Iomega Super DVD Writer 4x All-Format Internal DVD Writer

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Iomega Super DVD Writer 4x All-Format Internal

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$200 7.9/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 eProformance (epro) 2.4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 StarLogic 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I got this burner a few months ago, and with the exception of the shoddy software it comes with, and the slow burning sppeds i get in Nero (2x), I can't complain too much. It burns anything you throw at it. There's a firmware update buried on Iomega's site for it too, although after running it, I noticed no differences.

Comments posted by youarestoopud from United States, February 21, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Need to hack the region code so I can use both 1 and 2 regions. Any advice?

Comments posted by ee from United States, January 23, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Follow-up on my previous comments ...

I burned 45+ more Ritek G04's and didn't have any more coasters. I'm willing to chalk up my previous Ritek G04 coasters to a bad batch. (The newer Riteks I burned have the silver matte top with "RIDATA" on the hub, the previous ones had the high-gloss silver top without any branding at all).

I still feel that this drive is a bit more sensitive to less-than-perfect media than some other drives. But the unit is attractively priced and has the DVD-RAM feature. Perhaps Iomega will introduce another firmware upgrade that will help, and improve the awful Hotburn software (use Nero!).

Comments posted by Bill from United States, January 18, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

i just got this drive off of tiger, and it seems to be pretty good i had an iomagic 4d and it ran just fine untill the 5-10 minutes of a dvd it didn't what kind it would start pausing, well with the iomega i have to burn a coaster and i am very please and by the way i was using khpermedia. dvd+r on the iomagic. And am using memorex dvd - r. thank-you

Comments posted by mark w. chaffin sr. from Other, January 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Just got this drive becase I got a Panasonic desktop writer which supports only RAM. It works great for this kind of money. Burning is smooth in Nero, DVD X copy, MyDVD. I have never tried the hotburn.

It would be nice if it can take RAM with caddy just like the desktop that I have for disk protection.

Comments posted by jervis from Other, January 09, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

To Keith

I have Fujifilm DVD+RW (RicohJPN W01) and Verbatim DVD+RW(The one come with the driver). They both work.

To Bill
I have Ritek 4x too and burned around 15 disc with no coasters.

The software I use is Instant DVD+CD
P4 2.8G 1G Ram WinXP Pro.

Comments posted by Fox from Other, January 08, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

While I have the external version of this drive, I think that mechanically the basic drive is the same. I've also noticed some of the same issues mentioned here. Please see my comments at:

Comments posted by Bill from Other, December 28, 2003. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

Thanks for Fox's advice! I have tried burning DVD+R using Hotburn (at 4x speed) and was successful. I think the major problem of Hotburn is that it only works with DVD+R (not DVD-R) but only specify this limitation in their support page.

However, I still cannot find a single brand DVD+RW that can work with the 'Super Drive'.

I think it is fair to mark up this drive a little bit (average mark under my 4 posts would be about 6).

Comments posted by Keith from Other, December 28, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I have no problem with 4X dvd so far.(tryed TDK +R made by RICOH & PC Club -R disc made by RITEK)
I heard some 4X DVD doesn't really write at 4X speed?
Also early version of nero 6 had a lot of problem.
upgrade the software.

To Keith
I think you got a bad DVD writer.
I have tried the HOT burn without problem.
Can you exchange another one.

Comments posted by Fox from Other, December 27, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Recieved this as an early Christmas present. Did a bunch of research on which one to buy. After comparing price and flexability I bought the Iomega Super DVD Writer. Bought it from iomega's web site for $125.00 after rebates. I have never installed the software it comes with, I use Nero 6 now. Made a data disk with a dvd+wr disk and some movies on dvd-r. Everything seems to be ok with these burns. The only thing I don't understand is that Nero will burn the dvd-r disks at 2x when the media and recorder is rated at 4x. Maybe I should use a different media. Used Memeorex dvd-r rated at 4x.

Comments posted by Stan V from Other, December 18, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Some additional information over my previous comments:

After several unsuccessful try using the Hotburn, I determined to try other software. Firstly I format a DVD-RAM using WinXP FAT32 directly. It was successful, and I can write / read over 3 GB data. Then I tried myDVD and burn some mpeg video to a DVD+R and also a DVD-R. No coasters! I also took the previously corrupted DVD+RW to a friend and tried on his (Sony) burner. He could burn both disks without problem. He put some files on the disks (also gave me another branded DVD+RW for testing) and I took them back to the Super drive. Guest what? I can read the files on all the disks, but unable to write / erase /format any one of them using Hotburn.

It seems that the Super Drive has major problem using Hotburn. However, I have tried another data burning software from Veritas but it could not recognize the Super Drive. I am not sure if Nero can support this new drive or not. But I still cannot burn a single 'data DVD' for archiving my JPG photoes.

(I have marked up the rating a bit on this post so that the overall average rating from my 3 posts would be at about 5).

Comments posted by Keith from Other, December 12, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I have never tried to use the bundled software on this burner. I suggest Nero for burning. The money you'll save by buying this product is enough justification to go get a "real burner software". :)

Comments posted by Tom from Other, December 12, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

Some follow-on with my previous comments :

After the unsuccessful buring with DVD+RW, I then tried burning a DVD-R disk using Hotburn (with about 3.2 GB data). The process completed successfully. However, when I review the DVD-R disk (using the Super DVD drive), only a small portion of files could be found. The disk 'property' showed that the disk has 3.2 GB of data (on an UDF file system), but under the Windows (XP) Explorer, the files shown only add up to about 22 MB. Other files just disappeared! I then read the same disk on another machine with DVD/CDRW combo drive. In this case, NO FILES can be read and the drive simply cannot recognize the disk! I tried burning another DVD-R disk using the 'ISO image' method again and the same thing happened (exactly the same : the same files found on the burned disk and other files disappeared).

Comments posted by Keith from Hong Kong from Other, December 09, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Originally I have much expectation on this drive. I have been using an Iomega external CD-RW drive for some time and thus I think it would be safe to upgrade with the same vendor.
What disappointed me is that the drive cannot work with its bundled DVD+RW. Formatting a disk with the Hotburn software took about 70 minutes, afterwards the verifying process did not end (after 6 hours!) There was no way to terminate the Hotburn, except by the Ctrl-Alt-Del (task manager of XP).
I tried again by buying another DVD+RW disk (dearest one), hoping that it was only the media problem. However, I was disappointed again after over 90 minutes (verifying ...).
Did I stop here? No, I update the firmware, upgrade the Hotburn with latest patches, stop the anti-virus softare ... Tried again and disappointed again ...
Still struggling ...

Comments posted by Keith from Hong Kong from Other, December 08, 2003. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

Oh man, I love this DVD writer! It does all know DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW (not a disappointment like my hp writer dvd300i...only does like 2 formats, or some skimpy crap). Very reliable, no coasters yet and I'm throwing the cheapest discs at it.
Straight up, Iomega is back! And the price is great! I love it! I bought it after getting home with my hp writer and all these discs I bought and then discovered I couldn't use (DVD-R). Now, I'm using all those discs...what can I say? I'm very pleased!

Comments posted by Greg Spears from Other, November 28, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Iomega is back! After making bunch of lame products they are back strong with this awesome burner. No problem burning. Burned disks are highly compatible unlike my previous burner.

Comments posted by Tom from Other, November 05, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

One word to say this "super"

Comments posted by Fox from Other, November 01, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

same as LG GMA-4040B?
it's very good!

Comments posted by rex from Other, July 04, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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= 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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