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Which CD-RW drive for ripping..?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by SimonO, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. SimonO

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    Not strictly an HCPC question, but my CD drive has just destroyed two music CD's and I'm not risking another so I'd like some recommendations for a replacement... Apart from loading software and backing up data it's mainly used for CD ripping...
     
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    Afternoon

    I can recommend the liteon 48x units (CDRW 48x12x48) rips, well, evrything I've tried including so called protected titles (use EAC to rip out the dual session garbage that BMG et al insist on putting on) best of all they're ridiculously cheap now everyone wants to get DVD writers. Check out www.novatech.co.uk for their rebranded versions which start at silly prices. They also do Sony black DVD +/- RW rewriters for pennies too)

    Incidently what did your drive do? Is it a slot loader?

    Cheers

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    Thanks for the reply... It's a TEAC front loader and it gets to 15x makes a load of noise then you can hear the disc jump then shatter... :(
     
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    We use Plextor CDRW's here almost exclusively in our digital editors and playout systems on the recomendation of the system software people......They might not be the cheapest or fastest but, we have thousands of the things and they get a right hiding but don't go wrong all that often.....
     
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    Thanks Graham, I don't mind spending a bit extra if they are reliable as I've already destroyed £20 worth of CD's..!
     
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    Thanks again for the posts, I've ordered a Plextor 52x24x52 drive from eBuyer... :thumbsup:
     
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    Simon.

    The only thing I would say is to be careful of the drive tray when it is out, most damage to CD drives happens due to the tray being bashed and jumping off its cogs inside and pushing it back in has predictable results.....This applies to all tray drives really including those fitted to Meridian kit.....(if I had a pound for everyone of those I've fixed...etc....).

    I'd be curious to find out what was wrong with your existing cd eater though. Sounds like the puck has come adrift so the CD thrashes around manically inside....
     
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    Hello Graham... I did take it apart yesterday and although the 'puck' mechanism was a little sloppy, nothing seemed to be broken... Anyway it's in the bin now!!!
     
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    Sounds like that is the best place for it.... :smashin:
     
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    New drive is in... :thumbsup: So much faster!!! I had to modify my VAIO drive bay cover to make the Plextor fit (nothing a Stanley knife and a dab of super glue couldn't fix) but apart from that, touch wood, everything seems fine...
     
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    Hmmm... MP3's from my old TEAC drive always sounded pretty good, but since installing the Plextor they're almost un-listenable... I haven't changed any settings other than the drive (I'm using LAME through Audiograbber at 256 Kbit/s CBR)... What's going on..! :lease:
     
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    MP3's always sound rubbish mate....... :rotfl:

    What exactly is happening, is it just sound quality or skipping etc.? I assume you have checked your connections etc. Data is data at the end of the day, the drive will have next to no influence on the sound, sondcard faults/fitting or software settings are far far more likely....or crap CD blanks.... ;)
     
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    I'm getting pops and crackles on the recordings..? :confused:
     
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    Leads/connectors etc? Of course damage sustained on the disk due to use in the old drive might be a reason? Of course the drive could be duff as :censored: happens even to the best..... Never actually had that fault reported here though adn I think we have seen them all.....
     
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    I'm resurrecting this thread as I have a related problem, my DVD drive has packed up :suicide: ... The Plextor CD drive has been perfect, so what's the equivalent daddy of DVD-RW drives..?
     
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    Plextor 716A
     
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    Wow that was quick, many thanks...
     
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    :) I aim to please.....
     

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