Sony AW-G170A / DRU-170C DVD Writer

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Sony AW-G170A / DRU-170C


OEM:
Sony Optiarc
Chipset:NEC
48xCDR CAV
32xCDRW ZCLV
18xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
8xDVD-RDL ZCLV
18xDVD+R CAV
8xDVD+RW ZCLV
8xDVD+RDL ZCLV
12xDVD-RAM PCAV
BD-R
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BD-R DL
BD-RE DL
HDDVD-R
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HDDVD-RDL
HDDVD-RWDL
HDDVD-RAM
48xCD
16xDVD
BDROM
HDDVD
EIDE, 2MB
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$40 6.4/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BenQ 8xDVD-R (DAXON008S...) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...S04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 X-Data 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Comments posted by mh2360 from United Kingdom, May 05, 2007. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I've got 2 of these in one of my PCs and they both work very well. A friend of mine also has one and she's not so happy, I think she needs to get a Firmware Update, but can't find it.


Comments posted by Bob from Australia, April 22, 2007. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





i have 3 of these drives no problems at all better write speeds than pioneer 112 no coasters with any media new firmware 173 on sony site


Comments posted by mb from United Kingdom, March 19, 2007. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Did have a problem with this burner,it would`nt share the cable, worked ok as a single drive but not with any dvd rom, finally sorted it by changing it`s position on the IDE cable to the middle connector also swapped the master/slave relationship made the burner the slave,strange I know but now it works brilliantely.


Comments posted by John from United Kingdom, January 09, 2007. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





Problem with writer or writer lot replaced 3 writer which is not accessing at all. Finally fourth one is working God knows for how many days.


Comments posted by megamax from India, December 07, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





I believe that there is a problem with some of these DVD writers. 2 buyers on ebay have complained that there drives are not working as they should be.


Comments posted by Tony from United Kingdom, November 14, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= 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.


Connection
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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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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