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Which DVD writer to choose ?

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November 13, 2008 10:06:21 AM

After 3 years of torturing, my LG 4167B DVD writer could no longer recognize DVD content without many retries. Now I intend to purchase another DVD writer for replacement. SATA or IDE interface were OK for me although I prefer SATA type for performance issue.

My PC used Gigabyte GA-8S655FX-L motherboard and OS installed was Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2.

The manual has below description related to SATA:

- Onboard SiS 964
- 2 Serial ATA connectors in 150 MB/s operation mode
- Supports Disk striping (RAID0) or DISK Mirroring (RAID1)
- Support JBOD function
- Supports UDMA up to 150 MB/sec
- UDMA and PIO Modes
- Up to 2 SATA Device

I remembered SATA was set to IDE mode in BIOS when I installed my SATA II HDD.

Could anyone comment on below DVD models, which one would you recommend:

Samsung TSH 653 SATA, TS H652 IDE
Lite-On DH20A4P IDE, DH-20A4H IDE, LH-18A3L SATA, iHAS120 SATA, iHAS220 SATA
Pioneer DVR-116 IDE, DVR-216 SATA, DVR-S16 SATA, DVR-A16FX
SONY DRU-V200A IDE, DRU-V200S SATA
ASUS DRW2014S1 IDE, DRW2014S1T IDE, DRW2014L1T IDE, DRW2014LIT SATA, DRW20B1ST SATA, DRW20B1LT SATA
LG GH22-NP IDE, GH20-NS SATA, GH-22NS SATA, GH-22LS SATA
Philips SPD2517BM SATA, SPD2517BD SATA
HP DVD1635i IDE

I use my new DVD writer heavily on video conversion. Those videos (20-40 chapters) will be burned from my Pioneer DVR-550H-s recorder. I do the conversion everyday. That is, 20-40 video clips will be extracted from DVD-RW (or DVD+RW) disc everyday and converted to mpg files using TSUNAMI MPEG DVD EasyPack. I seldom playback DVD directly from DVD drive and I don't burn DVD using my DVD drive often i.e. less than 1 disc burnt everyday on average.

I prefer SATA DVD writer because I think IDE interface will fade out in coming motherboards and I think my Gigabyte motherboard will "die" before the new DVD writer I buy soon. Besides, I found my current IDE LG drive occupied all the CPU time sometimes during video coversion from DVD+/-RW. I hope that a new SATA interface DVD writer will avoid my PC from being "hung up" when it's working on video conversion.

PS: Due to my bad experience with my current LG DVD writer, I prefer other brands of DVD writers. Yet, if you think LG drive quality have no problem so, please still suggest which model you prefer.

Tks!

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November 13, 2008 10:11:00 AM

Samsung SH-S203 series

Also make sure to get the modded firmware by codeking over at club.cdfreaks.com
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