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    Best DVD???

    I bought a pioneer 16x slot drive about a month ago and i think it's faulty. It gets *very very* hot and is so loud it disturbs me when watching movies. Can anyone reccommend and quiet drive in the 8x - 12x range.
    I use it for program installation and watching movies, so the main feature would have to be low seek times but high transfer rates would be nice. Overall it has to be quiet.

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    Return or exchange the drive. Pioneer makes the best DVD drives for the PC. You could go with a slower Pioneer drive.

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    Well i have a 12x Hitachi DVD-ROM (not sure of the model) but it is SUPER QUIET and it is dam reliable
    never gets hot

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    what about the Toshiba SD-M1402 12x drive. I read really good things about them

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    I dont think its faulty, mine is the same, gets v.hot and is pretty loud when fully spun up.

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    The Toshiba 16X/48X: SD-M1502 very quiet/fast. About $70

    Even quieter? the SD-M1402 mentioned above, about $60

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    I love my 16X Pioneer slot loader. With 20 fans total, it doesn't heat up and I can't hear it over the Delta's 7700RPMs anyway.

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    I'd personally recommend the Toshiba or Hitachi drives or the tray-loading Pioneers. I owned both a 6X and 10X slot-loaders and both died with the "click of death" (right after 1 yr - no word from Pioneer support after zillions of emails). I posted this problem and was deluged with hundreds of emails from people in the exact same boat.

    Some may like them, but I'll never buy another slot-loading Pioneer as long as I live.

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    Go check out http://www.digitalconnection.com they specialize in home-entertainment pc equipment, and they test all their products to ensure they fit the bill. For example, they stopped carring the slot-loading pioneer DVD because the latest model was so loud. Oh, they also carry a nice assortment of black pc components.

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    Originally posted by VinceF:
    I'd personally recommend the Toshiba or Hitachi drives or the tray-loading Pioneers. I owned both a 6X and 10X slot-loaders and both died with the "click of death" (right after 1 yr - no word from Pioneer support after zillions of emails). I posted this problem and was deluged with hundreds of emails from people in the exact same boat.

    Some may like them, but I'll never buy another slot-loading Pioneer as long as I live.

    eeeee!?! "click of Death". I'm scared.....hold me. umm what's the click of death?
    Plus in Australia, we have a 2 year on warrenty on pioneers, so if it does stuff up, i'll chuck it at their heads and tell them to give me my money back!


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    "click-of-death" comes from the tendency of earlier zip drives to emit a click/clunk (the sound of the heads retracting and extending), which could then signify that the drive was f#####, and the disk too. Any disk you put in that drive would then be knackered too.

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    Yep, that term was pioneered (g) by the Zip Drives, but it was applicable to the Pioneer 6X and 10X drives as well. When the Pioneer slot-loader came out, six of us went out and bought one immediately. Performance was excellent and the drive was virtually silent when running. Later, I put that unit into "reference use" and bought a 10X slot-loader for home use.

    Right about the 1-1.5 year period, each of the 7 drives stopped working and when CDs were inserted, only a "click-click" sound was heard and the CD never initialized. I talked to others who I knew also bought the drives and many were also having troubles or their slot loaders were already toast.

    I was a bit perplexed by the bad luck we all were having and posted a Daily Comment on the site about it. The deluge of reader email (easily 200+) I received was pretty good evidence that something serious was up with those drives, and most also had problems within the exact same time-frame.

    Now I have no direct experience with the newer 16X slot loaders, but I've since moved back on the Toshiba tray models and have not had a problem. I even have Panasonic and Hitachi DVD tray drives that are older than the 6X Pioneer slot loader (and have played more DVDs and CDs) with no problem at all.

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    Originally posted by eurodaiz:
    Plus in Australia, we have a 2 year on warrenty on pioneers, so if it does stuff up, i'll chuck it at their heads and tell them to give me my money back!
    Just make sure the store itself will honor it. I also had a longer Pioneer warranty, but the store itself limited their responsibility to 1 year, and after that it was back to the company.

    Just by looking at the two Pioneer drives sitting in the corner, I don't need to tell you how well that went.


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    well, the place where i bought it from said that i can't have an refund and will only exchange it if pioneer finds a fault with the drive.
    I'm sending it back to pioneer today and they gave me a bull**** reply that their new 106s is the quietest drive they have ever made because of new technology.....yeah right. It may be the quietest drive they have made, but it probably won'nt be as quiet as the Toshiba's or Hitachi.

    Anyway i think i'm gonna give the drive to my dad and buy a Toshiba 1402

    What would you reccommend out of the Toshiba 1402 or the Hitachi 7500??

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    Originally posted by eurodaiz:
    What would you reccommend out of the Toshiba 1402 or the Hitachi 7500??
    Personally, I would go Toshiba. I've got a 12X here that I've hammered with DVD and CD-ROM duties and it's performed like a champ. I also owned a few other Toshiba CD-ROMs and they were retired/given away long before they ever bit the dust.

    So from my past experience, Toshiba and Panasonic are the ones I buy now and I've not had any reason for second-guessing.


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