DVD-9 (Single-Sided, Dual-Layer Discs) Burners
Only one I can recommend at this point - because it is cherap and got rave reviews from virtually everyone . . . the Sony DRU-710A.
Originally, Sony came out with the disastrous DRU-700A. VERY FEW PLAYERS COULD PLAY THE RESULTING DISCS !! But Sony fixed a lot of the problems and came out with the DRU-710A, which has received very good reviews.
HOWEVER - WHAT ABOUT COMPATIBILITY?? - I still can't find much on compatibility with players, though - and that is usually my main issue.
Sony DRU-710A DL DVD Recorder - 8.5 GB Links
Sony Website for the Internal Drive
review by PC Magazine and some User Reviews.
Least Expensive Media (Ritek) at $8 per disc for a 10-pack
DVD-5 (Single-Sided, Single-Layer Discs) Burners
NOTE: these units are old now - but they work great. However, look for more recent models !!
- DVR-105 is the OEM model – no included software
This drive doubles the burn speed of the older DVR-A04 (DVR-104) from 2x DVD-R, 1x DVD –RW to 4x DVD-R, 2x DVD –RW.
Supported burn speeds and disc format: 4x DVD-R, 2x DVD –RW
DVD+R and DVD+RW are not supported (but they are supported by the DVR-A06 model)
NOTE1: Cendyne has an OEM of the DVR-105 – supposed to be same drive, cheaper – but CNET trashed the Cendyne in their review and said it is not exactly the same drive
NOTE2: if you plan on burning data DVD's - you can use Nero. Their versions 5.5.10 and up “do” recognize this drive - the hardware settings and detection are store in the file "cdrom.cfg".
DVS-R47A/U - DVD-R 2x
DVS-R470SDD50 - DVD-R 2x (count=50)
DVS-RW47B/U - DVD-RW 2x ? (doesn’t say) (rewrite up to 1000 times)
DVS-RP470SDF - DVD-R 2x
MeritLine - http://www.meritline.com/dvdrblankmedia.html
Datawrite 4x (NOT Datawrite Classic, they are Princo !!)
Princo 1X and 2X and 4x (mixed comments, many bad - quality may not be good)
Ritek G03 (1X) and G04 (4x)
Firmware Upgrades: http://www.pioneeraus.com.au/multimedia/software/software_files.htm#dvd-Recorders
NOTE: firmware can be rolled back by using the /F (Force) switch.
Sony DRU500AX (the 500LX is their external drive)
These drives were so popular, that there was a huge shortage problem. There just werent any on the shelves in early 2003 !!
Support (manuals, upgrades, WindowsXP patch): http://sony.storagesupport.com/dvdrw/index.htm
Firmware v1.0d r: http://sony.storagesupport.com/dvdrw/downloads/dru500a/FirmwareUpdateDRU500A.zip
DVD-R: 1X, 2X, 4X max. DVD-R, 1X, 2X max DVD-RW
2.4X, 4X**max DVD+R, 2.4X max DVD+RW
DRU510A (new as of the spring of 2003)
DRU510A is the new replacement for
the DRU500AX with the same specs as the 500A/X, but it supports 4X RW for one
format and 2.4X RW for the other.
DWU10A - an OEM version of the DRU500A.
DRU500AX Compatible Media: http://sony.storagesupport.com/dvdrw/mediainfo_na.htm
Media that did NOT work (as tested by a user who reported his findings to the
Princo 1x DVD-R
Media that has worked so far: