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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 03:53 PM
Ok, so I know you've all heard this story before, but I am serious this time. I am going to buy a dvd burner by next week and I'd like some input from ya'll. Ive been to the newegg site and looked around at different types of burners. The one I really like is the HP. Here is the link.

Can you tell me what you all think? Thanks in advance. Im not sure but I think the dvd burner is encased in its own case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140024



[Edited on 10/18/2007 by Eileen1]

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 04:00 PM
I'll make a case for the player to be encased in it's own case.

in case you care, if not, well, i rest my ....


just make sure it burns DVD+R.

i say grumbling, as i just got a vine today with a DVD+R, and my trusty computer only reads DVD-R...



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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 06:00 PM
Eileen that is a good drive but found the lightscribe feature not worth the extra money.

I have a Lite-On internal that I bought and used the lightscribe once. Takes way to long to burn an image on top of dvd. Plus you need a different disc that allows burning lightscribe.

A little less money and a great drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106053

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 06:05 PM
New Egg is great to deal with. When buying computer components that is who I deal with. When my cd burner died I ordered a new one and it was here the next day! That hasnt happened since but have had stuff on average 2 to 3 days. Great service and great prices.

[Edited on 10/18/2007 by cupofjo]

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 07:15 PM
That one is an external drive (that's why it has the case)- nice because all you have to do is plug it in. But then you have another piece of hardware sitting around your computer, and probably slower transfer speeds, if it's USB.

Internal drives are usually a bit cheaper, but then you have to open your computer, mount the drive and find the appropriate power and data connectors. More convenient in the end and probably faster.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 09:05 PM
I've had two external DVD burners in the last two years crap out on me.
The HP light-scribe lasted 11 months, then died. An HP rep. told me to mail to them and they would fix it under warranty.
When i got it back it still didn't work.

So, I bought the Lite-On Easy Dub. That died on me also.

So I dunno.

Probably just bad luck.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 09:58 PM
Honestly, I want to get an external because opening this laptop and taking a chance of not putting it back the right way is just to risky for me, so Im going to take my chances with an external. I dont mind having the extra piece of hardware sitting around because it will only come out when I need to burn dvds.

I guess with any piece of hardware there is a chance it will crap out. Rob, how long have you had the Lite On?

Also, obviously, Im going to need a software to use to burn stuff. The Nero program I use for burning cdr wont work for dvds? I hope this isnt to complicated to figure out.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 09:58 PM
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I've had two external DVD burners in the last two years crap out on me.
The HP light-scribe lasted 11 months, then died. An HP rep. told me to mail to them and they would fix it under warranty.
When i got it back it still didn't work.

So, I bought the Lite-On Easy Dub. That died on me also.

So I dunno.

Probably just bad luck.


Mark, what are you using now?

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:22 PM
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I've had two external DVD burners in the last two years crap out on me.
The HP light-scribe lasted 11 months, then died. An HP rep. told me to mail to them and they would fix it under warranty.
When i got it back it still didn't work.

So, I bought the Lite-On Easy Dub. That died on me also.

So I dunno.

Probably just bad luck.



Mark, what are you using now?



I'm using my Macbooks DVD burner with disc utility

I'm going to try to flash the EZ Dub with a firmware update. Maybe that will fix it.

Nero should handle DVD's, my copy does. But I use DVD Decrypter for copies. or DVD Shrink.

[Edited on 10/19/2007 by punknseed]

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:24 PM
Once I get a burner how will I know how to use it. Im wonderng if someone could do a phone session with me and explain all this stuff.

Its all new terminology to me...I dont have a clue.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:27 PM
I have Nero Express 6 and I dont see anything that says dvd burning. Would I be burning a data disc?

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:32 PM
I might be able to help you out, depending on what you wanted to do.
PM me and I'll give you my phone #, I'll be happy to help in any way I can.



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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:35 PM
Eileen, I have that same burner and I love it.

been using it over a year now.

The internal (same model) on my HP crapped out and I got the external unit so I can move it between computers.

Buy it and don't look back!

