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Help - which optical drive to buy?

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November 4, 2012 12:59:23 AM

I'm looking for a DVD/CD burning internal drive for my new desktop PC.

It has to be retail (I don't want to buy a separate SATA cable).

I'd like it to be reliable and as quiet as I can get. I don't need Blu Ray optical drive either.

I was going to buy the ASUS 24B1ST but I keep reading about them 'blowing up'.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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November 4, 2012 5:40:19 PM

Thank you for the link. Do you have any experience with that model, or that brand?
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November 4, 2012 5:49:54 PM

Yes i own 2 of them!
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November 5, 2012 4:10:04 AM

Lite-On is the way to go.

Lite-On per say is an OEM manufacturer. Some of the optical drives of other brands are actually Lite-On drives rebranded and sold to the customer.

If Im not mistaken some Sony drives are/were from Lite-On.
The Xbox 360 uses Lite-On drives.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one is cheaper by a few... though only 1MB cache and no lightscribe support, if that's a dealbreaker.

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November 5, 2012 6:15:27 AM

All of the ASUS internal drives are manufactured by Lite-On. I have used both over the years without a single issue. I have never heard of them "blowing up." Except for the faceplate, they are the same units. Lite-On also makes drives for Sony.
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November 7, 2012 9:57:28 PM

Thanks for all the help. I purchased a retail version of Lite-on. I wish I could get a Pioneer because I do remember that they were awesome. Actually, I wish I didn't need an optical drive, but I still do :( 
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November 7, 2012 10:58:39 PM

Awesome!

Don't forget to choose a best answer in your threads!

Thanks for being part of Tom's Hardware!!!!!!!!!!
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November 7, 2012 11:04:16 PM

Best answer selected by majax.
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November 7, 2012 11:04:20 PM

Thanks hope you enjoy your new drive!!!!!!!!!!
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