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They are all very good IDE drives. I have the model below the Lite-On one in my PC now and it works great. Can be loud though. Don't know if they improved that. Your call as to which one.

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The Sony AD7200AOB is a Lite On rebranded drive. I have used Lite On for years and not had any problems with them. They are a little loud but it never bothered me much. I like the Samung drives, but I have to admit I have never owned an LG so I don't know what to say about them.

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ok i have made my mind up its gonna be either the



or the HP


the hp supports lightscribe and the sony does not

but the hp is 2.4x (DVD+R DL)

lol 2.4x is quite slow am i not right lol

the sony is DVD+R Double Layer Write: 8X

8x much faster

plus the hp is $17 dollers more lol in aus

so can you tell which one is better from these specs and which one i should buy



Device Type DVD±RW (+R DL) drive

Enclosure Type Internal

Interface IDE

Width 15 cm

Depth 20.3 cm

Height 4.4 cm

Weight 1.2 kg

Optical Storage

Type DVD±RW (+R double layer) - 5.25" x 1/2H

Read Speed 40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

Write Speed 40x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 16x (DVD+R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed 24x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)

Disc Labeling Technology LightScribe Technology

Supported Media Types CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL

Media Load Type Tray

Access Time 120 ms (CD), 130 ms (DVD)

Buffer Size 2 MB

Features Horizontal/vertical mountable

Expansion / Connectivity

Interfaces 1 x IDE/ATAPI - 40 PIN IDC

Compatible Bays 1 x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H


Compliant Standards CE, BSMI CNS 13438 Class A, CISPR 22 Class B, DHHS, EN 60950, UL 1950, CSA 22.2 No. 950, ANSI C63.4-1992, MIC

Software / System Requirements

OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

System Requirements Details Pentium III - RAM 128 MB

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature 50 °C

Humidity Range Operating 10 - 90%



Formats: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-DA (CD Audio), CD Text, CD Extra, CD-I, Video CD, Photo CD

Media Types: 80 & 120mm CD-R & CD-RW, 74min/650MB & 80min/700MB; 120mm DVD+R/RW, -R/RW and -RAM

DVD Write Method: Disc-At-Once, Random Write (DVD+R/+RW, DVD-RAM v2), Sequential Write (DVD+R/+RW, DVD-RAM v2), Incremental (DVD-R/-RW), Multi-Border (DVD-R/-RW), Restricted Overwrite (DVD-RW)


Max DVD+R Single Layer Write: 20X

Max DVD+RW Single Layer Write: 8X

Max DVD+R Double Layer Write: 8X

Max DVD-R Single Layer Write: 20X

Max DVD-RW Single Layer Write: 6X

Max DVD-R Dual Layer Write: 8X

Max DVD-RAM Single Layer Write: 12X

Max DVD-ROM Read: 16X

Max CD-R Write: 48X

Max CD-RW Write: 32X

Max Interface: PIO Mode4: 16.6 MB/s, Multi-Word DMA Mode2: 16.6 MB/s, Ultra DMA Mode4 66.6 MB/s

Buffer: 2MB with Buffer Under Run Protection


Warranty: 2 years RTB

MTBF: 70,000POH


Mounting Orientation: Horizontal or Vertical (Horizontal only for 80mm Media)


Rear Interface: 40pin ATAPI E-IDE

Rear Power: 4 Pin +5/ +12V DC

Current: 1.5A @ 5V/12V Max


Dimensions (W x H x D): 146x 42 x 170 mm

Weight: 690g

System Requirements

Hardware: Desktop or Tower machine with an available 5.25" 1/2 height drive bay (open front) and IDE Interface with available connector & address.

Software: Pentium III 800MHz or faster with 256MB RAM & 1GB HDD space (1.6GHz Pentium 4 with 10GB recommended), Windows 2K Pro/XP Home or Professional. Not compatible with Mac OS

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The HP is a Lite-On, so if Yoko Ono is right you are comparing 2 drives made by the same company :P.

The HP drive is just an older model, most new models have the 22x label on it.

Look at Samsung or Pioneer, best you can get at the moment...

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Try it out first I would say, download the programs from www.lightscribe.org .


LightScribe is currently available on Windows 2000 and XP...
and that was in 2005.

So you might have to get a new OS.

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1. It does not matter what features is on the DVD drive as long as it can read DVD-R. The only reason you need it to read

any other type is that you want to read or write to the special format types that goes above 16GB and so forth.

2. All Drives have a rom chip ( or whatever ) that prevents it from reading etc DVD movies from other regions. Meaning you have to be able to flash that ( forget the name ) in order to read every disc region. I have a Notebook that is really sweet but I can't even watch my DVD magazine from Russia or Thailand :realmad:

So I would advise you to find out if the drive is flashable ( I forget the name ) and how it went with other people flashing it.

3. A slow drive so what. In the proffesional authoring world everything is 2X speed. 2X has been the limit since VCD was around to run video on a machine.

4. Those printable covers may it be the stick on's or pre-written disc is the only choice. Light scribe or whatever is kinda pointless unless it is a universal device which there is no such thing. HP is trying to propertize this.

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