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    Sounds like second DVD-RW failed. Last one was "Sony Optiarc AD-7670S 8X DVD±RW SATA Slot load Drive", worked just about a month and dead now. Before I had " Pioneer SATA 8X Slim Slot CD/DVD Burner DVR-TS08". I can count that I used Pioneer for prototyping of the dashboard and damaged during it, but Sony is fairly fresh and used hardly. I have DVD drive mounted on the dashboard, separately from PC, and connecting to it with little longer (~6ft) SATA to eSATA cable, and powering from the PC. The power is supplied to it.

    Today it was screaming on fresh burn DVD with Win7 install, was able to read it after 20-30 tries and finally dead - no light, no response on the eject button.

    I have SUV, with extended tires and use the car for light offroad trails too, so vibration is a case for me - could this cause the damage? Which DVD-RW (must be slim slot load, compatible by size with given those 2) could you recommend?

  • #2
    anyone can recommend reliable/rugged slim slot DVD drive for CarPC usage?


    • #3
      i have a pioneer DVR-K06 right now- its branded as a velocity micro drive at amazon-

      pioneer should be a very rugged brand... but honestly in my past experience with cd players, nothing beats panasonic. if you can find a panasonic slim slot load then you might try that... i know they make them for laptops, you might just have to put it in an external enclosure.

      not surprised the sony broke so fast. sony is notorious for using very cheap parts. their design is usually good, but the parts they use are seemingly designed to break over time (so you can buy new sony stuff!)


      • #4
        Originally posted by riv View Post
        anyone can recommend reliable/rugged slim slot DVD drive for CarPC usage?
        NOT SONY and you should be fine
        My 2007 Ford F350 Work Log located HERE


        • #5
          Originally posted by PhilG View Post
          NOT SONY and you should be fine
          Seconded, Sony I have found tend to rebadge anything they can find, so even the same model will be different between batches. Quality wise, they just don't compare, they are just trading on name these days.

          Pioneers are usually great, same for Panasonic.

          Also, how is the drive mounted? vertically, horizontally, angled? For off road use, I would probably look at trying to mount the drive vertically so that all moving parts are in a plane with the worst of the sudden movement (Up/Down), as this will minimise the flexing applied to the disc in the drive, which is generally where you get the wear and tear.


          • #6
            ok, a little off topic, but this has got me thinking..

            is vertical mounting really the best way to do it? i understand the disc flexing, but are the components inside the drive designed to take force in that direction? ie. can the parts take the forces applied in what is now the horizontal direction?

            don't most drives have real tight side-to-side tolerances that could come into effect here?

            no proof, but i kind of think that horizontal mounting is better, as that is how the components were designed to take most forces-- don't most drives lock the disk in place for better prevention of movement from vibration?
            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"

            next project? subaru brz
            carpc undecided


            • #7
              There is really no home pc hardware that is built to tackle constant shock, but I would imagine that all drives are based on an industry standard for CD drives, including the ones that come in a car to play music. Even when you go offroading, I highly doubt that your CD can get killed by the sudden change in G-Forces.

              I would not mount a CD drive Vertical (where the CD 'drops' in as opposed to 'slides' in) This only encourages the cd itself to jump off its spindle and get stuck. Leaving it in the dash or under the seats would be an ideal location from harsh vibrations. I know a lot of vehicles used to put the CD Drives (For Navigation and 6-cd Changers) in the trump, but I prefer that they are within the cabin.

              I ordered a USB Teac drive off compuvest and paid $25 for it. This is to see how well the list of this drive is once installed in the car.