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TDK VeloCD or Plextor CD-RW?


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I guess I should have bought a Plextor. I picked up a new (factory sealed) TDK VeloCD 32X10X40 CD-RW drive at Best Buy tonight. They have a $30 mail in rebate, bringing the price down to about $120, which I though wasn't too bad. Anyway, I needed a new drive and this seemed like the best deal... ...I get it home and install it (I'm not clueless - I know what I'm doing) and the dang thing makes the most gawd awful noise - sounded like something was vibrating HARD whenever I put a disk into it. I tried Maxell, Memorex, Emtec and Imation disks - same thing on all of them. You should hear this noise. Sometimes there's no noise and then when I try a burn it's vibration / grind city. Speed doesn't matter. Heck, even if I pull the CD out and just close (with the front panel button - which I always use) the tray ON AN EMPTY TRAY, it makes the grind / vibration noise for a couple of seconds. :mad: All I can say is tha Best Buy had better 1) not give me any crap 2) give me a replacement drive or 3) give me my money back. I am NOT going to wait and send this drive to TDK for "service" - it was defective right out of a factory sealed box!!! :mad: :mad: :mad: Okay, sorry for venting - here's my question for everyone: Anyone using these drives? Are you happy with it? Reliable? Fast? Would you reccommend / buy it over again? Or should I just get a Plextor? ;) Thanks folks. [img]http://www.freakygamers.com/smilies/s2/contrib/navigator/usa.gif[/img] Phil O'Keefe Sound Sanctuary Recording Riverside CA http://www.ssrstudio.com pokeefe777@ssrstudio.com "Juarez Phil?"
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I have a Ricoh burner which has been good, and before every CD i burn it does that sound for a moment, A kind of grinding buzz...but now it's messing up and does it a lot

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Thanks for the responses everyone. I'm sure the TDK's are nice drives, but I went ahead and exchanged it this morning for a Plextor 24 X 10 X 40. Everyone seems to rave about the Plextors, so I though I'd just spend the extra $30 and get what is supposedly the most reliable / trouble free drive... time will tell on that, but so far, it's working just fine. [img]http://www.freakygamers.com/smilies/s2/contrib/navigator/usa.gif[/img] Phil O'Keefe Sound Sanctuary Recording Riverside CA http://www.ssrstudio.com pokeefe777@ssrstudio.com
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Hey Phil! Why do you and I always seem to buy the same products! ;) I have 2 Velo CD writers... both in my new PC. Bought mine before Christmas... no problems so far. Sounds like you got a bad unit. Best Buy has a 30 return policy on hardware.... as you've already realized. :) Best of luck.... Valky ...going back to Salt Lake tomorrow.....I wanna stay home for another week!

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I've been installing Plextors mostly with some Teacs thrown in occasionally. I haven't tried the TDK. You probably made a good choice with the Plextor, I have a couple at home which are about three years old and without problems.

Mac Bowne

G-Clef Acoustics Ltd.

Osaka, Japan

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