Digital Research Internal 4x DVD±RW/±R (DDVDRW4D) DVD Writer

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Digital Research Internal 4x DVD±RW/±R (DDVDRW4D)

Accesstek or BTC
Chipset:Sanyo or Mediatek
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$200 7.4/10
20 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Digital Matrix 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Digital Matrix 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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Hey, guys!

I got this drive from Best Buy in exchange for an HP 200j burner that went bad before the warranty was up. Was bummed because it doesn't work with Easy CD Creator (which I'd used for years). Used the InstantCD Creator that came with it and burned some mp3 discs; they played fine in my computer and in my Magnavox DVD/mp3 player, but they wouldn't play in my Audiophase portable mp3 player. Must have been the software; I switched to RecordNow and it burned discs that play in all three.
Different form of the same problem: on the old burner I'd burned dozens of Memorex DVD+R's using ULead Movie Factory 2. Never had a problem with them, and they would play on an old Toshiba DVD player, two Apex machines (a 1200 and a 1500) and the Magnavox. Started burning them on here three weeks ago and for whatever reason, they only play in the Magnavox and ONE of the Apex players. Oh, but it burns VCD's that work just fine. How weird is that? Irritates the hell out of me, and if their best explanation is that it's the Memorex, they're wrong. I double-tested all the Memorex discs I burned using the HP 200j on all four machine, and they work just fine.
I'm out of ideas. If anybody can offer an explanation, I'm open to suggestions.

Comments posted by KBesq from United States, April 29, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Supplement to original post - Burned a number of discs now.
It seems to prefer +R media. The only problems I have had have been with -R and -RW discs. Works great with Maxell +RW @ 2.4X and HP +R @ 4X. Princo -R does NOT work and have trouble with Princo -RW (unreliable). Great burner, especially for the price I paid.

Comments posted by DonS from United States, February 08, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Just got this drive from an E-bay auction, installed (WinXP, AMD Duron 900mhz, pCchips mainboard)no problems. Recognized as "Generic 4X dual DVD recorder",PIO line with hardware profile. Burnt a backup to my "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" with the supplied disc, a Riteck - did not catch whether it was a +R or -R, but disc plays perfectly on the burner, on the Hitachi DVD player in my machine and on my Apex AD1500 stand alone. Also burnt an audio CD, with NTI Dragon Burn (ver.6). Theonly drawback I can find so far is that Nero (ver 5.5.9) does not recognize it as a burner. DVD was made with DVDshrink and CopytoDVD.
Next step for me is to download the update from Nero to see if it will recognize the drive - reason being that I prefer Nero over NTI for audio because you can tweak the audio files before burning. Only rating this as a 7 because of limited experience - more later.
Mine is labelled as DD0201, mfg 9/03 so suspect it is an Optowrite.

Comments posted by Don S from United States, January 28, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I have had no major problems with this drive (I have the Optorite DD0203 version). The only issue I have had is that I have never come close to reavhing the 4X write speed. The best I've hit (with different types of media) is 2X. Running an Athlon XP 2500+, 512 ram, and Abit NF7-S version 2 board,

Comments posted by Greg from United States, January 24, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

I too got the BTC 1004IM Burner. I have had mixed success with this so far. All discs have worked in this drive, though some (>50%) have not worked correctly in my DVD player (Zenith 2550) or PS2. On one, menu worked fine, as did the first few minutes of content. After some play, started to get some blips and skips. Near the end, unplayable. Still trying to determine the problem. Kinda wish I would have got another drive but, oh well. I saw a dual format drive for under $100 and bought it.

Comments posted by jngonzo from United States, January 22, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

My DVD burner that came in the digital research box ended up being a "BTC DRW1004IM" burner. To date I have burned 8 full DVD's with sony DVD-R and also comp usa DVD-R media. So far I havent had one coaster and they play fine on my Toshiba dvd player. The comp usa media is only $10 for a 10 pack. As far as I am concerned this is a great drive. By the way, am I the only one here that has gotten the BTC burner?

Comments posted by Patrick from United States, January 21, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Santa brought me this drive for X-Mas this year. I was soon disappointed when I found that I couldn't read any of the disks that I burnt. I was able to get 2 Imation DVD+R's to work and 1 Maxell CDR to work, though it failed on the same media on other attempts. I even went out and bought a variety of brands and tried with no success. I did some searching and found out it was really a BTC re-packaged drive. Tech support confirmed that it was a BTC drive and suggested I upgrade the BIOS, no help. I returned the drive and got a Plextor PX-708A and it has burned every disk I put into it, even the ones that failed miserably on the Digital research drive.

