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What are the best CD/DVD-ROM drives for disc imaging?

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Test questions, but one that came up on Twitter, thus reminding me to revisit this project and test the platform.
asked Feb 13, 2014 by jeffersonbailey (380 points)

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Alex Duryee (@archivetype) says "Real (pre-2006 or so) Plextors tend to be very well regarded"
answered Feb 13, 2014 by jeffersonbailey (380 points)
To this question, originally asked by Euan Cochrane on der twitters.
I acquired two of these drives for disk imaging (it was my question on twitter I believe) and they are performing well. Specifically I acquired Plextor PX-W4284TU external USB connected drives. The same drives can be found in internally-mountable form.
Unfortunately they do not make these any more and I had to acquire new-old stock. I would be interested in recommendations for new drives that perform as well.
From the 2014 AccurateRip Drive Accuracy List[1]: "Probably all these drives are no longer manufactured, ebay is your best bet in finding one of these drives."

There's no real demand for high-performing CD drives anymore, so no manufacturer makes them.  This problem will exacerbate over time, as optical media becomes less and less commonly used.

[1] http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthread.php?34019-CD-DVD-Drive-Accuracy-List-2014
That is really helpful thanks Alex
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