NEC ND-1000A DVD Writer
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1 AVB 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BeAll 2.4xDVD+R (BEALL P0001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 2.4xDVD+R (PRODISC.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP2) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Generation 2 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Eurovision 8xDVD+R (Plasmon1C01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 2.4xDVD+RW (...........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Kodak 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Nashua 2.4xDVD+R (DATATRAK001) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Packard Bell 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MCC.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I bought this NEC ND1000a 2.4X drive several years ago, labeled as a Verbatim (VBTDVRW1A) and burned about 25 cheap "GQ Great Quality" brand (2.4X-4X) DVDs with it. Recently, I upgraded the firmware with hacked firmware that I found at http://herrie.org. That firmware has enabled me to flawlessly burn about 100 cheap "GQ Great Quality" brand (8X) DVD+Rs at 4X speed, even though the drive was originally only a 2.4X drive!
I only downloaded the hacked firmware because 2.4X DVD+Rs are getting hard to come by and I wasn't sure if the old firmware would be compatible with newer 8X DVD+Rs. Many of the 8X disc makers have warning labels saying that 2.4X drives may not be able to write 8X discs. (Neither NEC nor Verbatim provide firmware anymore.) It was a great bonus to be able to write at 4X speed. I'll be donating a couple bucks to Herrie via PayPal for the awesome work. Herrie claims that the firmware also enables use with DVD-Rs, but I haven't tried that.
The installation of the firmware is for hard core computer users. There is no simple executable with a graphical user interface. The installation is DOS-based, and you can't just use the DOS emulator in Windows. You have to create a DOS boot floppy. (In Windows XP, you can do by inserting a floppy disk, right-clicking your floppy icon, and selecting the "Create DOS Boot Disk" option.) Then you have to put the hacked firmware and the NEC1x00a flash utility (also found on herrie's site) on that floppy disc. Then you have to reboot the computer into the DOS floppy disc, and execute to flash utililty with the specified command line prompts. I'm pretty hard core, but I found that a bit scary. But it worked like a charm, and now I'm burning cheap 8X DVDs at 4X (15 minutes) intead of 2.4X (25 minutes).
Comments posted by Razz from United States, June 28, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Click the above link, only £99 in the UK
Comments posted by libcap from Other, June 13, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.
I've had this writer for 3 months now and burned well over 100 DVDs with it. I had a few problems with cheap DVDRW media but it's fine when you use decent ones. Everything I've burned plays 100% in my Pioneer DVD players (DV444 & DV350) using DVD Decrypter to rip, dvd2one to rehash and Nero to burn.
Who needs dual format? :)
Comments posted by Adam from Other, June 09, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
>Zone,try something like musicmatch jukebox or Nero for burning data >discs, uninstal Verbatim Producer 1st though.If it corrupts files, >the only thing that can carrupt a file is a virus, run a virus test >at http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp
It's not the software which causes it to crash. I did not even get to install any software for the drive. The crash happens when Windows is scanning the hardware looking for new devices. Any time a computer crashes it can corrupt files if it happens while the computer is writing files. When I disconnect the drive the crash stops happening.
Comments posted by Zone from Other, June 08, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.
Zone,try something like musicmatch jukebox or Nero for burning data discs, uninstal Verbatim Producer 1st though.If it corrupts files, the only thing that can carrupt a file is a virus, run a virus test at http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp
Comments posted by .. from Other, June 08, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.
I got this drive at Fry's packaged as a Verbatim Producer. It causes Windows 2000 to crash and corrupt files. I'm returning it tomorrow.
Comments posted by zone from Other, June 08, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.
Just another thing, if you have loads of MP3's & have a cyberhome DVD player this is a good combination.Fill it up with MP3's (you will get about 80 hours worth on one 4.7GB disc at 128k!!)Stick it in you Cyberhome DVD player & you would spend about 3.5 days listening to the music start to finish).Just remember the Cyberhome DVD player will not play if the disc has over a thousand tracks on the disc, so maybe convert a few to ALBW before burning.My other two players the Toshiba & Philips DVD880 will not exept MP3's on DVD discs, only on 700mb CDR's - get burning now!!!
