Pacific Digital U-30182 4x Internal DVD±RW DVD Writer

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Pacific Digital U-30182 4x Internal DVD±RW

NEC, Accesstek or BTC
Chipset:NEC, Sanyo or Mediatek
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$150 5.8/10
13 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 2.4xDVD+RW (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Linkyo 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Piodata 4xDVD-R (GSC002......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Ritek 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Yamakawa 4xDVD-R (DKMZ01......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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I bought it from in April04 $75 after rebate. Not any particular problem burning CDs. Once I bought 100DVD-R from I could not use any of them in this burner (they worked on other burner). Later, bought 100 DVD-RW (Cheap, no writing on top). They worked nice. But speed was 2.4x . That's re-writing speed for this drive. Recently I bought LinkYo 8x DVD+R. I am getting same 2.4x speed in both Nero and Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.0.

My drive is shown as, 'GENERIC DVD DUAL 4xMax'. I had firmware version 2.17. After searching a lot I found this page which helped me. I upgraded to 2.60. Still, 2.4x speed for LinkYo. I do not remember burning at 4x ever. Well, havn't tried too many types of DVDs either. One more thing, after changing to 2.60, Nero does not eject the disk after burning (When I click 'Done' button) & it freezes. I have to press Eject button on DVD drive to eject the disk. It also un-freezes Nero. I burnt only DVD Movie Disk from .Vob files with Nero. Roxio does not show similar problem (Burnt only couple of Data Dvd).

I am happy about the success in burning CD/DVD. But 2.4x speed is disappointing. May be expensive/HiQlty DVDs will give 4x speed.

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

Had trouble reading the burnt discs on any other drive. After I installed the latest firmware, everything was peachy. There are several different drives, and mine was the BTC DRW 1004IM. Get the newest firmware here:

Comments posted by fuadramsey from United States, June 22, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I like my burner so far, Haven't burned much but have used Nero 6 Ultra and DVD X Copy.
My Burner is an Optorite DD0201. I was able to flash the firmware to the latest 2.60

Got the Firmware from here:

To identify your burner, supposedly this is true:

"If the serial starts with an "I" and the model number on the box ends in "RV1" it is an Optorite DD0203/Optorite DD0201.

If the serial starts with a "3" and the model number on the box ends in "RV2" it is an NEC 1300a.

If the serial starts with a "P" and the model number on the box ends in "RV3" it is an BTC DRW 1004IM.

I know the info about Optorite serials to be true.

I am unsure if I used the "I" or "E" version of the Firmware but it will not allow you to install the wrong one.

Hope this helps you guys.

Comments posted by KV from United States, May 06, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

From what I read it seems it's hard to find a firmware update. From the forum I learnt I have an Optorite burner so I will paste the link Pacific Digital gave me for 2.30E firmware update!!!Hope this works since it's just a download link.
read instructions...the update happens in windows!

Comments posted by Dylan from Canada, February 29, 2004. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

Well that drive did sux when I bought it, couldnt even rip a DVD with it, lotta errors. I did update firmware, didnt know neither. SO I did wait till another update, updated to 048, and now it does work fine. Recommended to anyone who bought it later than me, else it did sucks bad for you as well.

Comments posted by faboloso from Canada, February 16, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

When I first bought this, brought it home, and read up about it (sale didn't mention names) I found out it was a BTC and almost returned it on the spot. I have another BTC CDRW that I don't care for. However, I installed it, and burned through like 10 CDR's with no problem, however, it only burned at 8x. The box states it's 16x for CDR's. I was about to return it, when I decided to take the advice here, and update the firmware to the 047 version. Now, it's burning them at 26x+. I havent written any DVD's yet, so it's still up in the air, but if you have the BTC and it's writing slowly, do the update, it might actually fix the problem with the slow writing.

Comments posted by TheDoc from Other, December 28, 2003. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Terrible drive. Wont backup my XBOX images like my sony dvd burner did. I have tried 4 differnet DVD-R media and so far nothing has worked. I got the new Sony again and everything is working just fine finally. This drive is cheap and has no support on the website. DO NOT BUY!!!

