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I've got to buy a CD burner - which one?

By michtif-maker ·
Well, I can't put it off any longer. I've got to get something that I can backup my system to. I suppose the only reasonable way to do it now - with drives being as big as they are - is with a cd writer. Anyway, which one!!?? How much does it matter between a $99 and a $400 drive? Any suggestion will be appreciated but please consider that I'm not a full fledged "tech pro" yet so I'm not making the big bucks. Oh yeah, and it's going on a 2 or 3 year old Dell PII system. what do ya say? thanks!

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by agiias In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

Couple of years/Zero problems - Yamaha 4416
S w/Adaptec software

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by michtif-maker In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

COOL! Other than some of them including DVD players, I can't quite figure the differences. Ah well...I'll settle for something that'll get the job done and not break before the rest of my system does. Two years without problems sounds good tome. Take care.
~Michtif

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by dcosgrove In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

I use hp 9100 or better for multi read capability. They are reliable so far and can be had for as low as 159.00 if you find them on sale. The new plextors with burn-proof are receiving great reviews and have a technology to allow multi tasking andburning at the same time, they also have a healthy buffer. Software is also critical you need a solid program like nero or adaptec to fully utilize a good burner.

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by michtif-maker In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

Thanks for the input. I've seen HP's on sale all over from $149 to $249.
Multitasking plextor's huh? I just learned yesterday that you usually can't do anything else during a cd burn. That's just not right!
~Michtif

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by pschuvie In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

I'm going to go against the grain of your question and suggest that you consider a harddrive with removeable tray solution.

I was in a similar situation and figured the CD Burner would be the way to go. But then taking into account the need for spanning multiple CDs - the time it takes to write - the potential for a single cd in a set failing - ya da ya da ya da - I looked at the current prices for Harddrives, along with a drive copy or drive imaging software and found I could get it all taken care of for about the price of a good quality burner. I added the removeable tray and I just slip it in - run the drive copy - and bam I have a drive that is a duplicate of the point in time, and if really pressed I can do a couple switches and it is the bootable drive with everything in place. And since it operates at buss speed the time to do it is minimal.

And I can put the drive inside my fireproof safe and now I have disaster recovery licked.
Well sort of.

Don't get me wrong I LOVE having my CD burner, for storing stagnant stuff and such, but it is just that this is much simpler to me.

PS - With the price of drives continually going down I actually was able to get one that did 2 copies of the entire drive contents forless than the CDRW was going to cost.

Just a though to think :) Let me know if you have any other questions.

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by michtif-maker In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

YES! It was my first thought too! But, the funny thing is, I asked so many people about it that I can't remember what the reason was that caused me to look the other way to CD burners. I think it had something to do with the speed of the system only being as fast as the slowest drive...or, well, I can't see that that would have deterred me so easily...hmmm...I think you may be right although, I have to admit, I was getting a bit excited about "having" to get that "darn" cd burner <<picture the forced fake frown>> (Shhh...i've wanted one since about 10 years before they came out on the market!) <smile>

Thanks again! ~Michtif

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by hclarius In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

Before purchasing a CDRW, you must checkout Plextor's. In particular read about their "Burn-Proof" technology. I have a couple of HP's models as well, but when I need a fast reliable burn I use the PlexWriter 12/10/32A.

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by michtif-maker In reply to I've got to buy a CD burn ...

Thank you all for your advice! I know so little about these things though so I can only guess at what the "burn-proof" means...hmmm...maybe an additional safeguard to the new "erasable"/rewritable drives to insure no crash's due to overwriting?Maybe? How'd I do? :-) Thanks again for the input

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