I/O Magic Internal 16X DVD±RW/±R (IDVD16DD) DVD Writer

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I/O Magic Internal 16X DVD±RW/±R (IDVD16DD)

BTC, CyberDrive or Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Mediatek or Philips
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$100 6.4/10
33 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
4 Dynex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Teon 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 2 poor.
3 Teon 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I bought this DVD burner and installed it on my PC (HP workstation xw4100 , 2.0 GHz CPU, 512 MB Memory). Even though I can use this DVD burner, but I am dissappointed for the following reasons:

(1). Slow writing speed: Usually I can only have 0.4-0.8 x speed for CD-R media, far less than the 16 x advertised.

(2). Format Isuues: I used Nero Express to make some DVDs, I found they can not be read by some DVD ROM, such as my Dell Dimension 4100's NEC DV 5700A DVD/CD ROM . While DVD made by my friend using other DVD burner can be read by it.

Thus I don't want to recommend this product. Checking the cnet.com for DVD burner review to buy another one.

Comments posted by tomW from United States, December 28, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

i purchased 2 of these drives from Office Depot, one drive i got is a OEM version with the "G" firmware and the other one is a retail version of the BENQ 1620 with the "B" firmware. according the the BENQ forum at cdfreaks.com the only difference is the "G" firmware is for OEM drives and the "B" is for retail drives. both firmwares are equal and not different. you can check out the BENQ FORUM at cdfreaks.com if you want to flash the OEM drive from "G" firmware to "B" firmware. i did not cross flash my "G" drive since i feel there is no need to.

i have no problems with my 2 drives. i like the fact it has automatic bitsetting for dvd+r media and there was no need for a hack firmware to enable it. BENQ has frequent firmware updates for their drives. it burns flawlessly with dvd+r 8x taiyo yuden, 8x maxell and 8x sony media. the total price i paid for both drives was $86.00 after price matching and mail in rebates. i would highly recommend this drive as it has gotten rave reviews from cdfreaks.com and cdrlabs.com.

Comments posted by budz from United States, December 26, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I got this drive from Staples on the BF sale. When burning it'll only let me use dvdrw and not dvd+-r. I ran info tool to find out which one I have and it says i have the BenQ DW0620 with firmware B6C8.

Comments posted by Danny from United States, December 23, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

I purchased this drive from Office Depot with the rebate and a business coupon for a really good price. I have returned one after struggling for 24 hours with it and been given another one. Mine is the Benq DW1620-OC1 with G7C9. I considered flashing with the better firmware but no one has mentioned the prob I have been having. The drive does not read or write ANY dvd's. It states that there is no disk in the drive, period. It won't read a store bought movie or a burned dvd or anything. Is this a firmware problem? I don't want to void a warranty on something that is bad and needs to be returned as not probable as that sounds. I have an older Benq 4x DVD+RW drive that works perfectly and still does when I put it back in or have it in the system at the same time. I have tried every configuration Master, Slave, Alone, you name it, the new drive will not read DVD's at all. I have a P4 2.0ghz proc WinXPpro 1gb ram, DMA enabled yada yada yada. The whole thing runs like a champ. This is the first time I have had this bad of a problem. Anyone know what the deal is? I'm having trouble believing this is a 2nd bad drive but I've checked everything. Updated Nero also so it's good to go but no dvd player, reader, writer - software or the computer itself can detect a dvd in the drive, blank or otherwise. Thanks for any help you can throw my way.

Comments posted by Fayzer from United States, December 22, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

I got this burner at Staples a few weeks ago for $39 (after rebate). I also got the Teon 8X dvd-r's that were on sale then. This is my first dvd burner so I can't really compare it to anything except to say that I'm satisfied, especially at the low price I paid. I checked and found it to be made by BTC so I used the live update to download and flash it to the latest BTC firmware (originally AO79, now A17J). The IOMagic site(www.iomagic.com/firmware/firmwaredownload.html) didn't show any updates for this model. Anyway, all the dvd's that I burned are good except for one which played but had errors. I reburned that one and now it's good too.

Comments posted by Kenneth J. Harris from United States, December 21, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

I read the comments from eddiesocrazy and tried the link to flash my burner, but the flash program from benQ gave an error of "Drive not support". From what I can tell, unless I can flash my burner to look like a benQ drive I'm stuck, b/c I tried using the tool to check out the blank media so I don't end up with a coaster and it said that it's for benQ drives only.

