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Old 01-05-2006, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a new dvd burner and was thinking of buying a Plextor 716A. Is there a better drive to buy for the money. Also I dont know which type to buy. I have a hp 790n, old i know, but which type of the 716A do i get. THere are ATA, IDE, and SATA and i dont know which is compatible
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There is a thread around here with recommended brands, but I would have to look around to find it. As to which type of drive you need: from the specification sheets on hp.com it looks like you will have to go with an IDE drive.

Edit: Found that thread, but it doesn't have much on optical drives yet. From the prices I've seen you might want to choose a cheaper brand.
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Make sure you get a "DL"= "Double layer" DVD Burner. The blank DL DVDs are still expensive but the price will drop in the future. Regular blank DVDs hold 4.7GBs when DL DVDs hold 8GB.

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get an HP lightscribe. I'm getting one for my computer, and i heard its a little slow to burn the labels on the disc, but they turn out nice. and its dual layer
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