Mad Dog Megastor MD-16XDVD9-EXT DVD Writer

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Mad Dog Megastor MD-16XDVD9-EXT

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$150 8.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Had no problems with several different 8x DVD's for over a year. Then tried a 16x no-name and Sony DVD-R. Could not get them to work. Did a firmware upgrade from 2F2 (out of the box) to the latest I could find which was 2FD. It's 2 years old but it worked. I am now burning 16x Sony and TDK DVD-R.

Came bundled with Nero 6.3.X suite. Still working for me.

Never tried a DL blank. One look at the prices and there is nothing I have done so far that would make me choose those expensive blanks.

Comments posted by IGarcia from United States, June 10, 2007. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Bought an emprex 8x internal last year and it has done pretty good up till now with minimal complaints, but i was in the market for a new dvd burner and wanted an external unit. I am a heavy user, i burn maybe 15 movies per week, sometimes more.

I have thrown every type of blank disk at this burner from top of the line name brands to cheapies and it burns fast and well, so far I have made 25 movies with one coaster and that coaster was my fault. I have ripped and burned movies in as fast as 27 minutes and as slow as one hour, do get the firmware upgrade (live update) and make sure you have usb 2.0 if not it is terribly slow going.

But so far i am completely pleased for what i paid for it which was $119 on clearance at office depot, and it was reading these reviews on this forum that made me want this drive, as someone else put it on here, this dvd burner does make more compatible dvd's than any other burner i have used, and i have used several from emprex to HP burners.

So far I am really happy, even though I have only had the drive for a week....

Comments posted by calibrak from United States, May 10, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have had mine for a month, and quite frankly at first I thought it was junk. But I had a friend take it home over a weekend, to see if he could make it work. It took me almost a week to get it back because he loved it so much. I didn't have any problems recording CD's, in fact it recorded great. I first had problems with DVD's.

Well it turned out that it was me, not the device. After reading this forum and educating myself, I was able to get it working just fine. I am truely able to enjoy it now.

Operating System: XP Home, 1.8Ghz

Capture Card: ATI Wonder Pro

Software: Nero 6 Ultra Edition.

Comments posted by Retired Grunt from United States, April 04, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Bought at Compusa in December "04". After rebate (which I still have not received) it was $99. Have windows XP home. Have burned about 200 dvd's. Have had some dvd coasters (about 10) but mostly with cheaper media such as princo. Almost no problems with memorex +RW, TDK +R, teon -R. Most of the problems (coasters) occurred while burning cd's. Was probably the media (optima 32x). For every 1 successful -- 1 bad. Can't complain for the price.

Comments posted by Willy from United States, March 24, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Sony is literally infinitely better. I have a DRU500A and a Mad Dog dual layer thing , USB 2.0 new to last christmas. It cannot see an endless list of media. I have Teon, nope, Verbatim brand new 8X DVD-r, no, can't even see top of the live Sony DVD-r 8X dvd's. This thing is a piece of defication and I really REALLY wish I had thrown anoth $50 into it to get a second SONY.
DO NOT BUY MAD DOG. They do not take the time to make sure the code is written to work with XP home or XP pro. Some say it works with windows 2000. Whhoopdee doo. Hardware designed to work with one operating system version will not be around long. I got RIPPED off. Mad dog by the way does not return calls, or emails.

Comments posted by Ted from United States, March 07, 2005. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

I have problem burning to compusa 2x DVD-R, with windows XP, but it burn fine with Windows 2000 pro.

Look like it has compatibility issue with XP! Most likely is the ALi USB mass storage chip set.

Comments posted by singsing from United States, February 20, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Burns DVD -R fine with 4X media but errors out with 2X media (both from Comp-USA) Latest firmware installed and latest Nero versions.

Comments posted by DocBruce from United States, February 11, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

This is a superb drive. Seems as if enphasis is on speed and compatabibility. This drive has the ability to make DVD+Rs/RWs playable on more DVD players than a regular DVD writer would be able to do.

Comments posted by Norberto from United States, January 11, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Great unit, so far. No coasters. Easily copies disc-to-disc. Under $100 from chain retailer, with rebate.

Comments posted by Maria from United States, December 30, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Burns fine at 4X on Fuji 8X rated DVD-R (074101752687) using DVD Shrink 3.2/Nero 6. But I get errors when buring at 2X on the same media using the same software.

Using the 16XDVD9_FW_2FA.exe firmware on this 16X Mad Dog drive.

Comments posted by iyerusa from United States, December 18, 2004. Rated this writer 8 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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