Comments posted by dudehere2000 from Other, January 08, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

Mine is an Optorite DD0203 which came with firmware 2.15 installed. I upgraded the firmware with a hacked RPC-1 firmware 2.30 without a problem. However I started having some problems burning. So I figured I would trash the hacked firmware and flash it with Optorite's official 2.30 firmware since I only have region 1 discs anyway. However the flash failed and rendered the drive DEAD. No power, no LEDs, no spin up sounds, tray won't eject. Completely dead. I attempted some recovery techniques I found on other forums, all to no avail. Now I am off to Best Buy to exchange it. I hope they have another one in stock.

Keith, yours sounds like a BTC drive model DRW 1004IM.

Comments posted by Mike from Other, January 03, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I just bought this drive on 12/30/03. Because this is a repackaged drive, I'd like to be sure that the drive I have is the same hardware as the drives others have flashed successfully. It wouldn't surprise me if Digital Research has packaged different drives under the model DDVDRW4. The label on my drive has DDVDRW4 printed on it, but it also says, "Model: DVDRW 1004IM" on it. Can anyone tell me how to be sure what firmware update is right for my drive?

Comments posted by Keith from Other, December 30, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

This is a decent generic Burner, I can't see why people spend $$$$$$ for name brands like Sony, Plextor & Pioneer.

Save the $$$ for blank media. Great burner for the money worth every penny

Over 400 discs burned, with only 1 coaster.


Comments posted by Gary from Other, December 29, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Just bought this at Best Buy for $150 - $30 dollar rebate.
So far everything shared in previous reviews is accurate. No problems. The unit installed easily, (XP on a P3 1.4gHz CPU w/40GB HD; 128MB SDRAM). There was a disc that had installation and driver choices. Selected the firmware upgrade (2.15) and the device flashed perfectly. Software came with the device (Pinnacle Studio SE) it works great. The sample media blank DVD burned copies of jpegs, audio, and transitions without problem. You will need the recommended 256MB RAM or else you windows virtural memory will take a big hit. After all DVD burning was done, ran the DVD in both a JVC XV S65 & an Emerson dual VCR/DVD unit. The burned copy played flawlessly. Now I'll try XCopy for DVD backups. Rate this an "8" for ease of installation and package features.

Comments posted by Mediamogul from Other, November 14, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Great burner......... Already has more than paid itself off.

I highly suggest if looking to start off cheap, and looking to do Dual Format......This is the way to go for around $109.00-$139.00

Comments posted by Dawn Remake Fan from Other, November 14, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Purchased the drive at BestBuy for 119.99 after $30 rebate(good till this saturday). Installed the drive into a USB2.0/Firewire enclosure. Connected up and was recognized by XP instantly. Drive was marked as a DD0201 on the drive, so I downloaded the 2.23 Win firmware from Optorite and ran it. To my surprise, it seen the drive as currently being 2.17. Thought it might not work being in the enclosure. Chose the 2.23 file and updated. Went through without a glitch. Rebooted and backed up a couple movies with no problems so far. DVDdecrypter worked great with it.

Comments posted by Bradly from Other, November 14, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Bought this drive at Best Buy and I can't burn DVD's that are recognized in any DVD or DVD drive....not even this one which created it. CD's burn fine. I have tried both DVD-r and DVD+R...even the disk they gave me didn't write so it could be read,. I am using XP on a new PC. I tried tech support and held on for almost 2 hrs total. I was told to update firmware which did nothing. I tried on-line message help but gave up after an hour. No support and 2 hrs long distance to California and still can't burn viewable DVD's. I tried Excel files also but no luck too.

Comments posted by dennis kennedy from Other, November 06, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Bought the drive from Bestbuy $159 with $30 rebate. It's really a Sanyo drive and upgraded with firmware 2.16 and it became 8 Meg cache drive. I had trouble to have Nero at first to recognize my drive. To fix this, install Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD software bundled with the drive and it modified some setting on the OS. I have burned DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW disks and it never failed and they all work fine with my Panasonic RV31 DVD player. For the price of dual fomat drive, this is a very good drive and it run quite as well.

