HP DVD400i DVD Writer

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HP DVD400i

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$200 6.9/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This is the one burner that burns the customer as well. It was so bad it made my machine inoperable for inconsistent periods of time.(Burner hangs OS).HP support was beyond attrocious and this burner helped me finally realize not to purchase HP products or face the consequences of buying poorly manufactured components (I believe this drive is just a repackaged BENQ low end feeder)The drive was so poor BENQ didnt even want to put their name on it and sold it to HP. Avoid the horror story I had for the last year (warranty hell)remove this drive from your machine and dispose of it in a suitable inferno.

Comments posted by Thomas Lee from United States, May 16, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I bought the unit about 6 months ago, worked just fine, burnt about 300 dvds, and it has finally started dying on me. I've started getting power calibration errors, along with can't close session. I burns one 32kb track and it dies. I've wasted tons of dvds, different formats, but I think the unit just died. I tried updating firmware, and also reverting, but no use.

Comments posted by R Caloca from United States, June 14, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

Well This 400i replaced my previous 200i HP Burner at best buy under the PSP. I purchased it in January and yesterday it started giving me the same errors the 200i gave me. Power Calibration Error. Caused about 5 coasters and I gave up on it, made a trip to best buy this morning, and picked up a Plextor 8x dual format burner and it works perfect. All I gotta say is STAY AWAY FROM HP BURNERS! This is the 2nd HP dvd+r burner that gave me power calibration errors. Don't take the risk!

Comments posted by Joshua from United States, May 02, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

diginetman, you're using the wrong type of dvd media. This burner uses either dvd+r or dvd+rw media only. To copy movies, you need to remove the CSS protection with the DVDdecrypter first, then use DVDshrink 3.1.7, which can also be downloaded for free (www.mrbass.org/dvdshrink/), so it will fit onto a dvd disc. The dvd disc says 4.7 GB, however it really holds only about 4.35 GB. Most movies are about twice this size because they're dual-layered, and the blank dvd media is one-sided, which is why you have to shrink it down to fit.

As for my comments about this burner, it's super quiet and burns well. Came with my system, a P4, 2.6 Ghz with HT, 80G hard drive. I highly recommend this one.

Comments posted by sk from United States, March 26, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Would Somebody pleae help?? Errors and No Luck???

I just bought a HP pavilion with HP400i burner and a case of TDK DVD-R, I bought DVD Cloner II, and also downloaded 1Click DVD, plus the DVD Decrypter and DVD43, I have NTFS and Win XP, Last couple of days have been hell trying to backup a commercal Movie. What is the deal? would one of you experts tell me what I need to get/do?

Comments posted by diginetman from United States, March 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

The HP DVD400i is a great burner, but its only drawback is that it does not burn DVD-RW or DVD-R. I have burnt about 30 Discs using Nero Ultra and DVD XCOPY Platinum without any coasters. It burns 4X media at about 12 to 13 minnutes and 8X media at 8 minnutes. If it had the capability to burn DVD-RW and DVD-R it would definately be about the best burner on the market and that is why I gave it an 8 out of 10. I use Melody DVD+RW, HP DVD+R(8X) AND DVD+RW(2.4X and 4X), VERBATUM DVD+R(8X), Memorex DVD+RW(2.4X), and Phillips DVD+RW(2.4X)Discs all of which can be purchased if you research and find the best deal(s).

Comments posted by Kevin Ray from United States, March 13, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Sorry nerd69! Forgot to come back...

I've only tried them on a Samsung S221 (still looking for a region free hack). I've burnt a total of about 200 dvds as of today, and it works just as when I bought it two months ago, super quiet.

Comments posted by R Caloca from United States, February 10, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

I have had this for about 2 weeks & have burned over 50 dvd's. This dvd is really good. Dvd drive is very quiet & has never given me problems. I have been writting at 4x with Nero. I am going to try 8x media soon. The only issue is that within Windows XP is shows the drive as being a HP 400c instead of a 400i. Not sure if this matter but works wonderful! You can't go wrong with this drive.

Comments posted by Manny from United States, January 21, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Great burner! if your media is only 4x it will burn at 4x for about 13 minutes even if you use nero or record now. If you use 8x dvd media, it burns a dvd in less than 9 minutes. It copies 4.7gig data at 10x. It plays on all my dvd players like Sony, Samsung, Pioneer, Mintek, Toshiba and Philips.

Comments posted by nerd69 from Other, January 09, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

R Caloca, what dvd player did you try the burned dvd's

Comments posted by nerd69 from Other, January 06, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Bought it two weeks ago, I've burnt about 40 dvds by now, it works pretty good. Very quiet, and doesn't heat up. I've only tried at 4x. The only minus is the lack of support for DVD-R.

Comments posted by R Caloca from Other, December 15, 2003. Rated this writer 9 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)

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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