Sony DW-D22A DVD Writer

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Sony DW-D22A

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$60 6.0/10
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1 Aone 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AVB 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite (Printable) 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite Classic 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Edgetec 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Esa 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD+R (POMSA0010R.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Taiyo Yuden 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Value Disc 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 8xDVD+R (MKM.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Windata 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I've had this drive for around 18 months. Its quirky with
DVD+ - RW media but other than that its worked ok for me.
(but I don't do alot of fancy stuff either)

I used cheapo nextech 8x dvd+R, Sony CD-R, Fujifilm DVD-R 8x.

The dw-D22a specs I have show write speed:
16x (DVD+R) / 8x (DVD-R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL) / 48x (CD-R)
Re-Write Speed:
24x (CD-RW) / 4x (DVD-RW) 4x (DVD+RW)
Buffer size: 2 MB
Interface: 66MB/s Ultra DMA66 ATAPI / E-IDE
Access Time: 135ms (DVD 16x); 140ms (CD 48x)

I have seen forums where this drive has been flashed with
DRU-710A firmware (rebadged LiteOn SOHW-1633s/1653s BYX5)
but you have to go thru alot of hoops to get it done, and
you run the risk of toasting your drive....


Comments posted by gmhagan from United States, April 09, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Had the drive for about a year. No problems until I tried to write to Memorex 16xDVD-R. Drive will not recognize! I updated the firmware from another author, but still no go. Looks like it's time to upgrade/change. Older, non dual layer Lite-On LDW-4115 writes to them just fine.

Comments posted by Jon from United States, March 04, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I've had this burner a number of months now and have burned a few hundred disks. I'm currently using it in an external firewire case. Had it in an external USB 2.0, but the supply went bad in the external case. Noting the comments about this burner not working with other software than Nero, I've had good luck burning with the resident burn engine in DVD Decrypter... with note that it often times out after writing leadin, but goes on fine after waiting a moment and doing a retry. As a note on Ridata disks with this unit; found problem with some of the Ridata disks themselves having poor quality control over the emulsion coating near the outer edge. Cut shrink back to 4.2Gb and the problems go away. TDK's work everytime, but drive won't recognize TDK DVD-R 16X disks. TDK DVD-R 8X's work superb with never a bad burn.

Comments posted by Doc from United States, February 07, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I've had this drive for more then a year now, I've burned upwards of 350 discs of varying brands/qualitys, and so far I've only had 1 coaster and that one was do to the software not the hardware. As far as programs it works with for me, unlike some fo the others only one burning program hasn't worked and thats the one that came with it(nti or something?). That includes in both windows and linux. Normaly I'm leary of any product that has anything to do with LiteOn(You have no idea how many drives I've had to replace for people) but this one is a thumbs up.

Comments posted by Douglas from United States, January 07, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

works after you've upgraded the firmware. here's the links to the upgrade utility and the firmware upgrade:



Comments posted by Walking_corpse from United Kingdom, November 26, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

The only reason that I have this burner is because it was a dirt cheap add on when I ordered my new PC.

1. It's fairly fast, burns 8x dvd-r's in about 8 minutes.
2. Handles branded media well

1. It's not supported by Sony. This is a real problem. Don't even bother calling Sony because the answer is 'It's an OEM drive, call the OEM' and the OEM will tell you to call Sony. Sony will NOT answer ANY questions about this drive.

2. It doesn't seem to want to recognize other burning software besides Nero. I've tried DVD Lab, DVD Santa, FireBurner, Alcohol 120% and the drive just won't burn with any of those programs. It came with NTI CD/DVD Maker and doesn't burn to that either. Works fine with Nero 6. I updated my ASPI layer with Force ASPI and still no joy in using other programs.

3. Seems to burn only 4.5 Gigs on a 4.7 gig DVD. Since Nero is the only software that seems to work I assume this is a software problem but I see no way to set Nero to the DVD's full capacity.

4. Don't EVEN think about useing cheapo media :)
(works fine with RIData Dvd's)

In conclusion, it's pretty fast and quiet but No Support is a Red Flag! If you can get this drive for like $30 US and all you need is Nero then you'll be real happy. But, if you need program versatility and full burning capacity then I suggest you get a Plextor. (which I just ordered and will use this drive as a second)

Athalon 3500+ /clawhammer
1 Gig DDR Ram
Winfast NF4 motherboard
XP Pro SP 1

Any input about getting this drive to work with other software or about where to get firmware updates please give me a shout.

Comments posted by Dano from United States, June 16, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

The low price is what attracted me! But it works, but the DW22 is squirrely. No problems installing the DW22 into a new Dell PC. Using standard burner software it burns well at 4X .After you burn a DVD it wont autostart and you have to eject/close restart the disc. All formats record no problem so I keep my complaining and pickyness to a minimum. Rated the Sony DW22 double duece an 8 because it's doing it's job!
Too bad about the future support issues, nobody wants to claim the bastard stepchild of burners.....ha ha ha...
Who knows, my DW22 may break next week or it may last for years.

Comments posted by Idol Hanz from United States, May 22, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have had this writer for 5 months now and have been using it almost every day. Have burned numerous blanks without any coasters. I used Moserbaer India DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW successfully. The only weird problem I faced was that some burns played only on my AKAI DVD-9000 player and not on the D22A after the burn! The bundled software such as Sonic MyDVD and Record Now DX as well as all InterVideo software word just fine.

