Sony DW-D18A DVD Writer

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Sony DW-D18A

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$100 4.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 JVC 8xDVD-R (MJC ME......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 M-Media 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This Writer is the same like the LiteON SOHW 832S or the Sony DRU 700A.

You must only patch the right Firmware and the Quality ist much better.

Comments posted by Kellerparty from Germany, May 22, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

This drive sucks, I have the same problems like a lot of people, I burned Ridata 8X -R/+R on this, but always at 4X because when you set it at 8X either the disc started burning at 5X real speed or something or it was unreadable.

Now, I can't even read my DVDs, just a couple. I burned 300-320 DVDs with this.

Comments posted by Angel Sánchez from Dominican Republic, December 03, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I'm also having problems with this Sony Drive. I've not confirmed 100% that it is the recorder but it does appear to be very tempermental. Writing to DataSafe 4x DVD-Rs was OK providing use recorded at 4x. Recording at any other speed caused films to freeze at towards end.

Now trying some new media - DataWrite Blue - won't play at all in my Players.

Comments posted by David from United Kingdom, September 28, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I have had mine about 3 months. It is starting to act up. I can write DVD's But can't write CD's. Sony doesn't support this drive, that I can tell. They have now info at the Sony Storage Web Site about this drive. It worked great for several months though.

Comments posted by Davis from Philippines, February 11, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

this burner is starting to crap out on me. Had this burner for 3 months now, burned roughly 200 dvd so far, initially working flawless on ritek g04 at 4x speed. last 20 dvds, it is giving me freezes, pauses when playing dvd on my samsung dvd player. Switch to better media, maxell dvd-r 8x made in japan, still problems, try verbatim, problems. time for a new burner.

Comments posted by John from United States, January 07, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

This product is suck.......It's very bad to sale a inferior product under SONY name. Please boycott, don't ever buy a drive under SONY name again

Comments posted by dan vuong from United States, December 12, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

This is a piece of crap.
The unit had to be replaced in less than a month.
At first it works ok.. then it slowly starts to fail until it screws every disc you try to burn, even Verbatim or Ridata. Worst of all.. nero will tell you the disc was burned succesfully and then when you try to play it on your DVD player it will start to freez by the end of the movie.
Don´t throw away your money. Buy a Pioneer or a Plextor if you can afford it.

Comments posted by Demian from Argentina, December 02, 2004. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

It works very good for me.
I have burned all sorts of brands: Ridata, Princo, Imation, Verbatim, Generic / Unbranded. And in both 4x and 8x without any problem
DVD´s play ok on about 20 different DVD players.
My setup is an Athlon 1,2Ghz w/ 256MB Ram and Windows Xp.
All dvd´s were created with Nero 6.3. It takes about 15:20 Min at 4x and 9:20 at 8x.
I normally burn around 5 to 10 copies a day.
Hope this helps!

Comments posted by Demian from Argentina, November 17, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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= 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)

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