SATA DVD Burners have become much more popular in the past few years. As more and more computers are made with SATA ports, DVD drives made for them have become a more viable alternative. Just a few years ago, DVD players and burners for computers were mostly made for the older IDE format. While it is still the case that IDE DVD burners are more popular than their SATA alternatives. However, because of the inherent speed advantages of SATA ports and devices, it is becoming more popular to see computers equipped with SATA ports. This means that SATA DVD writers are also becoming more popular to the average consumer.

For those not familiar with SATA ports, stands for serial advanced technology attachment, and it is designed to connect peripheral devices to the motherboard of the computer. This means that well over 90% of SATA DVD burners that are sold are for desktops, as the drives within desktop computers are much easier to replace. Internal hardware for laptops almost always has to come directly from the manufacturer, because it is often shaped specifically to fit that computer’s design. In any case, the most important thing to remember about SATA is that it is the way with which many internal DVD players are connect to the computer itself.

Many people believe that SATA DVD burners will yield better performance than DVD players or burners connected by other means, like IDE or SATA’s predecessor, PATA. However, this is a fundamental misunderstanding of how these things work. While SATA does have a higher transfer rate than either type of drive, that is not, for the most part, what dictates DVD player speed. This is dictated mostly by the DVD drive’s innate capabilities, as well as those of the DVD program you use and your CPU speed. The issue of data being transferred to your computer is almost non-existent, and both IDE and PATA ports can transfer the data fast enough. In other words, if you are considering buying a new DVD burner, it isn’t worth the money for you to buy a new SATA port for your computer.

If you’re looking to replace your current optical drive (CD or DVD player), and need to know what kind of connection you have (SATA, IDE or PATA), you’ll likely have to open your computer and read your optical drive and/or its cables to find out. In some cases, you’ll be able to find this out by looking at your drive’s specification through Windows’ device manager window, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you still aren’t sure, you can either contact the manufacturer of the drive or the computer, or you can take your computer into a computer repair store, which will have somebody who can tell.

SATA DVD burners have been known to have some compatibility issues, but these have mostly faded away over time. As recent as two years ago, PATA optical drives were still a preferable option to SATA alternatives, but as they have been in existence longer, SATA drives have been upgraded so that they have become standardized with most programs and operating systems. In fact, PATA ports are almost never built into new computers anymore, so SATA drives, going forward, are going to be dominant way of connecting devices to computers, at least until a new technology is developed.

When it comes to buying SATA DVD burners, these are about as inexpensive as any other DVD burner, meaning that you shouldn’t have to pay any more than $50 to buy one, and they can cost as little as $30. You’ll be able to find SATA DVD burners at any store that sells computer parts, as they’ve become a mainstream product.

This SATA DVD Burner Review is Written/Updated on Jun 29th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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