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    Originally posted by Gunbuster
    What media do you use Austin?
    Also what software would you reccomend to buy? (or bundle?)
    I'll keep your drive in mind Nighshade as 8x burning is quite attractive. What media do you use?
    Also some drives have HD burn does anyone have experience of this?
    Only got my drive very recently so have had very little time to play. What you should do as soon as you get your drive is use Herrie's 1.08 firmware, std 1.06 type firmware was far less compatible.

    INFO ON NEC ND1300A (you can type any other model in too):
    http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdwriters.p...&Search=Search

    HERRIE'S ND1300A FIRMWARE INFO (rpc1 = regionfree IIRC):
    http://forum.rpc1.com/viewtopic.php?...herrie+nd1300a
    http://herrie.rpc1.org/

    DVDINFO (reading the media code from discs):
    http://www.dvdinfopro.com/

    QUOTE: "Personally I have very good experience with discs that have LEADDATA01 as MID (Media Identifier). They are sold as 'That's Write', 'Sunstar', '1One', 'Accu' and 'DupEz'. I can recommend That's Write discs since they seem to be good quality for a good price. Sunstar isn't very reliable at 4x. Often discs will only work at 2x. I have very good experience with Mitsui MAM-E 4x too."

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    I would like to use my first post to pimp the lite - on drives. I think lite-on are the best quality/value on the market. They have both a 4X and an 8X drive available, for £88 and £125 respectably. take a look

    http://www.blankdiscshop.co.uk/

    just look in the hardware section. They also stock some other drives,(4X pioneer for £89) and ive found them to very cheap and reliable in the past.

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    lite on forever

    good luck with your drive purchase m8.

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    Lite-On and Plextor are the two best Optical writing manufacturers around, so yeah, anything from Lite-On is likelt to be good too.

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    Optorite and MSI (I think) do HD Burn:
    http://www.microdirect.co.uk/company...doptdd0401.htm
    The OptoRite DD0401 is currently on special at Microdirect for £122 for the retail version and its an 8x DVD+R recorder.
    Argh, I can feal my money burning up in my pocket as we speak.

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    LiteOn are top notch for both CDRW and DVDROM but they have some wekanesses in DVD Writing which may be addressed via firmware or alternatively require new hw revisions. I looked into the LiteOn options as I've only bought LiteOn drives (for me and others) for several years now BUT it simply wasn't worth it for the LiteOn DVD Writer when I looked heavily into it a month or so ago.

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    Originally posted by funnelhead
    I would like to use my first post to pimp the lite - on drives. I think lite-on are the best quality/value on the market. They have both a 4X and an 8X drive available, for £88 and £125 respectably. take a look
    I was tempted by the lite-on, but a few too many complaints about its compatibility with cheap media in places like cd freaks forums was enough to dissuade me. Also, its 8X only for + format yet I'm likely to start off burning - media for potentially higher compatibility with a couple of old dvd players.

    I've just ordered a pioner 106 (A06 but OEM) with the £5 nero 6 from the SVP place recommended on earlier posts here.

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    Originally posted by NightShade737
    The best drive at the moment is the Plextor-708A. You don't need to worry about getting 8x media as it burns most 4x discs at 8x.

    NS
    Well, at www.cdrlabs.com, most people (in the forum) seem to agree that the Pionner is good.
    The Pionner (106) seem to be highly compatible with most medias.

    The Plextor on the other hand.. was rated *very* highly in the review, was one of the most desirable DVD burners in the forum..
    However, some people have also pointed out that the Plextor didn't have the best write quality.

    And considering its price, and the rate at which new DVD burners are released.. I wouldn't go for it personally.

    Having said that the Lite-On 8x DVD burner apparently can't burn 4x media at 8x. So if you really wanted a 8x burner, the Plextor would be a better bet.. maybe (I'd wait for more choices personally).

    HD-Burn sounds similar to something similar Plextor has been offering with its 52x32x52 Premium CDRW. And like Plextor's offering, I can see it compatible only with certain drives that supports it..
    Last edited by TooNice; 13-11-2003 at 02:25 PM.

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    Yeah it's certainly a great idea but I think it will be much like those 120MB (IIRC) floppy drives which could read and write like a normal floppy BUT also write to special floppies which could hold 120MB instead fo 1.4MB. I think it will prove very useful for data backups and stuff where the added capacity on the same cheap CDR media will be a benefit over compatibility. With Suspicion over lastability of 700MB on CDRs (possibilities of < 2 years) I would question how safe any data would be when writing 1.4GB on them. Anyway it certainly sounds useful but with DVD writers and media ever declining in cost it may be too late for it to catch on or prove useful.

    PS. Also reminds of all those guys punching an extra hole in a 720k floppy disk to make it store 1.4MB .... and those who forced the floppy to store more than 1.4MB on it via sw too!

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    Lol I can remember installing a DS0: device driver to my Amiga 1200 so I could store 960kb on a DD disk rather than 880kb.

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    Originally posted by Gunbuster
    Lol I can remember installing a DS0: device driver to my Amiga 1200 so I could store 960kb on a DD disk rather than 880kb.
    mmm Amiga, diskspare was a great program/device driver, much more reliable than the original FS.

    fond memories...

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    I just used a HD floppy drive and got 1.76 meg out of each disk

    Umm anyway, I've got a Sony U14A and it seems pretty decent so far
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    Originally posted by Stoo
    I just used a HD floppy drive and got 1.76 meg out of each disk
    I'm sure there was some reason why you couldn't so that..... if not only for the fact that most Amiga drives wouldn't read 1.44MB disks anyway...

    I'll probably remember later. Still have my 1240T here, going to set it up again shortly.

    AAAANyway, Are - DVD-Rs generally more compatable with set-top DVD Players? I though it was the other way round, and if it isn't the other way round I am going to kick myself....

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    Its usually stated that DVD - is supposed to be '5%' more compatable than + media on older DVD drives. (new drives are supposed to be ok with both)

    Sounds like a somewhat guessed at figure to me, but perhaps I will soon find out. I've ordered a veriety pack of +'s to try in addition to some - ones.

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    Im looking for one as well, has anyone heard of Optirite?

    Optirite 8x DVD Writer (Multi Format DVD+/DVD-)
    £139.99

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    I think it's a rebadged lite-on?
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