HP DVD200e DVD Writer

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HP DVD200e

USB2, Firewire, 2MB
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$200 5.3/10
8 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Bencole Platinum Series 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD+R (LONGTEN.002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.010) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pine 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ricoh 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Great burner when it works.
My first spindle of 25 blank tdks worked without exception. The second spindle is at less that 50% success without rhyme or reason.
I've burned a dvd with no success then tried again later to have it work fine.
I've had zero success burning iso files no matter which software I've tried to use.

Comments posted by jb from United States, January 09, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

I've burned over 40 movies with my writer using DVD XCOPY XPRESS version 2.O.1 the WRITER works fine and I'm completely satisfied. I have a few errors in the beginning but it works cool. Works better with Windows 98 than XP

Comments posted by LOULAW from United States, March 19, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I have yet to burn a successful movie with this burner. I have added 5 brand new expensive coasters to my collection. I tired Nero, DVDXCopy, and several other software jsut to find out it's not the software but the burner. It wouldn't even write to HP DVD+RW.

Comments posted by Samir from Other, February 20, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

Initially we had problems too with the DLA aspect.
Of late I have copied dvd's Ive created of home videos created and burned many vcd onto many varieties of cd r without hassle.
Now it must be time to upgrade to a faster machine!!

Comments posted by Chris Hattan from New Zealand, February 07, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Ditto to all the above negative comments.

Writes good to DVD+RW ONLY,will not write to DVD+R at all.I have always had trouble.Now it's out of warranty,so I'm stuck with DVD+RW
writing only.

Junk.Don't waste your bux.

Comments posted by redlineracing from Other, October 20, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Yep ,the software coming with it is utter crap ,for the bin , also using Nero now and results are exccelent. Had it now for 4 weeks ,lots of problems copying dvd's on the fly ,writing image files seems to sort this out nicely.Using a P4-2ghz with XP.No problems so far ,just made a ton of coasters ,got dvd's that didn't even want to read in the drive that burned it ,seems to be something about the dla ?

Comments posted by muggie from Other, June 09, 2003. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

we bought the 200e for use in the company and discovered the following:

Using memorex CD-R 700mb/80min, we burned several successful Data CDs. To our surprise on the 8th CD it returned an HP error that the drive does not support 80 minute CDs.
Tried another CD it worked...kept going and another CD failed...?
hmmm? we were stumped.

then we realized that the CDs that failed had been pre-labeled with permanent marker (a balck sharpie).

Stange i thought but 3 further tests, seem to prove the theory right.

Now we know not to pre-label the CDs before we burn them.


Comments posted by tc from Other, January 13, 2003. Rated this writer 5 of 10.


Conversion from DivX to MPEG2 has its problems. The DVD Worked, but halfway through, the video stream messed up (The problem was with the DivX file itself), and I was left with an out of sync error that lasted the rest of the movie. I will be working on this problem and updating corrections here. The DVD player works great with Nero, so if you get the drive junk the provided software and get Nero. The price I payed was $350 with a $50 rebate (Best Buy) Best Buy policies suck, as I just got burned on software - The clerk told me I could take the package home then return it if it wasn't what I wanted, however this was not the case) Anyway anti Best Buy sentiments will be posted on another site.

I have a 3 year old DVD player (Toshiba SD1600) and the DVDs I burn work well if I do not mess up. I reccomend cretins guide for information about backing up commerdial DVD's (The link is listed at this site).

Comments posted by bubbabeergut from Other, January 13, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

Great drive.
I had problems at first because of some usb 2.0 issues. My hp ze4125 just would not communicate at 480 mbits, so the drive appeared real slow. I tried two different usb 2.0 pcmcia cards with various drivers all to no avail. I changed over to a firewire pcmcia card and have been flying since. Been using dvd x copy with excellent results, reads and burns dvd in less than 1 hour.

Comments posted by aj from Other, January 02, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Great Drive. The first DVD I burned(Today) was a DivX avi. It worked the first time. After spending two days of research at this site (Great site) I finally was able to convert the file to a format that I thought might burn.

First I decompressed the audio file using decompress (freeware). I then converted the file to MPEG with TMPGEnc-2 using the standard set up. (Although I will be trying some modifications in the future, and I will be purchasing the professional version). At this point I was able to burn the movie to a DVD+R using sonis My DVD, load it in the player and enjoy. My DVD player is 3 years old, and does not support MP3, VCD, etc.

All in all I have had a great day.

Comments posted by BubbaBeerGut from Other, January 01, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

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The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.

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)

The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.

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