HP DVD740i DVD Writer

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HP DVD740i

Hitachi-LG or Lite-On
Chipset:Panasonic or Mediatek
EIDE, 2MB, LightScribe
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$90 7.3/10
11 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BenQ 8xDVD+R (DAXON...AZ2) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD+R (SONY....D21) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Awful.. has just about died after 8 months

Comments posted by Tom from United States, June 02, 2007. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

As far as burning CD's and DVD's the drive is about as good as anyone else's on the market, although it's priced about $25.00 to $40.00 dollars higher than the lower priced units which do not have Lightscribe abilities.
Which brings me to my major complaint, the Lightscribe feature is full of bugs in the software and driver. HP knows about this, but choose to market the drive before the bugs got fixed. They have posted no fixes as yet on their web site and I don't expect to see any soon. The drive if your lucky will recognize about 4 out of 10 disks lightscribe disks and allow you to print. Then all you have to do is wait about 25 to 35 min. for the disk to finish. Take my advice, go to TigerDirects web site buy the cheaper drive, whatever is on sale, then buy the Casio CD printer. You'll spend just a little more, but you'll be happier than me.

Comments posted by Henry Cowen from United States, April 13, 2006. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

Got this writer/drive with the purchase of the HP Pavilion a1350n(AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+). I've burned everything @ either 16x(DVDR) or 8x(DVDRW) and its never had one problem. Using Verbatim and Philips media, and Nero Decrypter to burn. Can do just about anything while its burning a dvd and the quality/sound is always great. Works fine in the Playstation 2 and Philips DVP642. Two Thumbs way up.

Comments posted by JD from United States, February 25, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Your right about the auto bit setting! I am just use to having to run an external program to set the book type!

I just wished that the LightScribe image was darker... but other than that this is a very nice fast drive!

Comments posted by David from United States, January 18, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

It does not matter what burning software you use. The bit is set automatically to DVD-ROM for DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD+RL. The lightscribe feature works nice, too. Would have been nicer if it does it in color.

Comments posted by amdelros from United States, January 17, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

All the reviews that I have read state that this drive has BITSETTING.. but what software work?

Comments posted by David from United States, January 16, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

It's still too early to tell, but so far I am pleased with this burner. I was having compatibility issues with my NEC ND-3500A burner (using DVD+R DL media) where it wouldn't play in several DVD players. I have burned 3 DVD+R DL DVD's, and haven't had any read problems yet. And this was with sub-par Memorex DVD+R DL media. I'll report back in a few weeks after I have had a little more time with this burner, but so far I am pretty happy with it.

Comments posted by JR from United States, January 16, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Absolutey flawless burns... every time. I Love it! I'm using AnyDVD along with CloneDVD 2 and the results are wonderful. I'm only giving it a 9 because the lightscribe feature takes forever to burn the image to disc.

Comments posted by Justin from United States, January 08, 2006. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

This drive is great. I have tried different brands and different formated discs and it burns them great, with flawless compatablity to other dvdroms. However, I must say yes it does run a little slow...but nowhere near as slow as what some of the other posters have been saying..normal burn time for a singlesider is about 11 min. rated as a 9 cause i haven't as of yet tried DL features...everthing else is great...ps litescribe it the crap.

Comments posted by jake from United States, December 23, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I purchased a HP 740i (although the computer device manager says it is a 740b)

I bought it for the multiformat -R (which I had) and +R.
I burned a couple of DVD-R's with little problem, except it burned slower then the capbility of the Philips DVD' and drive (4X with an 8x disk).

However, I have had Multple failures with DVD+R's. I purchased Memorex High Speed (16X) DVD+R's. I have had 7 failures out 7 of 9 Disks. I will not set the burn speed more then 12x, and in fact burns between 4x and 8x.

The problem seems to be writing the trailer or finalizing the disk - which when sucessfull takes 15 to 20 minutes, after a 3 minute lead in and date burn. I have even left it go for as long as 45 minutes, but still fails to write the lead in.

I use Easy Creator 6 with all the updates (2 disks were completed sucessfully according to the program but could not be read), and the Nero 6 software that came with the drive. The Nero software would burn at 100% but constantly spin up and spin down the drive for 15 to 30 minutes, then when trying to cancel lock up my computer, and the DVD Drive. I could not end the program or open the drive or reboot. I would have to pull the plug on the computer.

DVD+R seem to write sucessful as well as CDRW's, but haven't tried to burn CDR's or CDRW (use my old fast Plextor CD Rom Drive to burn CD's)

I am sorry I gave my old Pioneer DVD -R drive away.

All in all, I wish I had bought a Plextor instead of an HP.

Stay away from this Drive, it is not worth the money or hassel.

Comments posted by don from United States, December 22, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

The DVD 740i seems to be working good so far, however I have had the following issue. The first batch of disks I bought are the Maxell DVD-R Printable DVDs. They are rated at 8x and the player says right on the box that it burns DVD-Rs at 16x. When burning in Nero 6.6 it says writing at 8x (which would be correct due to the media speed of 8x). However it took over 36 minutes to write a full 4.7 GB disk. I thought for sure that it would take about 8 - 15 minutes. My times seem way to long.

When I use up this 25 pack of disks I will try some other media, hopefully the problem will be solved.

Comments posted by Flex from United States, November 06, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I bought this burner recently and the first thing I noticed when I went to use it using Nero was that the only write speed that I can ever select using any type of disk is the maximun rated speed for that disk. I want to be able to burn DVD-R disks rated for 4x at 1x, but I can't. The only choice I have is 4x. I have tried DVD-RW, CD-R and DVD+R DL disks all with the same result. The writer may work fine if you could get it to burn at 1x, but I wouldn't know.

Comments posted by Flasharino from United States, October 25, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

I just recently bought this burner at Best Buy to replace a BTC 1108IM which started having problems with cheap media (which I have plenty of) and I could not be any happier. The 740i burns the cheap media without any problem and I don't have to fiddle with bit setting as it does it automatically. I only wish it comes in other color instead of just black but this is not a big deal. It came with Nero 6.6 and a lightscribe CD blank which I have not used yet. I have not tried the dual layer feature yet either as the blanks are still expensive and I don't have any need to do so. I tentatively gave it a 9 because I have not tried all the features yet.

Comments posted by amdelros from United States, October 22, 2005. 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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