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The optical drive in my tower PC died so I need to buy a replacement. I need a standard 5-3/4" wide x 1-5/8" high drive that fits in the tower drive bay. I don't need a Bluray drive.

I want to buy a SATA DVD/CD drive that can rip my standard DVDs to put on my home theater hard drive. One user review I read said that the Asus DRW-24B1ST drive can't rip DVDs because of its firmware restrictions.

Is the Lite-on IHAS124-04 a good drive? Anyone have one and used it to rip standard DVDs?

Any other suggestions for a good SATA optical drive?

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In my experience, the brand doesn't matter very much. I've gone through four or five DVD burners in the last decade, and they all eventually wore out, since burning discs is harder on the laser than ripping them. I've tried Samsung, Sony, Pioneer, and possibly Lite-On, and my current burner is LG. They all worked fine while they were in service and all died after a few years, so as long as you pick a reputable brand and a drive that has decent reviews on Newegg (e.g. no trend of drives coming DOA), you should be fine.
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no drive is prevented from ripping (not that ive heard yet - that would sure be something!)

what some have is a "feature" called riplock. the idea being that it slows down ripping. I guess the party line is that it keeps the drive from spinning too fast to make noise.

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In my experience, the brand doesn't matter very much. I've gone through four or five DVD burners in the last decade, and they all eventually wore out, since burning discs is harder on the laser than ripping them. I've tried Samsung, Sony, Pioneer, and possibly Lite-On, and my current burner is LG. They all worked fine while they were in service and all died after a few years, so as long as you pick a reputable brand and a drive that has decent reviews on Newegg (e.g. no trend of drives coming DOA), you should be fine.

Thank you for taking the time to help.
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no drive is prevented from ripping (not that ive heard yet - that would sure be something!)

what some have is a "feature" called riplock. the idea being that it slows down ripping. I guess the party line is that it keeps the drive from spinning too fast to make noise.

This is the quote from an amazon review for the Asus DRW-24B1ST:

"The only down side to this drive and the reason I only gave it 4 stars, is that it has something built into the firmware that does not allow a CD or DVD encryption breaking program to run. If you have it installed and try to use the drive it locks up your computer."

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http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Serial-ATA-Internal-Optical-DRW-24B1ST/product-reviews/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Strange if it's true.

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if it can read.. it can rip.

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I am grabbing it just to have it.

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Optical drives are so cheap these days you just throw them away and get a different one if you don't like it. I've had extremely good luck with the Sony/Optiarc drives. They'll play or record any kind of disc I throw at it. I've had issues with just about every other brand of drive in the past, but obviously, YMMV. I've had LG, Samsung, Asus, and Lite-On drives all crap out on me, but the Sony/Optiarcs just keep on ticking.
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if it can read.. it can rip.

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Sounds right. Thanks,
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Optical drives are so cheap these days you just throw them away and get a different one if you don't like it. I've had extremely good luck with the Sony/Optiarc drives. They'll play or record any kind of disc I throw at it. I've had issues with just about every other brand of drive in the past, but obviously, YMMV. I've had LG, Samsung, Asus, and Lite-On drives all crap out on me, but the Sony/Optiarcs just keep on ticking.

I think I'll try the Optiarc plus drive. A bit more expensive but I guess one gets what one pays for.

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Optical drives are so cheap these days you just throw them away and get a different one if you don't like it. I've had extremely good luck with the Sony/Optiarc drives. They'll play or record any kind of disc I throw at it. I've had issues with just about every other brand of drive in the past, but obviously, YMMV. I've had LG, Samsung, Asus, and Lite-On drives all crap out on me, but the Sony/Optiarcs just keep on ticking.
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I think I'll try the Optiarc plus drive. A bit more expensive but I guess one gets what one pays for.

Learned that Optiarc was a joint venture between Sony and NEC and that Sony bought out NEC in Dec 2008. NEC made good optical drives which is may be why the Optiarc optical drives have good reviews. But Sony closed the Optiarc division in March 2013 so the Optiarc drives being sold now must be from remaining stock.

I ordered an Optiarc 5280S-CB-PLUS optical drive anyway since I liked the NEC optical drive that I had in my previous Windows XP PC. As you said "they just keep on ticking".

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Interesting. I had seen the drives listed as Sony/Optiarc/NEC so I figured there was some sort of joint venture with NEC. NEC drives were extremely popular a while back and had websites dedicated to developing custom firmware for it. They had firmware available to enable recording on dual layer DVDs before the official firmware was released. I hadn't seen any new NEC drives released in quite some time so I suspected they went out of business.
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