Righty then! I ordered a DVD burner on wednesday, got it on thursday, tested in on friday and blogging about it today. So let’s first start with it’s specs:
Type: dual layer/multi format DVD burner
Formats: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW
- DVD wrting: 16x
- CD writing: 48x
- DVD reading: 16x
- CD reading: 48x
Supported write methods: Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW DAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW DAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 96
Allright, so much for the technical stuff, what about it’s performance?
Well, I can’t say too much about it yet except for the fact that it works and burns it’s DVDs very well. The first thing I used it for was to burn a Ghost 9.0 imagefile on the fly while being created from the boot partition of my primary harddisk. So it wasn’t by far running on it’s maximum speed. Due to the high compression I configured for Ghost it took pretty long to create the image, but it didn’t actually take much more time that it would have without the burning, so I can come to the conclusion that the burner had no troubles with keeping up with Ghost and the DVD seems to be all ok. The image integrity check didn’t find any errors on the disc, so I guess it’s allright.
Posting a picture of it is pretty pointless though. Currently it’s visible in the top 5.25″ drivebay in my computer, but I will slide it back and hide it behind the same cover as my old CD burner was behind, just so the case’s colour will remain intact.
Allthough the drive is black and fits in pretty well, it looks better with the silve coloured cover in front of it, because then the colour is the same over all 4 drive bays as well as the majority of the rest of the case (see the SlashDev page for details on how it looks).
And last but not least: I no longer need my crappy laptop (which is broken and away yet again, damn seaguls) to burn a DVD and that is really a big f*cking relief.
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