A good, inexpensive, internal dvd drive with included burning software
The internal dvd burner in my ibm thinkstation d30 desktop crapped out on me a week ago. It destroyed every dvd that went into it using nero software, the last 5 times i tried it, which was over the course of a couple of days. After 5 "coasters" i'd had enough, and figured that the most likely solution would be to replace the burner, since these things are now basically all cheap junk.Replacing the drive was easy; basically, you just have to shut down your pc, remove all of the cables, then open the case somewhere in good light where you can see what you are doing. Most computer cases these days are modular and tool-less or nearly so. You just need to unhook a couple of cables (sata data and sata power) from the old drive, slide it out (you may need to depress a tab or two, or even remove a few screws in rare cases), then slide in the new drive and hook up the cables. This would be a good time to look around the innards of your computer and make sure that all the cables and connectors going to other drives and devices are properly seated and connected; try each one that you can see, and push it all the way in. You should as well take a can of dust-off and blow out any dust that has accumulated inside the case and on the fan blades.The dvd drive came, unexpectedly, with cyberlink power 2 go dvd and cd burning software, a regular (not trial) version. On the one use i did with it, i liked it better than my old nero software. The drive works fine, so far, with both reading and writing dvds. I use dvds for archival data storage in a safety deposit box. Optical drives are largely obsolete, but still come in handy for such things as giving your cpa scans of documents needed to prepare your tax returns, and other question where you want to give data files to someone but you don't want to spend very much on the media, so it doesn't need to be returned to you, as likely would be the case with a portable disk drive or a thumb drive.Addendum: i ordered a second one of these drives a week later, which arrived 3/20/2018. This drive was packaged a little differently and came with nothing else, specifically no software disk. So it appears that what you get is what you get, and don't count on getting the free burning software with the drive.