First post, by srry
I've currently got a circa-2005 LiteOn CD-RW of some sort in my '99-vintage PC on a temporary basis, and at ~56x this thing is CRAZY loud. Since a lot of these old games require constant access to the CD for music or video files, it spins up quite frequently and basically drowns out the audio completely (yeah, it's that loud.) Diablo in particular seems to require almost constant drive access for its music, so it's pretty much running the entire time the game is playing. My computer's already loud enough as it is (thank you, 60-80mm fans.)
Of course, I know there's ways to circumvent CD access by copying files to the HDD, but I'd rather just have a quiet CD drive if I could.
So, what do you guys use? I guess this would vary considerably depending on the age of your respective computers, but can anybody recommend a really good quality IDE CD or, preferably, DVD drive from around 1999 that will not provoke early hearing loss? I'm not too caught up on its period-accuracy, but it'd be a nice touch. Optical drives of the era usually have a ridiculously high failure rate, so longevity is a major factor. Any particular brands to look out for or avoid?