Comments posted by miker98 from United States, December 17, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have difficulty when I tried to burn dvd (data only).
I tried several times to burn some data to a 8x dvd +r (blank dvd), but it always stopped after 2 or 3 mins after the burning process began. I have seen 2 different error messages in different times, 1) write error & 2) invalid block address. In both cases, the burning process failed.
However, I tried to burn the very same project(s) into a 4x dvd+rw (blank rewritable dvd) without any problem.
Why?? Is the i/o magic 16 dual format/double layer DVD+-RW/+-R can complete the burning process only when I use a DVD+RW? Can anyone help me to solve this problem, I don't think I can afforad to use dvd+-rw every single time when I need to burn something. Thanks

Comments posted by Paul from United States, December 10, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Burned few dvd-r & dvd+r, so great. It burns my ridata 4x dvd+r at 12x. Thats great.
Upgraded to the latest firmware.

Comments posted by jvn14 from United States, December 02, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

For those of you that may have extremely slow reads or burns AND have a VIA chipset, you may be having a UDMA/DMA/PIO conflict. I have the IO Magic DVDRW installed on the Secondary Controller as master (IDE0) and an older Toshiba DVDROM as slave (IDE1). Turns out that the Toshiba doesn't support DMA (defaults to PIO) but the IO Magic does (UDMA 4). If the transfer mode for IDE controller the IO Magic is set to "use DMA (if available)", you will be hosed. The problem is with the VIA chipset, it doesn't like "mixed" modes on the same channel. Right now I live with both channels set to "PIO only" (in XP, Control Panel/System/ /Hardware/Device Manager/IDE ATA-ATAPI Controllers/Secondary Controller/Advanced Settings). One of these days I upgrade the Toshiba to a device that supports DMA and I should get better transfer speeds. One of these days...

Comments posted by Steve from United States, November 29, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Got this at Staples on their Friday Early Bird Special ($40 after easy rebate). This drive works great! Although I burnt a CD at only 19x, not the 48xit says. The DVD I burned did go the 4x speed the DVD was rated. I haven't tried a faster rated DVD media yet. One note: if you get this drive, go to the website it has on the front of the drive itself: www.drvupdate.com. It has a great utility "LiveUpdate". It finds what version of drive you have and will find and download the proper Flash or Driver you need. It was simple and painless!

Comments posted by Biff from United States, November 29, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

So far so good

Comments posted by pagla from United States, November 28, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

The 16X IO Magic Internal Drive will not read the new Memorex 8x DVD+R's ... It will burn them at the speed of 4x....

Comments posted by george from United States, November 28, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Picked up the BenQ model today from Staples. Does a great job of burning DVD-R and DVD+R. Not a single coaster so far... Packaged Nero software could have more features included, but it's a great deal at about $40 (after rebates).

Comments posted by mts from United States, November 26, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

FYI, I just got this DVD at Staples, and it was not the BenQ; it was Emprex DVDRW1016IM.

I havent done much with it yet.

Comments posted by PeterDragon from United States, November 26, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Flashed mine to Benq DW1620 Pro. Follow the flash below from renegade44, then flash to http://support.benq.com/files/storage/Firmware/DW1620/B7P9.zip , which is the latest firmware B7P9 (Enable 4x writing speed for DVD+R DL media). Ignore Evangelion Eva X's comment. He obviously didn't enable DMA. Make sure you enable DMA and that your Bios is set up accordingly. Otherwise it will suck with a burn time of 1.2x (I know, I was so excited I forgot and got hour long burn times). So far its been great, burned Verbatim DVD+R 8X @ 12X overburn and Prodisc Inkjet printable DVD-R 8X @ 12X overburn. The burn times have been in the high 6 to low 7 minute range.

Get this free utility from Benq. It checks your recordable DVD media to see if it will burn properly and not make coasters.

Make sure to check for firmware updates. Benq has been great in upgrading this drive.

Get the Epson R200, R300, R300M or R320 inkjet printer. It works great for printing your dvd/cd media. I'm in love with it and it takes fantastic photos with epson premium glossy photo paper.

Comments posted by eddiesocrazy from United States, November 12, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

this drive sucks i burn a data disk that was only 2g it took me 1hr10mins on a dvd+r at 4x speed my liteon did it in 15mins and the burn data disk didnt even play in my dixv player burn with liteon it plays

Comments posted by Evangelion Eva X from United States, November 11, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

This drive is a rebadged BenQ DW1620 and can be flashed to a BenQ DW1620 which will burn fuji DVD-R 8X and others @12X which it won't do as an I/O Magic IDVD16X


Comments posted by renegade44 from United States, October 24, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

This unit is easily the best I have owned. I tried 3 other makes, Pioneer, Iomega, Liteon, all with limited success and alot of coasters. But this I/O magic has burned every disc I have thrown at it (Philips 8x, Spin X 4x, Verbatim 4x, Sony 4x, TDK 4x, Fuji 4x as well as 2 different generics) with NO coasters. All have been -R. I like the Philips the best as they burn at a full 8x.

Comments posted by Jeffers from United States, October 20, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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Write support / Read support
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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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