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Any thoughts on the sony dvd+/-r Drive

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by mandril, Jan 21, 2003.

  1. mandril

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    Have seen this DVD drive advertised

    http://www.theoverclockingstore.co....3ada8053a3d96cbb3876fc2e4718e6e&codeid=812440

    It records on +/- DVD and it seems quite good value at around £250. The only thing that seems odd is that it only has an 8MB buffer. Is this OK? The Ricoh dvd writers have a 4.7Gb buffer.

    I would appreciate any advice on DVD burners as I have now decided to buy one, (rather that a stand alone DVD/R) and I'm not the most technical minded person in the world so any advice really would come in useful.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Desmo

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    There is no way the Ricoh has a 4.7Gb buffer.
    8MB buffer sounds about normal. The good thing with the Sony unit is the fact that it supports the + and - formats.
     
  3. mandril

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    thanks for your reply Desmo, the fact it records in the +/- is whats drawn me to it. But like I said I'm not the most technicaly minded person (in fact I'm an idiot).

    "The Rioch 12XCD DVD Re-writer comes well equipped with a buffer to under-run and help with the prevention of errors, and with the ability to store up to 4.7Gb of extra data for your PC."

    This is from the PC world website. Whats that all about?
    Also does anyone know of any other DVD R's that record on +/-?


    Thanks again
     
  4. Desmo

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    It just says ability to store 4.7Gb because that is the size of a DVD+/-R disc.
    Every DVD writer is the same in this respect.

    The part about buffer under-runs is so you don't wast DVD's making coasters :)
    Normally, if the buffer runs out of data to write to the CD/DVD then it won't work. Most writers these days have some kind of "Burn Proof" technology that allows the writer to carry on even if the buffer runs out of data.

    I don't know of any other writers at the moment that support both the + and - standards.
    By the way, I sohuld let you know that I don't have a DVD writer so I'm not recomending the Sony unit from any personal experience.
     
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    As far as i know this is still the case, some more are due on the market soon-ish, but they will probably be clones of the sony.

    Personally, i dont have a DVD writer, but i personally would not go for anything but the sony at the moment. This is basically because it gets favourable reviews, and its compatible with both standards.

    This is bound to be useful as the standards war hots up. Eventually a group of people are going to have redundant hardware. With the sony, this will not be the case.
     
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  8. mandril

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    Thanks all for your advice.

    Well spotted pack-man, but once I've decided to get something I can't hold on (well not three months anyway). Its a shame because it does seem a great price.

    I think I'll order the Sony, I just have to find the cheapest retailer now. Wish me luck!
     
  9. Skid Solo

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    Did you fidn a good price for the Sony version, I am haveing problems finding a supplier with one in stock
     
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    I've been looking around and can't find any stock of the Sony anywhere. It's even out of stock on the Sony on-line store !!
     
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    Had a look at www.komplett.co.uk regarding the NEC drive.

    Something very strange is happening with this unit.

    1) Its called the ND1300 on www.komplett.co.uk
    2) The tech overview makes several references to the ND1100 NOT the ND1300.
    3) The ND100 is shown elsewhere on the site as a +RW only drive.
    4) NEC announced the worlds first +RW/-RW combo drive last October called ,,,, the ND1100 !! and then promptly withdrew it from the (UK at least) market claiming that they hadn't completed all their 'disk compatibility' tests.

    To summarise, NEC brought the combo unit on the market last year and ... it didn't work !!!! (IMHO). A bit worrying.

    Anyone got the Sony unit and does it to what it says on the tin ?
     
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    Has anyone managed to find any site that has this in stock yet ?
     

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