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    Finally took the plunge into the DVD-Writer world ...

    I have been wanting one for a while ... and I finally made the plunge. I read and read and read and think that I came up with a good candidate.

    It is an LG GSA-4163B 16x All-Format DVD Writer ... 8.5 GB DVD+R Double Layer

    Here are some of the specs on it:

    Write Speed (DVD)

    * DVD+R: 16x
    * DVD-R: 16x
    * DVD+R9: 4x
    * DVD+RW: 8x
    * DVD-RW: 6x

    Write Speed (CD)

    * CD-R: 40x
    * CD-RW: 24x

    Read Speed

    * DVD±R: 10x
    * DVD±RW: 8x
    * DVD+R DL: 8x
    * DVD-ROM: 16x
    * CD: 40x (6000KB/s)

    Readable Formats (DVD)

    * DVD single/ dual layer (PTP/ OTP)
    * DVD-R (3.9GB/ 4.7GB)
    * DVD-R multi-borders
    * DVD+R, DVD+R multi-sessions
    * DVD-RW
    * DVD+RW
    * DVD-RAM

    Readable Formats (CD)

    * CD-DA
    * CD-ROM
    * CD-ROM/XA
    * CD-R
    * CD-RW
    * CD-I FMV
    * Mixed Mode
    * CD-Extra
    * CD Text
    * Photo CD
    * Video CD


    Here is a shot of the unit I purchased:



    Here is a link to a good review about it:

    DVD WRITER REVIEW
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    Time to join Netflix!
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    Actually a little late ... we have over 850 DVDs to date
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    I would burn all of them and sell the originals, would make a nice profit.
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    But that is not legal ... is it?

    I have had some close friends say they would pay me $5.00 per DVD if I would make them for them. I have DVD X COPY that is the original ... WITH the ripper software in it. I may try a couple and see how they turn out.
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    It is a good unit, along with the new Plextor. The Pioneer 109 will be released any day. It does 6X with DL, aside from that it is roughly the same. Alas DL media is still a bit high.

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    might i suggest dvd decrypter and/or dvdshrink for your backup needs? Both of them are freeware and perform amazingly.

    If you have nero installed, I would suggest dvdshrink because it slipstreams with nero. It rips the disc and automatically brings up nero to burn it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zooner
    might i suggest dvd decrypter and/or dvdshrink for your backup needs? Both of them are freeware and perform amazingly.

    If you have nero installed, I would suggest dvdshrink because it slipstreams with nero. It rips the disc and automatically brings up nero to burn it.

    link please!

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    DVD X copy works great...no need to bother with the others if you have that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zooner
    might i suggest dvd decrypter and/or dvdshrink for your backup needs? Both of them are freeware and perform amazingly.

    If you have nero installed, I would suggest dvdshrink because it slipstreams with nero. It rips the disc and automatically brings up nero to burn it.
    i will second this idea, works great
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainbow
    DVD X copy works great...no need to bother with the others if you have that.
    indeed
    I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.

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    I used to swear by DVDXCOPY... nothing compares to dvdshrink. I have dvd shrink and Nero 6 Ultra if someone would like to try it. The instructions to use this (initial setup may be intimidating to some, but it's easy) are at dvdshrink.org



    Love the drive man, I want to get a new one. I have the dual format Sony.
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    www.dvdshrink.org
    www.dvddecrypter.com

    it's amazing, the best programs are often free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zooner
    www.dvdshrink.org
    www.dvddecrypter.com

    it's amazing, the best programs are often free.


    just curious how long is the entire process to use those programs and burn lets say a 2 hour movie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghosthunter
    just curious how long is the entire process to use those programs and burn lets say a 2 hour movie?
    between 20-40 minutes to rip it and then 8-20 minutes to burn it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zooner
    between 20-40 minutes to rip it and then 8-20 minutes to burn it.

    i am tempted to get this...

    do you think i will still need my original cd burner/dvd player all in one LG?

    Or I can just replace it with this?

    it not a biggie..just dont want to push my power supply too much especially with the 6800GT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghosthunter
    i am tempted to get this...

    do you think i will still need my original cd burner/dvd player all in one LG?

    Or I can just replace it with this?

    it not a biggie..just dont want to push my power supply too much especially with the 6800GT
    I only use my nec3500, dropped all other optical drives.

    I did have power issues with my 6800gt and it was causing freeze-ups and blue screens. I pulled everything out, cleaned it and then re-arranged how the power was fed; that fixed the problem. I am running 6 80mm fans, 4 HD's and a bunch of other fun things through a 430watt antec truepower.

    I'd leave both in if I was you, if you have problems, you can always pull it out.

    why leave both in? Because then you can do one click burning. It should read it on the dvd/cdrw and automatically burn it on the dvdrw. This allows you to either game while the whole process is taking place or at least walk away.
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    Um, okay?

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    Yeah I only got one hard drive and 2 fans...and the cd burner all in one drive..

    i should be ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghosthunter
    Yeah I only got one drive and 2 fans...and the cd burner all in one drive..

    i should be ok
    without a doubt, you're certainly clear for takeoff!!

    I highly recommend the nec3500 or the nec3520. Not only are they very cheap (60-70), but they kick arse. I've owned at least 5 dvdrw drivers and this blows anything else I've owned away, period.

    post it up when you get it, i'm interested how it all works out for you.
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