Samsung SH-W08A DVD Writer

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Samsung SH-W08A

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$150 6.4/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (TDK.....003) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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Using fujifilm T02 +r 8x media, (media burns at 16x on NEC ND-3500) most burns with this drive had errors at 8x. After reading all the comments and realizing the bottom line: "this drive does not work as advertised" I rma'd to samsung. They are sending me another drive of the same model, much to my chagrin. Tier2 support at 1-800-samsung said he was not authorized to send me a different model. I asked him if I should eat the drive if it gives me the same problems. I also pointed out the drive has been discontinued. Avoid Samsung optical drives! Get NEC or Lite-on instead!!

Comments posted by rick from United States, February 10, 2005. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

This burner worked like a dream under windows me using dvdshrink I could backup everything with dvd-r,dvd+r But under windows xp nothing but trouble even after upgrading the firmware

Comments posted by Malcolm from Australia, November 16, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Since my last post, I have burned a number of DVd's in both +R and -R formats. The issue seems to be one of speed. Burning at the the lower (2.4x) speed produced flawless results while the 4x and 8x were less predictable - evem with 8x +R Verbatim and TDK blanks. Will try the firmware upgrade mentioned below.

Comments posted by Norm from United States, July 31, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

First two -Rs went down in flames... Updated the firmware with Toshiba's update utility... (Yes, it's a toshiba drive by blood, only Samsung in name.) Has burned -Rs fine since. Older players don't like the authored discs, but 2nd gen players with more powerful readers seem to have a better time with it...

Comments posted by Matt Blecha from United States, July 15, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Initially bought this because it was cheap ($99) and would burn both media types at 8X. Used cheap -R disks and burned garbage, but as listed below, burned Verbatim +R and TDK +R with movies that played flawlessly on my Toshiba. If it holds up as well as my Samsung HD did, I will be a happy camper. Will try the cheap +R and report back.

Comments posted by Norm from United States, June 03, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Well, I finally ran into some issues, if you search Samsung's website for troubleshooting, it a note under the information on specs it read "Note- Does not support DVD-R for Authoring." So much for a Dual format burner! All of the DVD-R backups I made had some sort of glitches, none of which occurred when I used the Pioneer A07 model at work. The Samsung would rip dvds and burn on DVD+R 8x with no problems at all. I am taking this thing back to Micro Center and picking up a Pioneer A07!

Comments posted by gabbysdad from United States, May 08, 2004. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

Picked this burner up at local Micro Center store, for $99, and was able to burn 8x Verbatim dvds instantly. Using a no name cheapo DVD-R purchased from, I have had several problems with DVD playback on my home players (Cyberhome 500, Initial IDM-1731) and also on my Pioneer A-05 player at work.
Found out after hours of searching on Samsung website that they do not recommend DVD-R for authoring, and specific media types should only be used (TDK, Ritek, Panasonic, Verbatim).
Other than these problems, the player/burner is great. If I can get it to rip and burn DVDs, then it would have a rating of 10. BTW - MP3 ripping is quick also!

Comments posted by gabbysdad from United States, May 07, 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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