Recommend New CD-RW

Compact presario / S4300nx
August 4, 2009 at 06:47:04
Specs: Windows XP
My internal OEM CD-RW seems to be bad.

My system is Windows XP Home Edition SP3, Pentium 4HT 2.4 GHZ, 512MB RAM and 320 GB SATA I hard drive. All graphics and controllers are integrated into the motherboard which is a P4SD-LA (Stingray). The CD-RW is on an IDE cable in the slave position. I do have an empty SATA I plug on my mother board.

I assume a multifunction DVD RW drive would be an appropriate replacement. Any suggestion on Brand and what to look out for and or avoid? Can I use the SATA I plug of do I need to stay with the IDE slave cable?

Thanks, Bill

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August 4, 2009 at 07:33:01
How did you determine your drive is bad?

You can use either IDE or SATA. IMO IDE is a better choice at this time. I personally have had trouble getting SATA optical drives working on some systems.

Depending on the color you can find a fair amount of choices. Some with free shipping. I recommend ordering from Best online vendor there is.

Below is a complete list of all their combination CD/DVD burners. Both SATA and IDE. There is no speed advantage with SATA optical as the speed limitation on optical drives is 66mbps with both types. You do need to use an 80 wire IDE cable to get those speeds. That is the cable with the colored board end connector (usually blue).

I am partial to Lite On brand but most all are good. Look for what, if anything may be bundled with the drive. There are pictures accompanying the product that show. You may get only the bard drive or possibly cables and a burning program.

Double click on the product line to expand and you will see both product spec and rating buttons.

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August 4, 2009 at 09:20:39
I used Sony's drive check program to test the drive and PC Doctor. I got the same error messages from both programs. They both played music and read data files successfully. When trying to do the write test to a CD-RW neither would recognize a blank CD. I tried both Sony and TDK discs. When trying a CD-R, both accepted the disc but then gave an error when trying to write.

Is their some other test I should do.

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