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:37 PM
Well basically I want the dvd burner to burn flac files and movies. I dont believe its as easy as burning a cdr so I probably will take you up on that phone call once I get the burner.

Thank you brotha!

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:38 PM
Ron, the Lite On Easy Dub?

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 10:57 PM
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Well basically I want the dvd burner to burn flac files and movies. I don't believe its as easy as burning a cd so I probably will take you up on that phone call once I get the burner.

Thank you brotha!


I really would recommend DVD Decrypter for movies. It's fast and easy.

http://www.dvdhelp.us/dvddecrypter/dvddecrypter.html

Nero's "make a data DVD" should be able to handle Flac. Flac are just data files that you can "add" so it is as easy as making a cd. (Like the farm Aid that you sent me.)
But you can also make an ISO image with DVD Decrypter that will copy a data DVD.

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 11:03 PM
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Ron, the Lite On Easy Dub?


Huh?


What punkinseed said.

I use DVD shrink for DVD's and Nero for flac.

Simple enough so that I can do it.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2007 at 11:17 PM
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Ron, the Lite On Easy Dub?


Huh?


What punkinseed said.

I use DVD shrink for DVD's and Nero for flac.

Simple enough so that I can do it.


Yup, you need DVD shrink to make 'em fit on a 4.7 gig DVD.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 08:48 AM
So in order to copy concerts, etc. I will have to use dvd shrink?

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I have a Lite-On internal that I bought and used the lightscribe once. Takes way to long to burn an image on top of dvd. Plus you need a different disc that allows burning lightscribe.



Ron, I asked what burner you are using. Rob said he uses a Lite-On internal, but I am looking for an external.

This is the link to the Lite-On external:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106053

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 08:48 AM
Eileen, I did this tutorial this morning. I'm in a mad rush, so there may be some spelling mistakes, I know you will forgive.

Feel free to correct this or add to it.

Hope it helps.

How to burn data with Nero.







 

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So in order to copy concerts, etc. I will have to use dvd shrink?

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I have a Lite-On internal that I bought and used the lightscribe once. Takes way to long to burn an image on top of dvd. Plus you need a different disc that allows burning lightscribe.



Ron, I asked what burner you are using. Rob said he uses a Lite-On internal, but I am looking for an external.

This is the link to the Lite-On external:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106053



You can use DVD Shrink for concerts.

But as long as it will fit on one DVD 4.7 gig. I use DVD Decrypter to make an ISO image. Then I can use DVD Decrypter to burn the ISO image to a DVD that you can watch in most DVD players.

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 08:56 AM
Nice! Thank you!

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:02 AM
Eileen,

How about this drive?

http://www.meritline.com/pioneer-dvr-112d-with-usb-enclosure1.html

By my experience, Pioneer's drive is best DVD drive without troubles using any manufacture's media.
This also needs additional software to burn but I think not bad.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:20 AM
Thank you Masahiko. Someone else suggested the Pioneer as well. Its a toss up between the Pioneer and the Lite-On.

Do the external burners have built in fans? They give very little information on them. Also, are all compatible with dvd-r and dvd+r?

Also, if I purchase an internal burner, can I enclose it in a case and use it as an external? There are so many different options, this is making me crazy! *lol*

[Edited on 10/19/2007 by Eileen1]

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:51 AM
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Thank you Masahiko. Someone else suggested the Pioneer as well. Its a toss up between the Pioneer and the Lite-On.

Do the external burners have built in fans? They give very little information on them. Also, are all compatible with dvd-r and dvd+r?

Also, if I purchase an internal burner, can I enclose it in a case and use it as an external? There are so many different options, this is making me crazy! *lol*

[Edited on 10/19/2007 by Eileen1]


I don't believe either internal or external drives have fans. All of them will give you rated speeds and I doublt you will find any drive that cannot handle all media.

You can't make an internal drive into an external, at least I doubt it would make sense... not like getting a case to make an external hard drive.

For the money you have to spend, don't worry. Get a fast drive (don;t worry about read=write- you probably won't do it) Either buy it from NewEgg or watch the Sunday circulars from Staples, BestBuy etc...

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