FurryCurry wrote:I have the Sony DRU 500a, and I really like the versatility of being able to write all major formats.
That way, you can burn which ever is more compatible with your set-top player, and/or buy whichever type of discs are on sale. I find the nearest Best Buy usually is out of -R discs by the time I get there, but they usually have some +Rs left.
Other stuff: +RW has better error correction capabilities in some cases than +R, -R, -RW.
I like the slight speed boost I get from using +R 2.4x discs over 2x -R discs.
One note about the Sony: It is limited to 2x ripping on DVD-Video discs for some reason, which kind of sucks.
My old Samsung 6x DVD ROM whips its ass for ripping footage.
Since I don't need a separate CDRW with the Sony in there, both DVD drives happily coexist in the same machine now.
dwchang wrote:I have the same unit (which I like to...just to add to the comments) and was wondering if there was some firmware upgrade. I seem to remember downloading one that was supposed to make our writers write at 4x and read at 4x or something...am I mistaken?
You must be wondering why I don't know this, but I haven't burnt a DVD in a long time. It takes awhile to get 4.7 gigs to burn off my HD since I use it for LEGITIMATE back-up purposes
FurryCurry wrote:There was a firmware update posted a couple months ago on the Sony support website, to enable 4x burning and improve media compatibility, and it seems to have worked pretty well.
I've got the DRU-500a as well. 4x media is nice! A full disc burns in about 17 mins. I bought an external drive case so I can use it on my laptop and on my desktop machines via firewire. It has been an excellent drive for me so far.
It is me or is the only difference between the 500 and 510 is the CD-RW burning speed?
Here's the media I've used so far:
http://store.yahoo.com/elegantshopping1 ... h25pa.html
Basically it's 25 for $45. I've used them for mainly data discs but I have made a video disc with them and it worked just fine. I used the software that came with the drive: RecordNow DX and Sonic MyDVD. No crashes on WinXP or Win2K. I haven't tried Nero yet.
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