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|Opti Drive Control is a program for testing optical drives and media from the creator of Nero CD-DVD Speed and Plextools. Support for CD, DVD and BD drives/media, Read / write transfer rate, Create test disc / verify function, Detailed drive information, Detailed disc information, Disc quality tests: BLER, PI/PO, C1/C2, Jitter (*), Erase / format, Overburning, Multi-test, Enhanced save functions.
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1.70 (July 09, 2012)
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This is an excellent tool for testing blank CD/BD/DVD media. Without tools like this you never really know how good the quality is of your burns. It also tests CD Bler and gives quite in depth information about your drives and media.
I was using the freeware DiscSpeed, but because I have many Verbatim Pastel DVD-R discs and some burn better at 4X and some better at 8X (quality varies never know what burn speed to use), I purchased Opti Drive Control because of the FE / TE test it can perform. Using the FE / TE (Focus errors / Tracking errors) test, you can determine the optimum burn speed before you write to DVDR.
I give this tool an 8 for "Value for money" just because you can still use the 'not so old' freeware version if you want. The price could be a bit lower and then more people would pay out for it. It is worth it though!
I've been using Nero CD-DVD Speed for many years but I did not really like its replacement Nero DiscSpeed which was quickly turning into bloatware. I was happy to see that Opti Drive Control continued on the same path as Nero CD-DVD Speed: many features with low memory/disk usage. However the first versions did not really add much value over the free (but discontinued) Nero CD-DVD Speed although ODC did include some nice function such as the option to run multiple tests automatically and the option to autosave a screenshot after each test.
But version 1.30 includes several new functions which cannot be found in Nero CD-DVD Speed: the FE/TE test is a very nice way to check the best burn speed *before* actually burning data to it and with this version I can finally measure jitter on the second layer with my LiteOn.
As for the value for money: I use it to check the integrity of my backup DVDs (mainly photos) which are worth much more than $25.
It costs too much! I seem to recall the price was $15 initially, now raised to $25. I went back to possibly buy it for $15 but it had been jacked up in the meantime. No way, Jose! He must be dreaming... :)
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