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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, PrimoDVD 2.0.766 & VOB Instant CD/DVD version

Here the latest ( 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 buffer.

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.

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