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LG DVD burners $12.99

Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:38 pm

Was just in the Downers Grove IL Frys this afternoon and they have OEM LG DVD burners on special for $12.99. Not sure if it is chain-wide or just the DG location. Sounds like a good time to stock up on spares.

They are also "M-DISC" compatible, which I had never heard of before today (had to look it up). Apparently this is a proprietary type of DVD media that can be burned only on newer LG DVD burners (supposedly readable on normal drives though). M-DISC is claimed to have a 1000-year archival storage life. Given that I'd never heard of it, and the lone listing for media on Newegg is a single disc for $5 I doubt I would ever make use of this feature.
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:41 pm

DVD burners have been under $20 for quite some time. Now that Blu-ray drives are routinely under $50, I don't see a reason to get an optical drive that only handles DVD and CDs.
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:00 pm

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DVD burners have been under $20 for quite some time. Now that Blu-ray drives are routinely under $50, I don't see a reason to get an optical drive that only handles DVD and CDs.


I do - save $30 if you don't want BluRay capability :D
 
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:00 am

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JustAnEngineer wrote:
DVD burners have been under $20 for quite some time. Now that Blu-ray drives are routinely under $50, I don't see a reason to get an optical drive that only handles DVD and CDs.

I do - save $30 if you don't want BluRay capability :D

Ditto. Especially for those of us who A) don't own any Blu-Ray movies; and B) run Linux on some of our systems (where Blu-Ray capability would be largely wasted due to lack of full support for the DRM). I do own a Blu-Ray burner (for archival backups), but see no reason to have one in every system.
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:56 am

My first CD-RW drive burned at 12x, 10X for RW and read at 32x. It cost an amazing $179 back in 2001.

Stunning I say! My Bluray reader was $89 in 2010.
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:43 am

I'm just happy that SATA means no more futzing around to ensure that DMA mode is still active and it somehow hasn't dropped back into PIO mode.
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

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My first CD-RW drive burned at 12x, 10X for RW and read at 32x. It cost an amazing $179 back in 2001.

Heh... my first CD-RW drive burned at 2x, and connected to the system via the parallel port! :lol:
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:16 am

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I'm just happy that SATA means no more futzing around to ensure that DMA mode is still active and it somehow hasn't dropped back into PIO mode.


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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:14 pm

My lone optical device is a USB DVD burner now, can't recall the last time I used it. Zero plans to ever buy a Blu-ray device (or media for that matter).
 
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:56 pm

My main PC has both an LG Blu-ray drive and a Pioneer DVD-106S DVD-ROM with an EIDE <--> SATA bridge. :lol:
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:03 pm

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My main PC has both an LG Blu-ray drive and a Pioneer DVD-106S DVD-ROM with an EIDE <--> SATA bridge. :lol:


Those EIDE Pioneer drives were really good back then. Mine was the 104 model I think...If I remember right. And It still works in a friends comp.
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Re: LG DVD burners $12.99

Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:39 pm

I keep the old optical drive around both because it still works well and because the slot-loading mechanism is a bit of a novelty.
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