As with most IDE drives installation
was simple. We installed it as primary
master and ensured all jumpers were
correct. The drive was detected in
Windows without any problems and we
disabled auto insert notification,
check marked DMA on and rebooted our
Window 98SE machine.
Installing the drive took around
15mins from disassembling the machine
to having the drive ready for use.
The firmware on this drive was A112
but we found version A113 and flashed
upgraded to that.
Our review drive was an August 2001
model that came shipped with firmware
version A112. The software we used
for this review was: DiskJuggler 3.50.800,
NERO 22.214.171.124, PrimoDVD 2.0.766 &
VOB Instant CD/DVD version 126.96.36.199.
Here the latest (188.8.131.52) NERO version
supports the drive -- although it
doesn't support DVD-RAM as a supported
media type. You can see that it supports
DVD-R at single (x1 1,380KB/s) speed
and that the features associated with
CD-Rs like CD-TEXT and overburning
are NOT supported. You can also see
that this drive has a 1MB recording
The above is what DiskJuggler finds
about the drive. None of the write
features of the drive are supported
by it though. As you can see Digital
Audio Extraction is accurate, CD-TEXT
is NOT supported and it doesn't support
the reading of sub-channel data (RW
subs) either. Although you can't see
it detected above, the drive is rated
at X24 for reading data CDs.
2 - Last Updated: 11 November 2001