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Hi guys, I need an advice, I got an option to get either internal SCSI CD-R/RW Yamaha brand, and another Yamaha brand FireWire internal drive, which one would you suggest? I have an Adaptec SCSI card installed and I can get a FireWire card as well (also I need an advice which one is well supported under 2.4.19 and up)
Firewire is still in some flake stages, let's call them later beta. Almost all linux burning is done by having the device emulate scsi, I don't know if firewire can even do that! Personally I still love my little crappy 6x Ricoh SCSI burner. It hasn't made a coaster since I evicted Bill from my house and started using xcdroast and k3b strictly.
I know the idea of burning discs at 30 seconds a pop would seem to be amazing (via firewire) but then it still falls back to other speed limiters (like the hard drive). I would go with the SCSI as suggested by fin, or just a good old cheap 16x Burner.
I have a 16x Yamaha IDE, and it works rather well. I too haven't made a coaster since I stopped using XPOS to burn my CD's. I can burn a CD in ~4:30 and that's pretty good. There are others out for decent prices, and even the DVD burners are dropping quick.
I dunno... its getting pretty close to possible. ATA100, cranked up will give hdparms of about 35-40MB/sec, taking into account a writeahead cache on the drive, and a FIFO buffer of four megs to the burner, then I guess a normal ATA100 could fill the data to 700MB cdrom in what? 18 seconds? Nothing burns that fast yet... right? I hope not... blergh...
I gotta look into firewire some more. Heck, I'll do that right now.
I just plopped over to a review on Yamaha's drive, the CRW-F1, which is claimed a 44x write speed (a mere 6,600 KB/sec) and it burned in 3:04. Not exactly amazing for "latest and greatest" I would think. Here's the link: http://www.cdfreaks.com/document.php3?Doc=88&Page=8
$145 is the lowest price mentioned there, which isn't REALLY bad, but considering ~$70 for 1 more minute, that wouldn't seem to justify it to me.
It's got really decent rewrite speed though: 24x. But then try to find CDRW's that actually move at that (for a decent price). Most of your CDRW's that are priced at ~$0.50 a disc are putting along at 4x still. I once found some 10x at a decent price, but once would not lead me to believe that it's a trend.
After a short stop in at pricewatch.com a 10 pack of 10x CDRW's run only 2 bucks, but add the shipping, and they come to ~$12. So prices are dropping there, but still, we are only talking 10x, not quite "testing" the drive now is it?
MasterC, I'd be willing to debate that 10x's are still that much. I've still got 3/4 of a 50 spindle of Maxell 700MB 24x's, and although I don't know the veracity of what speed they can actually be burned, mine only does 6x, I know they're compusa common. They were picked up for me, but I think it was $20 for the spindle. This is of course with no jewel cases, which usually doubles the price. I remember when I first got a burner, now about a year and a half ago, that the fastest speed I could find was x12, and that the prices nose-dived within a few months.
Gah, whoops, no we were at cross purposes there, okay that makes sense for the disparity. I was talking strictly about CD-Rs. I've got some RWs somewhere around here... never used 'em when a burn is like $.30.