Comments posted by Rick from Other, December 26, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

From the info in Paya's post, it looks like I have the Optorite drive. Nero Info Tool says 8MB buffer and firmware version 2.17, same as most of the others here. No problems at all with the install, it was recognized without a problem. I haven't installed any of the software that came with it since I already had Nero to use. I have used Imation 2x DVD-R's and Memorex 4x DVD-R's without a problem.

Comments posted by goz from Other, December 16, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.


Thanks for the advice, ill check that out! I sent pacific digital an e-mail and they said to use Leda Media! So ill try that as well. Other than it not playing in my Apex 1201 I have not had any problems. I have burnt maybe 10-20 disk with no coasters. I have not tried CD-R nor VCD's so cannot advise on that. thanks )(ellion

Comments posted by )(ellion from Other, December 04, 2003. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

)(ellion: take out your drive or look at the box of your drive and find the serial number...

Taken from JoeFoster of FatWallet:
If the serial starts with an "I" and the model number on the box ends in "RV1" it is an Optorite.
If the serial starts with a "3" and the model number on the box ends in "RV2" it is an NEC.
If the serial starts with a "P" and the model number on the box ends in "RV3" it is an BTC.
The Optorite is the DD0201 and the NEC is the 1300A. Hopefully you have one of these two, because they are both very good drives. Anyway, start from here, find the REAL drive u have (not pacific digital, because they dont manufacture the drive), then find support on that specific drive, whether it be optorite, nec, or btc. hope this helps

Comments posted by Paya from Other, December 02, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

I have used same media, same computer, same software, same DVD-Player(Apex AD-1201) only thing not the same is burner. Using Pacific Digtal with Ritek and Imation (purple bottoms) the disk do not play on DVD player, using Sony all is well on both media. Not sure where to point the finger but only way i can get DVD's to play is to burn on TDK DVD-RW (blue bottom). Thoughts?

Comments posted by )(ellion from Other, December 02, 2003. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Sparticle, i have the same drive that you have. 2.17 firmware, 8mb buffer (according to Nero InfoTool).) Bought it at Staples on their Black Friday 11/28 sale too. Ummmmmmm, i thought i was buying a NEC-1300A, but not so sure after seeing the firmware version. Maybe theres a way to figure out exactly which drive(s) that this U-30182 can be...

I've burned one DVD-R using KHypermedias with the purple bottom, skipped a lot in my Pioneer DVR-343, but worked flawlessly on my PS2...hrm...

Comments posted by Paya from Other, December 02, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

I got it at Staples on the after Thanksgiving Day sale. It was easy setting it up. Burns perfectly with DVDXCopy with DVDPro DVDs that play fine on my old-school Apex DVD player. No trouble so far. I recommend it!

Comments posted by Ben from Other, December 01, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Just got one from Staples 11/28 morning sales. It is a generic brand with model numbers ending DD0201??. Nero 6 shows firmware v 2.17??
8mb buffer?? I think i got myself an optorite drive. Is anyone having the same model numbers. I paid $82 after rebates and $20 gift card. I am using memorex dvd+r disc without any problem so far.

Comments posted by Sparticle from Other, November 28, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

I would ignor the first comment about it not having roxio, that person must have not realized it was on a yellow Pacific Digital disc with the word roxio on the bottom, must be new to computers I guess. Any how, this dvd burner works pretty good for the price I paid $90 after rebates. The only problem I am having so far is with the DVD+R format discs with red bottoms after being burned don't seem to read well with other dvd players, including dvd rom drives when you create dvd video discs; however these red discs work well as data dvds. I notice that the DVD+RWs read fine with my dvd player and dvd rom drive, I believe it might have to do with the bluish-silver bottom.

Comments posted by Technofox from Other, November 27, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Disappointing! I bough it at Costco and I will bring it back now for refund.
- Installation guide is poor, Roxio SW is supposed to be in the box but is NOT!! Parasitic sound when plays DVDs, no sound when playing 1 DVD, no driver update on Pacific Digital web site, DVD player WIN DVD4 software requires a SN not given! So you cannot install it, was slow to burn a little video file. I called the tech support but was unable to get someone. I left a message and nobody returned the call in 2 days.

My advice: Don't buy Pacific Digital.

Comments posted by patrick from Other, November 23, 2003. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

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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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