compatibility.
I try not to assume to much so this may be a real stupid question - Does your Motherboard support SATA. I only ask this as I didn't see what MB you have, or the vintage. Some of the older MB sata did not support CD/DVD drives very well. But by all means SATA CD/DVD drives are the way to go - Not from a performance gain, but much better cabling.
Your SATA controller needs to support ATAPI interface, or it will not support CD/DVD drives. This can happen when you have a RAID controller or onboard controller set in RAID mode; often there is no ATAPI support. Also early SATA controllers not integrated into the chipset did not offer ATAPI support.
So there's a slight chance it wont work, but there's no real reason to go Parallel ATA again - its going to disappear and with good reason. Always go SATA.
And for the record, SATA is also IDE. IDE means the actual controller is in the drive, and the 'controller' in the chipset is actually a 'host adapter'. In other words, IDE means the drives themselves to act as controller, as opposed to the SCSI way of doing things (drives are submissive).