HP DVD420i DVD Writer

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HP DVD420i


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
32xCDR ZCLV
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$200 8.1/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 ANV 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BenQ 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 HP 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vakoss 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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i have the same drive and have not had a coaster since i bought it in June of 04...am very happy with it ....had anothe hp cd writer for years when 4x was the big speed and it still works perfectly....was wondering something....how can u burn dual layer discs on it ..i've read that some people can do that with this writer but i cant seem to figure it out
Thanks in Advance


Comments posted by Daman1965 from Canada, April 06, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





It seemed like a good brand as I was pleased with my HP CDRW drive but ....

It has automatic firmware updates which is good I guess, but when I burnt DVD's (using HP 4.7gig media dvd+r8x) with everything closed and AMDxp1600, the movies would play once or twice then start locking up in later chapters like they were wearing out. !?!?!?

Not sure if the problem was the HP DVD 420i, or the HP Media, either way , somethings wrong here.

A friend lent me some of his movies burnt on Verbatim disks and those seemed to play fine. So....figure that out.


Comments posted by alan from United States, March 12, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





GREAT DRIVE. I HAVE BURNED AROUND 50 DVDs' SINCE JUNE AND NOT ONE COASTER. I UPDATED THE FIRMWARE TO CONVERT IT TO THE NEC 2500A TO BURN 4X MEDIA, DVD+R AND DVD-R, AT 8X. ALSO I CAN NOW BURN DUAL LAYER DISCS, VERBATIM FOR NOW. THE DUAL LAYER DISCS ARE NOT COST EFFECTIVE, BUT SOONER OR LATER THEY WILL DECREASE IN PRICE. HP ON THE OTHER HAND IS CHARGING TOO MUCH FOR THIS BURNER. NEC,2500 AND 2510, FOR NOW IS THE CHEAPER AND MORE RELIABLE DRIVE THAN ANY OF THE REST I HAVE SEEN. I AM USING DVD SHRINK 3.17 AND UPGRADED TO DVD SHRINK 3.2, BURNING WITH NERO 6.3.1.20
(Released 13 Aug 04) MOSTLY THE CHEAPEST AND INEXPENSIVE BLANK 4X DVD-R AND DVD+R I COULD FIND. THE REASON I GAVE THIS BURNER A 10 IS BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER FAILED TO COMPLETELY BURN A DVD DISC, AND I WILL NEVER EVER BUY ANOTHER HP DVD BURNER AGAIN.


Comments posted by Kevin from United States, September 02, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I can only burn at 2x using Xcopy and DVDClone2, and Nero 5.5 can't even see it. I've already upgraded to the latest firmware but it made no difference. Any suggestions?


Comments posted by Danny B. from United States, June 29, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Great Drive, just updated the firmware, used shrink, and clonedvd, no coasters except one (had msn messenger and mirc open) most likely caused it to fail. Aside form that when I don't have things that can interrupt the writing, it's all gravy. This drive was alot more smooth going to get recording on memorex prodisc media, compared to the TDK I did have before.


Comments posted by SaRGe from Canada, June 23, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is a great drive. I bought it, plugged it in and it worked flawlessly.
I have been using 4X Ritek DVD-R's and have not burned a coaster yet. It is quite fast, and very quiet when it reads and writes.
Realy my only complaint is that it only comes in black (oh well). But I will sacrifice that for performance any day.
The software that comes with it is decent and if you are making home movies is pretty easy, but lacks a lot of features that Adobe Encore DVD has. But so far it is great for capturing video through my MSI GeForce FX 5600XT-VTDR video card. It is way better than virtual VCR, Nero, or Adobe Premier, I just don't like it as a authoring tool.
I have several friends that have DVD burners and this one is easier, more compatible and has better software than any of theirs.


Comments posted by RDR from United States, June 18, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is a great drive. Flawless install, automatic firmware updates, automatic bitsetting (no firmware hacking required, it's standard), high reliability on various brands of media (I've used -R, +R, and +RW by Memorex and Ridata), and quite zippy.

The bundled software isn't much, but if you have Nero you're all set. (If you don't have Nero, you should.)

I liked it so much that I bought a second one ($159 minus $30 mail-in rebate from Best Buy), and they now peacefully coexist on the same machine.

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Comments posted by Rick Prescott from United States, May 24, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I recently bought the HP 420i drive and I was really impressed with the drive.

I have been able to burn using Nero 6.3.1.6 , DVD XCopy 3.2.1 and the bundled software included without a coaster yet. I have also been able to record my DV movies to DVD with no problem and great speeds.

This drive is a great investment for the price and is one of the fastest burners I have seen.


Comments posted by Andrew from Canada, April 16, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Picked one up yesterday and dropped it into a ADS USB 2.0 /Firewire external enclosure.
Works great with my G4 laptop running OS 10.2.8, burned some data and video disk with no problems using Toast 6. Perfect!
My window XP desktop on the other hand, refuses to recognize it as a DVD drive/burner. It will mount most disks as a generic removable drive (doesn't know it's a DVD or CD), but the provided HP software and 3rd party software won't see it. Can't burn disks with it unless I pull it out of the external bay and put it in my PC tower. Very disappointing.


Comments posted by Warren from Canada, March 24, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





Ok I uninstalled my nForce2 IDE controllers and installed the default Windows XP IDE controllers and have had no problems burning, burned a .img today and worked fine, burned some data disks, again, no problems. Using Nero now too ^_^


Comments posted by Faction from Canada, March 22, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I just bought this burner today. I had the Sony DRU-530, and after 5 Coasters and an error with their drive checking utility, I returned it.

The first DVD with the 420i was a coaster(mistsumi -r X4), the second, using the RW that came with it, burned fine. Both using Nero 6.3.1.6

I attempted to burn again, using the +r x8 that came with it, and it again failed using Nero. The DVD would be burning, timer going up, and then the LED on the front of the drive would turn off, and the percentage would not increase over some time.

I then tried it again using the Mitsumis I had, but using Alcohol 120% I got a write error in the log at 0%, but when I took the DVD out, it looked to be about 50% full. *shrug*

I then used the RecordNow software to burn some DiVX files onto the mitsumi. It completed and works well.

I then attempted to use RecordNow again to burn the same file I had been trying with the coasters to burn, and it worked.

Soooo... I'm still undecided as to what to think about this. It seems to work fine with the provided software but not Nero or Alcohol. Perhaps I'll try out DVDXCopy and see if that works too. But after burning so many coaster, I'd rather not.

Will wait and see. First "working" DVD drive so it may just be inexperience(?).


Comments posted by Faction from Canada, March 20, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

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


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= 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.


Connection
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)


Rating
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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