DVD reader or CD burner should go in favor of DVD burner?


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roadrunner

Clear Day
I need some advice, please.

I have a 2800+ Athlon w/512 meg ram, 120 gig HD, DVD reader and CD burner,
and using Windows XP Home as my OS. I just bought a new Sony DRU-530A DVD
burner and want opinions on which of the disc drives I presently have would
you sacrifice? (I only have 2 bays available)
I bought it (Sony) to burn Data DVD's to b/u my files/system. I also want
to use it to copy some DVD's I OWN and to burn some of my best VHS movies to
DVD. I deal a lot w/mp3 files, some pictures and a few videos I've dl'd from
the net.
The drives I presently have are:
"JLMS XJ-HD 166S" as the DVD reader and,
"LITE-ON LTR-48246S" as the CD burner.
I also use a Sony Mini-Disk player/recorder, model MZ-S1 which requires the
"Sonic-Stage" software to download mp3 files to this device. The new Sony
DRU-530A DVD burner I want to install has the Sony
format "ATRAC-3" for compressing mp3's down to the point one can put 490+
songs on a CD-R. I don't use this presently but will when I buy a new
portable cd player, it will be a Sony w/ATRAC-3.
My question is; if my best option is to keep the present CD burner I have
and replace the DVD reader w/the Sony DRU-530A DVD burner will my 2 CD
burners work in harmony or could there be a conflict?
And lastly; if I keep the DVD reader I have and delete the CD burner for the
new Sony DVD burner could I "read" DVD files directly from the DVD reader
and copy to the DVD burner? Which would be more advantageous?
Any help will be GREATLY appreciated!
Thank You.
 
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Miss Perspicacia Tick

roadrunner said:
Clear Day
I need some advice, please.

I have a 2800+ Athlon w/512 meg ram, 120 gig HD, DVD reader and CD
burner, and using Windows XP Home as my OS. I just bought a new Sony
DRU-530A DVD burner and want opinions on which of the disc drives I
presently have would you sacrifice? (I only have 2 bays available)
I bought it (Sony) to burn Data DVD's to b/u my files/system. I also
want to use it to copy some DVD's I OWN and to burn some of my best
VHS movies to DVD. I deal a lot w/mp3 files, some pictures and a few
videos I've dl'd from the net.
The drives I presently have are:
"JLMS XJ-HD 166S" as the DVD reader and,
"LITE-ON LTR-48246S" as the CD burner.
I also use a Sony Mini-Disk player/recorder, model MZ-S1 which
requires the "Sonic-Stage" software to download mp3 files to this
device. The new Sony DRU-530A DVD burner I want to install has the
Sony
format "ATRAC-3" for compressing mp3's down to the point one can put
490+ songs on a CD-R. I don't use this presently but will when I buy
a new portable cd player, it will be a Sony w/ATRAC-3.
My question is; if my best option is to keep the present CD burner I
have and replace the DVD reader w/the Sony DRU-530A DVD burner will
my 2 CD burners work in harmony or could there be a conflict?
And lastly; if I keep the DVD reader I have and delete the CD burner
for the new Sony DVD burner could I "read" DVD files directly from
the DVD reader and copy to the DVD burner? Which would be more
advantageous? Any help will be
GREATLY appreciated!
Thank You.

Lose the DVD-ROM. DVD burners can read as well as write, and dedicated CD
burners are usually faster at burning CDs. I have both with no problems
(actually my CD burner is a combi drive).
 
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Alex Nichol

roadrunner said:
I have a 2800+ Athlon w/512 meg ram, 120 gig HD, DVD reader and CD burner,
and using Windows XP Home as my OS. I just bought a new Sony DRU-530A DVD
burner and want opinions on which of the disc drives I presently have would
you sacrifice? (I only have 2 bays available)
I bought it (Sony) to burn Data DVD's to b/u my files/system. I also want
to use it to copy some DVD's I OWN and to burn some of my best VHS movies to
DVD. I deal a lot w/mp3 files, some pictures and a few videos I've dl'd from
the net.

The DVD burner will also burn CDs, so I would keep the two DVD devices
and take the CD out.
 
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Miss Perspicacia Tick

Alex said:
The DVD burner will also burn CDs, so I would keep the two DVD
devices and take the CD out.

Sorry, Alex, I have to disagree. A CD burner will burn faster (my DVD burns
CDs at 24x, while my combi drive burns at 2½ times that, ie 60x). Therefore,
if the CD burner burns faster than the DVD, then I'd lose the DVD-ROM as the
DVD burner will, obviously, read DVDs as well. Of course, I have the best of
both worlds, as the combi will read DVDs.
 
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Alex Nichol

Miss said:
Sorry, Alex, I have to disagree. A CD burner will burn faster (my DVD burns
CDs at 24x, while my combi drive burns at 2½ times that, ie 60x). Therefore,
if the CD burner burns faster than the DVD, then I'd lose the DVD-ROM as the
DVD burner will, obviously, read DVDs as well. Of course, I have the best of
both worlds, as the combi will read DVDs.

But then the setup cannot do a DVD to DVD copy. . . I get the best of
both; having an additional UDMA card so have DVD Rom, DVD burner, and
two hard drives; and an older CD-RW on the card
 
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Yves Leclerc

But I find that burning a CD @ anything faster than 24x is a "hit or miss".
I would "lose" the CD burner and replace it with the DVD burner.
 
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Alex Nichol

Yves said:
But I find that burning a CD @ anything faster than 24x is a "hit or miss".
I would "lose" the CD burner and replace it with the DVD burner.

Also bearing in mind that rated speed of a DVD drive is in DVD speed
terms. My 4x burner is rated as 16x for CDs - which is not that bad
bearing in mind the flexibility you then have with two DVD devices
..
 

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