Comments posted by muscarine from Other, June 07, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
I got this drive about 3 months back http://www.blankdiscshop.co.uk/, initialy just to back loads of zips & mp3 data discs that I have on cdr's & had no problems a all.Then tried ripping & burning DVD movies & started running into problems.I was using Clad Xp, VD2AV & Ulead DVD MovieFactory.I found I could only write to DVDRW+ discs & once only, kept getting loads of errors & gave up on the idea of using DVDR+ discs.I popped back to this site last week & read up on present DVD burning movie tools - Cracked it!!
Using CopyToDVD,DVD2one & VD Decrypter it worked with no problems whatsoever & have ripped & burned about 10 DVD movies onto DVDR+ discs (25 datawrite discs costing £29).It only takes about an hour on my PC (Athlon XP 1700) & they play back fine on my Philips DVD880, Cyberhome & my Toshiba SD-220E Dvd players, chapters & extras to.
Considering I payed £115, it not bad at all - seem them today in an email from a shop for £99.This is a good drive, though writing speeds are increasing this might seem a little slow at 2.2 speed, but for anyone on a budget this is a real bargain
**No drivers or software with it.Just installed it, booted it up & it worked fine
Comments posted by Muscarine from Other, June 07, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
Got this drive at OfficeMax for $150 after rebates. It was packaged as a CenDyne. I installed it, XP Home recognized it and away I went.
Have burned 6 DVD's with Pinnacle...worked perfect everytime.
I'm very satisfied.
Comments posted by Gary from Other, June 02, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
YES, it is possible to change disk boot; you need to flash with firmware
HP DVD writer 300
all firmware on : "http://etna.rpc1.org/nec/"
and you can see sarah (and mine) contribution on
I have a mustek m560 and it play dvd+rw with
dvdrom book type
other way this writer is nice and cheap
i give only 9/10 because nec don't provide
firmware that can make possible to change book type
and to find it, i spend a lot of time on internet
to find what i need.
Comments posted by patrice from Other, May 30, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
I've got this drive, but have a question. Is there any way to set the compatability bit settings (see http://www.dvdplusrw.org) to set DVD+RW disc book type to DVD-ROM? My old Toshiba player will supposedly read RW discs marked as DVD-ROM, but I can't figure out how to set the book type, as it doesn't show in Nero, and the tools they have will not work.
Comments posted by Matt from Other, May 14, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.
Got this drive when I ordered it with my Dell Dimension 4550. Got it really cheap. Only an additional $80 USD to add it to my system. Found this great deal at techbargains.com
Comments posted by Charles from Other, May 04, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.
I bought this drive only because it was the cheapest on the market, fearing that I'd be disapointed. I was wrong ! This drive works just fine, it burnt about 20 DVD+R so far, and no coaster. I also rewrote about 30 times a DVD+RW which still reads perfectly on my Thomson DTH220.
Comments posted by viclio from Other, April 13, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Finally a product that works. No flaws. No coasters. Good workmanship went into this drive. No noise, reads, plays everything.
Packaged as a Verbatim Producer. Amazingly the drive will overwrite an RW with data already on it like a VCR would. No need to format but need to be carefull just like the tapes that you dont write over needed data.
Of the packages included, I only have use for Nero Express. I have Pinnacle Studio 8 and DVD Movie Factory so the other lesser programs bundled are not needed.
Drive works with DVD DeCrypter with no problems.
Instant Copy works perfectly.
I use Imation disks which works flawlessly with this drive. The +R disks look purple!
At 2.4x, it is fast enough for me. Glad I went with + technology.
Comments posted by Steven Singer from Other, April 12, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
This a very good burner. I paid £116 from Novatech in the UK.
For DVD backup I'm using, DVD Decryptor and Pinnacle Instant Copy. For Data bacukup I'm using Nero.
I have a pioneer DV-444 DVD player and its played everything I've burnt to date without any problems. I have used the following media without problems:
Datapaq DVD+R is strange as it burns OK, plays on my DVD player OK but I cannot view, copy or play it on the NEC writer.