Comments posted by Frank from Other, November 03, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I bought the model DDVDRW4D. $179.00 with a $30.00 rebate. Burns boths DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW. Excellent! So far it's fantastic. Does just what's advertised. I've burned both DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. Played everything I can find on it. All work great so far. The DVDs I've burned play in both of my stand-alone units (Apex, Xbox, Play Station and Pioneer). I used merorex and be all DVD blanks so far. As I use others I'll try to update here.
And the best think of this that i can burn a dvd movie with dvd X copy Xpress in 14 minutes total. with AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1.666GHz Processor

Comments posted by Carlos from Other, October 30, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

bought this at best buy for 139 bucks with a 30 dollar rebate. On top of that it is dual format after you open the box. dvd+ or dvd - it does both. Did not work at all with dvdxcopy xpress but I have had luck using anydvd and clonedvd. So far it works fine with my player cyberhome 300 and dvd-rw(sony) but not with my daewoo dvg5000 or my old panasonic 120. Dvd+rw works with none of my players. I'm gonna experiment more though. I will return with more detail

Comments posted by scum1 from Other, October 22, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Got one from Best Buy - Open Box for $120! (I know...Holy Crap!!!)
Got the dual format, too. Works perfectly - no problems! Burned movies to the included DVD+R and to Memorex DVD-R at full 4X and they play fine in my Sony PS2 and Sony standalone DVD player (model#something-315 - the one that comes with the remote without number buttons so I can't hack it) Also burned audio cds to Memorex CD-Rs at 24X just fine. I can't figure out WHY it was "open box"? No coasters yet.

Comments posted by DIGITAL_SPECTRUM from Other, October 20, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I installed this drive on my home computer running XP home, Pentium 4 processor with 60G available of HD space and from the get go I was unable to burn a single DVD. I re-installed the original software in the Box a couple times and flashed the drive firmware with an update available on-line, but nothing seemed to work until I read an article posted on this website describing similar problems in machines running XP. You must installed adaptec's ASPI drivers in order to make it work. Here is a link where you can download the latest Aspi plus additional info:

Comments posted by RColt from Other, October 09, 2003. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

Yesterday I bought this drive at Best Buy for $179 - $30 rebate. I also bought a pack of TDK 4x DVD+R disks. I am using the final Nero v5.5 software. I wrote a nearly full data DVD and over 1/3 of the written files fail data verification after writing.

Is it the TDK disks or is it the drive? I don't really feel like spending hours in testing disks so I may just return the drive for a different brand.

Comments posted by Tom N from Other, October 01, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

Well like I said, they told me it was an 'NEC'. Not. I flashed mine with the Sanyo CRD-BPDV2 firmware version 2.15 and it works flawlessly. It makes no sense that this drive is anything other than the Sanyo. Why else would it work with their firmware. Still rating this guy high. It's working flawlessly for me. Although I haven't had a chance to test it on DVD-R yet. Can't find just one anywhere. :P

Comments posted by joeaux from Other, August 22, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Alright, I too got this drive and was wondering what drive it is and if it actually does dvd-rw. I talk to DR tech and they said that they were doing a test with the DVD+rw drives so they threw in a DVD-/+RW drive in there as a test. SO its only by luck. Now on what type of drive DR is using here is what they said in the email....

Most are the NEC, althought there are a couple Philips and Benq's.

Also the mentioned that not to use memorex media, they tend to make coasters. But everythign else is fine.

Comments posted by hoho from Other, August 21, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Ok, here's the poop on this guy. I did a little research here and there (mostly at and through the help of some kind souls figured out that this drive is in reality a Sanyo CRD-BPDV2. I'm pretty much convinced because after reading months worth of forum posts over there I decided to grab the kahunas and flash the sucker with the Sanyo CRD-BPDV2 firmware version 2.15. Went without a hitch. Now the full 8 meg buffer is activated. Drive is still working fine for me. Seems to have a problem with some old Acer CD-RWs that I have. Works with all my other media though (CD, CD-R, CD-RW). By the way, it seems that the OptoRite DD0203 is also this drive. The Sanyo doesn't seem to be covered here but the OptoRite is. Just do a search. It'll show up.

Comments posted by joeaux from Other, August 15, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Update. This thing is still doing flawlessly so far. Burned several more DVD+R/+RW (FujiFilm). Is this drive the NEC ND-1300A? Be interesting to find out. It seems to only rip DVDs at 2.4 speed. Bummer. If it is the 1300A we can flash the hacked firmware and get faster rip speeds.

Comments posted by joeaux from Other, August 15, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

Ok, bought this guy at Best Buy (Ugh, I know). $179.00 with a $30.00 rebate. Got it home opened the box and it had a nice letter from the company in it. "We've upgraded your DVD hardware to DVD-R/-RW compatiblity"! Yup, now it does both DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW. Excellent! So far it's fantastic. Does just what's advertised. I've burned both DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. Played everything I can find on it. All work great so far. The DVDs I've burned play in both of my stand-alone units (Apex and Panasonic). Only used Fujifilm DVD blanks so far. As I use others I'll try to update here.

Comments posted by joeaux from Other, August 12, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

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Write support / Read support
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested

Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes

DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.

Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)

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