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Old November 1, 2009, 08:48 AM
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Just working on piecing together my second build.

Is this drive as good as any.

I don't watch dvd's, and have probable only burned a dozen of so DVD's / CD's in the past two years.

Just need something for installation of software and odd transfer of data

Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer Black OEM - DirectCanada

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Old November 1, 2009, 09:01 AM
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That's a fine drive for your needs. Just installed one couple of days ago and it's quite quick and even though we've only buned a few ISO's (Win7 RTM being one of them) we've had no issues burning at max speed. I've also read that the 223's can be hacked with third party firmware which will enable them to rip DVD's to your hard drive in about 6 mins. But I don't mess around with that stuff.
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Old November 1, 2009, 09:07 AM
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There is cracked firmware which makes it the fastest DVD writer out there by far (goes from 13 minutes to 8 or 7) because there's a software lock that for some reason limits it to 18 or 20x.
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Old November 1, 2009, 10:00 AM
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I find all of samsung optical drives to be good....

AND THEY COME WITH FREE ENGRISH! HOOOREY MOOOOORRREY!
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Old November 1, 2009, 10:12 AM
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I've got one, works great and cheap.
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Old November 2, 2009, 05:56 PM
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link to firmware? What about the f series is that limited as well would the cracked firmware work with it?
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Old November 2, 2009, 07:04 PM
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I don't have a link, I will look for one later. I saw it in a magazine article.
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Old November 3, 2009, 12:02 AM
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I have the Q version with Lightscribe (SH-223Q/BEBN), and it's worked great since I've gotten it and it hasn't spat out any coasters so far. :)
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Old November 3, 2009, 04:31 AM
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I'm using the SH-S223F and it's been great. Fast, quiet, no coasters.
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Old November 4, 2009, 04:44 PM
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Hmm I have the b which was suposed to be the f. ( thanks performance-pcs ) and it is bloody damn loud with dual layers. Just reading em. It may be bad discs or just dual layers or even a bad drive I'm not sure. Will have to test more
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