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A DVD drive stopped working on a system and I need to replace it, possibly with a DVD burner. I'd be interested in recommendations for good drives that work well with Linux. Thanks.

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I have a Samsung TS-H552-U, cost $39 six months or so ago. It's an EIDE Internal drive, double layer DVD-RW. Works great with K3B. Never had a bad burn. I really like it.

 

Link: http://samsung.com/Products/OpticalDiskDri...RW_TS_H552U.htm

 

Newer models are now available since I bought mine: http://samsung.com/Products/OpticalDiskDri...ables/index.htm

 

I highly recommend that you get a DVD Writer and not just a Reader. The prices are so low these days for DVD Writers, it'd be a shame not to get one.

Edited by jboy

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Here's a very nice one on sale at new egg:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16827152059

 

and one for a similar price, considering free second day shipping, from zip zoom fly:

 

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...ductCode=172512

 

I have the NEC 3540 and am very pleased with it. Both those drives are bare drives, i.e. no cables or software are included, just the drive itself.

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Both Pioneer and LG are true quality brands. Extremely reliable. Both have dual layer burning. For the miniscule extra money, get a dual layer machine.

 

Cheers. John.

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NEC makes the best DVD burners ATM.

A good informative site for burners is CDFreaks. There they praise mostly the last NEC and BenQ drives.

In general any fully MMC-3 compatible atapi burner should work under Linux fairly well... avoid SATA devices, some strange external ones and Plextors (their firmware has some extras, not to be found in other burners, but at the cost of full MMC-3 compatibility, it seems).

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In checking the NEC burners on Newegg and Tigerdirect there are OEM and Retail versions. Aside from a pretty box to throw out is there any reason to buy a Retail version instead of OEM (about $8 extra)?

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The retail normally just means you get the nice pretty box, etc, etc. I've always bought OEM LG drives, and had no problems with them. They come in a brown box, but you still get the manual, CD's.

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The oem version does not come with the ribbon cable or the cd burning software you would normally get with the retail version. That and the price are the only differences.

 

I'd recommend using new egg or zip zoom fly instead of tiger direct. They are generally better regarded and I've known several people that have had bad experiences with tiger.

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I use a Sony DW-D26A on my test computer and have

probably loaded, cut & booted 50+ Linux Distros

on that thing. I've never had a problem with it.

I've never had a problem with CD's cut by this

drive being read by other drives.

 

FWIW I have spent over 30+ years in the data

storage industry. Mostly disks and tapes. Half

of that time as a real engineer designing interfaces,

the other half in Marketing and Sales both in the

USA and Europe.

 

A fact of life in removable media, whatever it

is, there is no 100% guarantee on media read/write

compatibility from machine to machine and even

with the same machine. If you write a media

( CD, Floppy, tape, whatever ) remove it from the

drive and reinsert it in the same machine there is

always the possibility that you won't be able to

read what you just wrote and that on the same

machine.

 

The challenge is not the physical location of

the "tracks" written to the media. It has more

to do with what I will refer to here as the

"tuning in" of the data stream. Reading magnetic

or optical media is like tuning a radio. De-tune

it and you can't hear the station (data). And there

lies the compatibility issues.

 

You'll not find anywhere a manufactures guarantee

on read/write compatibility anymore. You assume

it and the manufactures let you do so.

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I would also advise Not going with TigerDirect.

They stiffed me for over $80 in rebates.

Try http://www.geeks.com/

And they also have an eBay store with some Very good buys.

I've been dealing with them for a few months now and have been very pleased. I bought most of my wife's new Athlon64 puter parts from them along with the DVD burner in mine.

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