Iomega Dual DVD±RW DVD Writer

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Iomega Dual DVD±RW


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
16xCDR CLV
10xCDRW CLV
4xDVD-R CLV
2xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
4xDVD+R CLV
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EIDE, 2MB
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$300 7.2/10
32 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BeAll 1xDVD-R (BeAll G00001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bluechip 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (AML.........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (VANGUARD....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Omni 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Packard Bell 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sky 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 1xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Woxter 1xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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I've bought a Iomega Dual DVD +-RW and i've gotta say that it's very good.
The first thing i did after i installed it on my computer was flash it with the new firmare, no problems so far.
Someone said that there was problems with it burning DVD-r's 1x, but i didn't have that problem at all (maybe cause of the new firmware).
I'm very happy with it thus far :)

Greets from Portugal:
- Pedro


Comments posted by Pedro from Other, September 25, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have since got the firmware update and it now records on to Princo.
This is my second comment and i now rate it better than before.
I got the firmware by clicking through Mr Baptistas' help.
I have only done one but i am happier.


Comments posted by Sid from Other, September 24, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I just want to thanks to you all. I had bought a IOMEGA DUAL DVD Writer and it wasn't working fine with DVD-R. I had found in here somo useful stuff to repair it, as the update for the firmware. One more time, thanks for you all.


Best regards from Portugal,

Miguel Semedo


Comments posted by Miguel Semedo from Other, September 23, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Hi.

New official firmware avaiable.

http://www.iomega.com/software/updates/index_updates.html

Seems to be working better and faster. I'll run tests with diferent media.

Tis is my second comment, and i set a new rating.

Bye.


Comments posted by Rui Baptista from Other, September 19, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.







Comments posted by Rui Baptista from Other, September 15, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





No problem or bug's...best quality with a low cost...i try it with Sony, TDK, Philips media...


Comments posted by Angelo from Other, September 15, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





This is a great drive for DVDs and CDs but a disaster when it comes to CD-RWs. Top speed recording (4x) is obtained by enabling DMA in Windows. DVD recognition is improved when using Herrie's NEC1300a firmware revision 105v11 available from his website.

http://herrie.rpc1.org

It seems 100% compatible but your Iomega will be displayed as an NEC model. One frustrating feature of this drive is it's absolute inability to record DVD-R at 1x despite the claims to the contrary in the enclosed literature. It will burn them at 2x and wreck them...





Comments posted by irulat from Other, August 30, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





this dvd buener has got some problem with frontech dvd's rest i tried worked fine for me.
hey Linuxx can u pls provide the another link for the hacked firmware, bcoz the link posted is already dead.
hey can anyone tell me where can i get the firmware updtates.

thanks in advance
kuljeet


Comments posted by kuljeet from Other, August 23, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





Hi Guys
All media seems to be wroking now - I think the problem may actually be with software The Princo DVD-R x1 burn at x2 in the Iomega drive, and Iomega sent me a firmware update (from 1.20 to 1.21) i stand corrected - the problem may have been the software third party NOT the DVD burner
Anyway Happy Burning!!!


Comments posted by Con Bourlioufas from Other, August 21, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I've used Shintaro (Princo) DVD-R's here in Australia, according to the box the blanks come in they're 1x, my Iomega Dual DVD writes at 2.1x, with no probems either.

BTW the firmware upgrade link above doesn't work, got any more leads as I want region free ;)


Comments posted by Alan William Henery from Other, August 19, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I bought this because the price was right.I tried Princo.No good.I have used and am still using Verbatim +and- rw and have tried -r all work great.Hope to keep on using them.Try to find CloneDVd and run it in conjunction with AnyDvd works good especially with AnyDvd.


Comments posted by Sid from Other, August 18, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Well Princo 4x dont work 9sold as Shintaro in Australia) and neither do RitekG04 (sold as datasrtream 4x)!!!


Comments posted by Con from Other, August 17, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





CD/DVD reading seems little slow, but with cheap price can't get the best. I tried record to PRINCO 1-4X DVD-R, but Iomega DVD-drive jammed (Had to restart windows to drive work again). MAXELL and SONY dvd-r discs have recorded well. Could somebody else also try PRINCO dvd-r too to find out compatibility with the drive better?


Comments posted by Leino from Other, August 17, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





This burner does not burn at 4 SPEED - All software including Windows XP say the maximum burning speed is x2 for DVD-R and DVD+R!!
DONT BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Iomega wont even give you and SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Comments posted by Con from Other, August 15, 2003. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





This is a NEC 1300A clone.
Use this link to download a hacked firmware to make the drive take cheap dvdmedia like Bulkdvd 4x and Fortis. The hack also makes the drive regionfree http://212.203.28.251/105xpfree.rar


Comments posted by Linuxx from Other, July 18, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Very very good quality/price.
I just have troubles using a Verbatim DVD+RW certified 2.4x ... It worked once, then I wasn't able to record/erase or format it anymore. I tried 3 different Verbatim DVD+RW discs with no success.
Maybe a future firmware update will fix this problem (I hope).
Other formats (DVD-RW -R +R) and other marks works correctly.
I'd like to test a DVD+R 4x but there aren't at the moment.


Comments posted by Crystal Symo from Other, July 16, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I got this drive for 289Eur here in Portugal, after getting undecided between this and TDK 440N and Sony 510A.
The price is what gave it away.
The TDK was up for 400eur, and the Sony for 439eur.
This drive was 110eur cheaper and it is the same drive as TDK.
It's based on NEC 1300A.
I really like it, I even placed some Media reviews on this site as well.

Just to end this, here is the review on which I decided to go for this drive:
http://www.hardwarezoom.com/viewcontent.jsp?ReviewID=153&PageNo=1


Comments posted by Miguel Marques from Other, July 08, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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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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