Aug 29 2013 - The IDE drive interface has long been replaced by the SATA. As a result, it is not possible to find older IDE based optical drives. Should you need a replacement drive for an older system, I recommend looking at USB based external drives or using a SATA to IDE device adapter. You can view my SATA DVD Burners for potential internal drive options that would require an adapter.
It seems that fewer companies are releasing new IDE based DVD burners but Pioneer is still producing a few. Their latest, the DVR-A18M may not be quite as speedy as new 24x SATA based DVD burners, but the 22x speed won't be that much slower and is still tops among IDE drives. It can handle 12x recording for dual-layered formats and 40x speeds for CD-R media. In addition, the drive also supports burning labels. Rather than the more popular LightScribe format though, it uses Labelflash compatible media to achieve this.
Most DVD burners these days are sold as bare drive or OEM units. If you are looking to install a drive into your desktop and more than just a drive, then a retail kit is what you will want to buy. The HP DVD 1140i retail package includes a copy of Nero Essentials and mounting screws. To keep costs down, the company has removed the IDE cable from the package. Performance is solid for most recording tasks (22x for DVD+/-R and 48x CD-R) but it tends to be slower than many of the current drives for burning double layered media. The drive does support burning labels directly to LightScribe compatible media.
Double layered DVD media is an important step for those looking to generate video or data DVDs that extended data. This is critical for many people looking to put more than roughly an hour and a half of video onto a single disc. Samsung's DH-222L offers up an blazing fast 16x DVD+R DL recording speed and 12x speed for DVD-R DL media. Of course, finding media rated at these speeds is quite difficult. Standard single layer recording is quick at 22x while CD media can be recording up to 48x speeds. The drive also supports burning labels directly to LightScribe compatible media.