Best (and cheapest!) DVD-RAM Recorder for PC

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  1. cerebros

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    Probably not the absolute cheapest, don't know about best, but I've bought myself the Panny LDF 521 (think that's the number) for my PC, as it will take caddy-based disks. There are LG DVD-RAM drives about that are cheaper, but these don't take DVD-RAM caddies, so you'd have to use caddy-less RAM discs, or remove you RAM discs from their caddies
     
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    Gonna buy me a Panasonic 50EBS for the lounge, thought I would get a DVD-RAM recorder for my PC to do editing etc - and for backup purposes...

    What are my best and lowest priced options - any special offers going at the moment?

    Whats the best place to buy DVD-R and DVD-RAM at the moment also?

    Thanks,

    Steve.
     
  3. rowbos

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    Was it this model you bought...


    DVD MULTI Drive LF-D521E DVD-RAM/-R/-RW Int Retail

    ?

    Where did you buy it and at what price if you dont mind me asking :)

    Cheers,

    Steve.
     
  4. Rasczak

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    This is the drive I'm currently using. Given sterling service so far. I brought it several months ago now from the Panasonic E-Shop although I wouldn't recommend them as a particularly cheap source.
     
  5. rowbos

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    Excellent, looks like thats the one then, just got to find the best place to purchase from, mmm...

    Steve.
     
  6. kenfowler3966

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    Let us know the best source please as I would also like to get one eventually.
     
  7. ansalmo

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    Scan have the Panasonic SW-9581-C for £70+vat+del (around 90 delivered), which I believe is the OEM version of the 521.

    Write speeds are:
    2x DVD-RAM
    2x DVD-R
    1x DVD-RW
    12x CD-R
    8x CD-RW

    Read speeds:
    2x DVD-RAM
    6x DVD-R/RW
    12x DVD-ROM
    32x CD-R/ROM
    24x CD-RW

    So exactly the same specs as the 521. Total bargain at that price.
     
  8. Zor

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    rowbos

    That was also my plan. Was going to get the new Tosh...but with no RGB in I thought for the little bit of editing I might do I would also edit on my PC and save a few ₤₤₤₤₤

    Let us know how you get on.
     
  9. kenfowler3966

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    Can this definately use -ram? it doesn't mention it on the site, although one of the others does have it stated.
     
  10. ansalmo

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    It is mentioned on the site - here's the direct link to the product information page: here
     
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    According to the DVDrhelp.com site, this drive will only take DVD-Ram disk’s without a caddy.
     
  12. kenfowler3966

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    Well thats not a lot of use then!
     
  13. ansalmo

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    It is if you don't use caddies! :D
     
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    But you can take RAM disks in a caddy out of the caddy!
     
  15. cerebros

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    Not if they're Type 1 discs you can't (or at least I don't imagine the caddies will be usable afterwards....)
     
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    I stand corrected. Personally I only use Panasonic and TDK DVD-RAM disks and all are capable of being removed from their caddies. And some of these disks were brought back as long ago as Jan 02 so surely there can't be many 'Type 1' disks out there?
     
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    Has anyone bought one of these drives from scan - how was the service, and are you happy with the drive?

    Do you get any software with the drive - if not what are you using - and where did you get it from?

    End of questions ... :)
     
  18. cerebros

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    Well I've just (on purpose) bought a pack of 5 TDK type 1 discs... I just prefer that bit of protection against fingerpints that the caddies give.
     
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    Yep, I got one. Fast delivery, and I got a free pack of 10 CD-Rs too :)

    Came with a copy of Nero Express, but I'm using Nero 5.5 that I already had, and playing with the demos of DVD Workshop, Video Studio and DVD Lab at the mo.

    For those worried about the caddies, I spotted that Ebuyer are now selling the Panasonic SW-9571-C for £85 + vat / del. This IS the OEM version of the LFD-521, and takes RAM discs in caddies. Another bargain methinks :D
     
  20. rowbos

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    Just ordered one from scan - decided that i dont need the caddy handling capability - after all none of the discs I have now are caddies anyway!

    Steve.
     
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    Just received my recorder from scan, did not get any software or free discs though.

    ansalmo, when did you order - and did it say on your order - did it mention sw or discs etc?

    Steve.
     
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    My one was a retail pack, which is why it had the software. You've probably got an OEM/bare drive. I think my one might have been on the "today only" page coincidentally, and they often give away the CD packs for items ordered off there.
     
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    Related to this topic, can anyone answer the following question.
    Does anyone know why companies such as HP and Dell are only offering the +R +RW format in their range of DVD re-writers? I mean you just wouldn't want it would you? I really am puzzled as this format is not recognised by the DVD forum and does not bear close inspection when placed alongside -R -Ram. All serious replies would be greatly appreciated. I did pose the same question on another forum, but as usual I ended up with inane answers on the lines of mines better than yours etc.
     
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    Oh well, just plugged my drive in, worked out of the box, and am now able to back up my digital photos - all 3gb of them!

    Hurrah!
     
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    There's no great mystery behind it. Philips, and it was primarily Philips, invested in development of DVD+RW supported by a range of companies representing a cross section of interested parties, i.e. dye manufactors, PC makers, third-party electronics producers, software companies. All these were interested in ensuring their 'toe in the market' of the upcoming DVDR world. Specifically Dell wanted to be seen to be involved in the development side of technology rather than just a PC manufacter (they will happily supply a DVD-RAM/-RW/-R drive if you ask though - as they did this for my Desktop!)

    As the official DVD Formats were already set in stone these companies felt they could better adapt the new format to suit their needs - which may indeed have been a good thing. But ultimately it didn't work out like due to technological problems (DVD+RW is significantly less compatible than original predicted) and accordingly Microsoft has announced it will support all formats in Longhorn, HP has announced it's going three-way Multi-Format in it's next generation DVDR, Verbatim still make DVD-RW/-R and Sony only support +RW in Europe.

    With regard to PC usage DVD+RW was an attempt to give a better product which was unsuccessful due to the same requirements being placed upon the media as with DVD-RW/-R. In the PVR market it's use was nothing more than an attempt, by Philips, to grab market share at the expence of the consumer (i.e. by unleashing a format war).
     
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    Thanks Rasczak for the informative and considered response. It makes a pleasant change to receive a balanced report.
     
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    hi,

    Just a quickie. Ebuyer are selling bare drives i.e drive + drivers and screws model No. SW-9571-CYY. This is basically very very similar to the LFd521e that Racszak uses and accepts the caddy and non-caddy version of the DVD-RAM disk (useful for longevity of disks - fingerprints, dust etc...). Current price £100 inclusive of VAT - bit of a bargain!!

    I've got one and it works fine. It also does DVD-RW as well as DVD-RAM and DVD-R.

    hope this helps

    mel
     
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    As I mentioned 8 messages up :D :p
     
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    Yeah! I know I saw it after I'd posted it but hey what the hell........
     

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