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Which IDE DVDRW Should I Get For My PC Please?
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:08 PM
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Question Which IDE DVDRW Should I Get For My PC Please?

Hi,

I just need a new IDE DVDRW for my home PC.

I don't want anything fancy, just decent features, that is reliable and of good quality.

I'm thinking of buying one from the following 2:

Pioneer DVR-A18LBK 22x (available for £25.40)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...pf_rd_i=468294


LiteOn 22X (£22)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISA...:X:RTQ:GB:1123

(I am happy to buy from Ebay as I am careful and thorough before purchasing, and buy stuff regularly)


Price wise, they are pretty similar, and I really don't want to spend much more than that, as I don't tend to use this device much anyway, but my current DVDRW needs replacing due to a fault.

*I know I can find review of the above on the net, esp the Pioneer from Amazon already has customer reviews, but I would feel more reassured hearing the views of more informed and "live" people on here and always find the advice beneficial.



Thank you!
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:30 PM
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I've got a Pioneer DVR-108 that still works perfectly. Granted, it doesn't get much use now it's in an enclosure but it has to be the one of the most reliable drives I've ever purchased. My last LiteOn stopped writing disks properly quite some time ago... though that might have been due to my making enthusiastic use of its LightScribe capability.
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Pioneer DVR-A18LBK 22x (available for £25.40)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...pf_rd_i=468294
Novatech are doing those for under £20
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:44 AM
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I'd go for the Pioneer as well.

The last LiteOn drive I had failed quite quickly.
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Old 02-05-2012, 1:50 AM
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What about this from Amazon, its a Sony and has good reviews for £13.05?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-24x-Int...5919730&sr=1-6
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What about this from Amazon, its a Sony and has good reviews for £13.05?
It's SATA - which might be a problem.
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Old 02-05-2012, 11:25 AM
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If you are not buying 'new' then stick to pioneer or NEC.

But, you could always pick up one of the SATA ones and buy an adapter like this one for a couple of quid, then you also get the warranty on the drive in case of any problems.
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You can get one for next to nothing second hand these days.
I have a few of them which I may put on ebay for a fiver each.
I'm sure there are a lot on ebay for similar prices. I've never had one die on me as they tend to outlive the computers they came with.

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For the cheap price I don't think it makes much sense in buying second hand..... DVDrw drives are cheap and disposable these days and most will do the job... they generally either work or fail. The days of unpredictable recordings is almost a thing of the past.

Maybe I've been unlucky but have had a few fail on me, maybe it's lack of use as I certainly don't record many discs or play that many.... and it's not dust build up either as cleaning never cures them.

A Pioneer for £20 is a bargain when you think they used to costs hundreds of £'s

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Old 11-05-2012, 10:46 PM
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Thank you everyone for your helpful suggestions!

In the end, I didnít order one as I think Iíve fixed the problem!

The problem with my HP DVD1035 DVDRW was that the tray wouldnít eject, a friend of mine who works with computers said that itís likely developed a fault and hence would need to be replaced.

I actually donít really use the drive much, but obviously a DVDRW is handy to have.

Anyway, before I was about to order Ė having taken the advice of you kind people on board Ė I came across this video on Youtube by chance (donít know if I am allowed to upload videos, hence Iím just posting the link):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl1jB9MJXsE



I found it quite interesting, for future reference, if anything.

Anyway, having been made aware that the belt in the DVDRW can ďdryĒ over time and needed replacing, and is often the cause for trays not ejecting, rather than removing the whole drive from my PC (which I didnít know how to do, anyway!), I applied WD-40 spray on the existing belt to lubricate it. I may have made it too wet, which initially caused it to jam even more tightly. But the following day after having time to dry overnight, the DVDRW tray opened immediately upon pressing the eject button! This is still the case.

Obviously what I tried was purely by chance and not based on informed knowledge, and I donít know if such an action would normally be recommended, but as I thought Iíve got nothing to lose and it may need replacing anyway, I just gave this a go.

I just thought Iíd share this with you....and hopefully I wonít require a new DVDRW any time soon!

Regardless, I found the video informative and Iím sure others may find it beneficial too.


Thanks again
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Nice one , I will try that tomorrow on my sticking DVD , been using a remote copy with VirtualCD may save me some time
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Nice fix but note that WD40 could make the rubber belt slip or rot eventually (like spraying a noisy fan belt in a car with WD40 which makes it nice and quiet until it splips or breaks!)

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Old 12-05-2012, 7:53 PM
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I've had a couple of pioneer dvdrws and both lasted 2 or 3 years each before they started to fail - usually stop burning halfway through or not recognise more and more types of dvds. I think they died through overuse though because I do burn a ton of discs so if you ever did get one and are not a heavy user then they are probably good value.
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I've had a couple of pioneer dvdrws and both lasted 2 or 3 years each before they started to fail - usually stop burning halfway through or not recognise more and more types of dvds. I think they died through overuse though because I do burn a ton of discs so if you ever did get one and are not a heavy user then they are probably good value.
I've had them fail due to lack of use as well...... it seems you can't win but at least the drives are very cheap these days, pretty much disposable items unfortunately

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