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    what is the best CD-RW available?

    Hi everybody? I'm thinking of buying a CD-RW to fit in with my system. Can anyone tell me what CD-RW is the best in term of it's performance on any system and compatibilities with a Linux system?

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    [This message has been edited by Bink (edited 09-14-99).]

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    I'm not sure about its compatability with Linux, but I know someones bound to say it eventually (in particular, Toolbox ).

    Plextor!
    http://www.plextor.com/

    I also recommend Ricoh, as they seem to have a pretty good reputation among the cheaper range of writers.

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    From what I've heard SCSI is the way to go. If your copying music the IDE drives may tend to screw up the recording. Something about buffer overuns. I just got a HP 8110i and love it. Its a IDE drive but its all I could afford. Software is good and so is the manual. Circuit City had them on sale for $179. after rebate. Be forwarned, when you see the speed specks on them they show you the speed specks for CD-R. CD-RW is slower. Not a huge deal but something i didn't know until after i bought it.

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    I have a Yamaha 4/4/16 SCSI. It has a 2 meg buffer and runs great. The SCSI interface allows seamless multi-tasking. For example, a few months ago I remember playing a game of Quake 2 while burning a CD.

    However, if you're burning at 4x, I wouldn't recommend doing heavy multi-tasking, because if the data flow to the laser is interrupted for even one millisecond, the CD is worthless! The big buffer helps, but only for a little while.

    I have no idea about its compatibility in Linux. But being a recognized name brand, drivers are probably available.

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    Well, I might consider the Plextor but what if I choose a IDE CDRW? You see, I already have a SCSI CD drive will it effect the performance if I want to make a CD to CD copy?

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    SCSI to SCSI would give you the best reliability, because SCSI is designed for heavy multi-tasking!

    I always burn the image first from my IDE CD-ROM to my SCSI hard drive, then burn from that drive to the burner. The only times I get buffer underrun is when I'm running some heavy-duty application off the SCSI hard drive while simultaneously burning at 4x. My Atlas III isn't fast enough for that!

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    I'm here! BINK is absolutely right... PLEXTOR is the best! It has a 4 MB buffer and you can burn while doing other stuff on the PC, including Quake. SCSI to SCSI is far better than IDE to SCSI.

    Go for a Plextor! You'll have it forever... they don't break down!

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    I too have been looking for a CD-RW and am impressed with the Plextor one. I was just wondering if the best one they have (the 16x10x40) came in an external version so I can have dual drives.

    [---CD-RW---]
    [----DVD----]

    Kinda like my little illustration. Hope anyone can help, thanks.

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    "BINK is absolutely right... PLEXTOR is the best!
    Saying Plextor is the best isn't 100% true. It should be Plextor is among the best in my opinion. There is an awful lot of excellent CD-RW drives out there right now made by Ricoh, Sanyo, HP/Sony, Teac, and Yamaha. Plextor makes great SCSI drives (BTW: they stopped making SCSI 40X CD-ROM drives), but I wouldn't call their IDE CD-RW drives the best.

    My CD-RW Drive recommendations:

    Ricoh MP7125A-DP 12x10x32
    Ricoh MP9120-DP 12x10x32x and 8x DVD
    TDK 16x10x40 (aka Sanyo CRD-BP1400P)
    Yamaha 16x10x40 (IDE or SCSI)
    Teac 12x10x32

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    Please, let's not repeat what we've heard as fact. There are countless IDE drives in the field doing a fabulous job copying audio material.

    I've heard that people that think SCSI recorders do a better job at recording audio are clueless morons, but I'd never repeat such conjecture as fact, or advise others based on that conjecture, especially if I actually owned an IDE drive.


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    a TDK 12x10x32 CDRW. its clearly the best!!!

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    Wow, been ages since posted here. Damn school...
    Be sure to check out the new BURN-Proof technology drives (Plextor and TEAC implement it that I know, there are others too). Basically it makes buffer underruns a thing of the past. (Yes you can actually USE your puter while you burn)

    Cal

    BTW, I guess that finally puts the nail in the coffin to the old "SCSI vs. IDE" burning dilemma

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