Total write time for a full disk is ~ 23 minutes.
Comments posted by Richard from Other, April 07, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
This drive is also being sold under the same of Mirror (http://www.mirrorproducts.co.uk) DVD+ writer in Dixons Group stores, but it's just this drive OEM'd. If you get from Dixons, you'll get no instructions, no media, not even an IDE cable, but it work!! I've not always been lucky with hardware but under XP this thing installed first time without any problems, and burned CDR's, CDRW's, DVD+R's and DVD+RW#s flawlessly. Well worth thinking about.
Comments posted by Robert Berry from Other, March 30, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
What a great dvd burner this is!!! Got mine from Novatech in the UK for £116. Wasnt really too sure how well this thing would perform, lets just say yes there maybe better burners out there but for the money and quality i would seriously take this little baby into consideration.
Software i'm using as follows:
pinnacle instant copy
dvdxcopy (some good options like removing extra content hassle free etc....)
Comments posted by Nikko from Other, March 16, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
Just arrived in UK, bare drive for £116. Using Ahead Nero 5.5.10 and Norton Ghost 2003 (DVD support) and all works fine. Excellent price and managed to get DVD+RW disc for £3.33, so cheaper than 7 CD-Rs.
Comments posted by John from Other, March 16, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
got this drive for about 150.00 us delivered at my door. came with nero express and some video softeware by ahead software too. i love this drive. i have a small domain running with a file server. backedup my entire my documents and picture file over the 100M lan without a hitch!! great drive very happy!
Comments posted by ray from Other, February 27, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
Great dvd writer. Bought it at www.kmelektronik.de in nuernberg / germany. 229.00 euros (bulk version, without any software) is a bargain in Germany. Pinnacle Studio 8 and Nero 188.8.131.52 work fine. Davideo on DVD from G-Data as well. Needed to download an update for the drive at www.vob.de to recognize the NEC drive. Dreamt a long time about the Sony, now I am very happy with the NEC. More or less half price of the Sony.
Firmware is 1.01. I wonder where I can download an update (now or in future).
Comments posted by Hans from Other, February 01, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Got this DVD Writer about 2 months ago. Bought as "Verbatim DVD+ Producer." Works fantastic with Stomp Record Now Max and Nero. Have used various programs like DVD Workshop and Movie Factory with it. If you want the cheapest (in price) DVD Writer with reliability and quality go for this one.
Comments posted by Joey from Other, January 30, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
I had some problems what I should buy, DVD+ or DVD-. Since + media is going to be cheaper, and i got this writer for about 150$ i though what the hell. Burned about 20 dvds so far and everything is going well :) Think this writer is superb for the price :)
Comments posted by WeeR from Other, January 30, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Got this as a christmas present to self. It was a toss-up between the new Sony dual-format 500U. The NEC ND-1000A won due to price of the drive and the price of the media. At the time of writing (Jan 03) DVD-R is marginally cheaper than DVD+R - however, DVD+R can be written to at 2.4x speed. The slightly cheaper DVD-R media is 1x speed. Higer speed (2.4x and above) DVD-R is considerably more expensive than DVD+R.
If write speed is important and budget is a consideration then this drive will not disappoint. If budget is not a consideration then go with the Sony 500U.
The NEC ND-1000A is also packaged by Verbatim (VBTDVRW1A) and sold as the Verbatim Producer+
My experience, to date, in using this drive has been very good. Not a single coaster yet - using Verbatim, Fuji and Maxell media.
Comments posted by Michael Litchfield from Other, January 12, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.
I just use a couple of day, everything is OK and the selling price is quite attractive.
Comments posted by Dennis from Other, December 27, 2002. Rated this writer 7 of 10.
I also use it with RecordNow Max and observed no problems writing DVD+R or +RW.
In my computer this device is the primary-slave. May be, this is the reason that I have strange effects in Windows-Explorer sometimes.
Futhermore the DVD-bitsetting tool does not work with this writer (may be in future versions).
Comments posted by orchidee from Other, December 16, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
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Original Equipment Manufacturer.
The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.
Write support / Read support
DVD-R = Works
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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