Comments posted by rajasen from India, April 19, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

Have had this drive 2 months - was working very well for all types of media. Had a misfed disk last week - since then won't write dvd, wont't read or write cd format. Reads commercial dvd.

Win 2000/Nero say the drive's fine, it just chokes (loudly) and gives a speed calibration error report when burn is attempted.

Any suggests?

Comments posted by popsiq from Canada, April 04, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

This Drive is junk. Will play a DVD movie but will not recognize a data cd or dvd when first purchased it would burn dvd's sometimes but now it will not recognize any blank DVD's.

Comments posted by chevy from Canada, March 30, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I have been using no-name dvd+r I got on ebay as well as Memorex. In 3 week I have made over 25 burns, data as well as video. No coasters. I can't complain.

Comments posted by John Dapkus from United States, March 28, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Wow, this is a coaster drive. I bought a 100 pack of khypermedia 8x dvd+r's. Worked fine on a previous drive, does not work on this one.With nero 6, it says 8 minutes left, but the buffer jumps up and down, and it actually takes about an hour to burn 4 gigs.

Also, i would love to get firmware to fix this drive up. I just dont know which lite-on chipset it is based on.

Comments posted by Andrew Jackson from United States, March 14, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

Sony's DW D22A burner has performed great for me using AnyDVD, DVD Shrink 3.2, and the OEM Nero software package that came with the burner. I was using Maxell DVD+R 4x 4.7gb disks, all of my backups turned out great.

I attempted to use Memorex DVD+R 8x 4.7gb disks and 2 attempts produced coasters, the failure was in the burning part of the backup process, I really don't know why it happened (maybe the OEM Nero program is limited to 4x???, or is it the disks???), it did, so I discontinued using this media, went back to the Maxell's, re-burned the failures at 4x and have been making great backups since.

According to this site's info I found the compatability and support page for this unit and found the following DVD media to use: DVD-R 8x, DVD-RW 4x, 16x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 2.4x DVD+RDL.

Interesting, I used DVD+R 4x with no problems, DVD+R 8x had problems.I have not tried any other media.

The only gripe I have about this unit is how Sony doesn't support this OEM unit (made by LiteOn, chipset by MediaTek) so updates, upgrades or firmware revisions are not available directly thru Sony, but maybe thru LiteOn or MediaTek?

Comments posted by Joseph A Ramirez Sr from United States, March 07, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Purchased the DW-D22A from Dabs, installed it in a DELL PC. We use Imation DVD+RW x4 discs. The drive writes fine to a blank disc BUT will not erase it afterwards. If I erase the disc in a Pioneer 106 it will not write to it. The Sony motor hunts up and down and it sounds like the disc is not locked and is spinning on the spindle. When the motor/spindle stops you can hear what sounds like the disc skidding to a halt.
It writes CD-RWs fine and erases them and rewrites them.
It's going back. My get the Pioneer A09 instead.

Comments posted by David Brown from United Kingdom, February 26, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I purchased an OEM Sony DWD-22A recently and have not been able to successfully burn a DVD using DVD platinum Xcopy or DVD shrink 3.0. It gives a read error on both apps saying it cannot read the dvd. I've studied the reviews in this forum and several have been successful using various ware but they did not provide a lot of info on what software they were using. I have used memories on TV successfully which burns DVD's beautifully so it makes think this is a software problem. Does anyone have specifie recommendations on which DVD burning ware would work best with this Sony? thanks CCSenor

Comments posted by CCSenor from United States, February 17, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

been using for 3 wks now no problems to report except maybe the buffer on drive not as reliable.
i have the sony dru-700a and dw-d22a is considered a cheap clone of that.
dru700a performance and reliability definately better but dw-d22a cost me $50 less.
used memorex -r 4x and memorex +rw 2.4x and the burned media works well with my xbox and phillips dvd/divx player.

Comments posted by adeel from United States, February 17, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Creates problem while reading multisession -R disks. only
shows first session data. media used moserbaer +R 8X. Drive
seems ok but have to try with other media's. Anybody knows
if any new firmware is available for this drive ??????

Comments posted by Mrinal from India, February 14, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

Works fine for burning--using DVDfab for backups; double layer burning is more erratic. Burns onto every disk I've used, incluing verbatim, ritek and traxdata. Weirdly, though, it won't play back most of the the burned DVDs, though my Sony DVD player will play all burns.

Comments posted by maerhult from United Kingdom, February 11, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Tried Maxell DVD+R 8x, DVD-R 8x, Sony DVD-R - failed 6 out of 7 burns. Seems okay, but movies and Xbox DVD's don't work. Tried using Omnipatcher to allow lower (1x, 2x, 2.4x) burn speeds in BIOS. Still piece of garbage. Sadly, the $99 a year ago, piece-of-crap 'Best-Buy' Optirite worked better (although never burnt a single CDR properly).

Comments posted by Kevin from Canada, February 03, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I have a stack of old Ritek G03 2x DVD-Rs I am trying to burn through. The DW-D22A makes coasters nearly every time, using InterVideo DiscMaster2, RecordNow, or DVDDecrypt. Using the same media on a DRU-700A with any software produces fine results. Tried a cheapo Optodisk (Staples packaging) on the DW-D22A and made coasters 1 out of 5.

I have updated the firmware on the DW-D22A (actually a LiteOn 1633S) with no improvement. I will try other media, but if no improvement this drive is going back for a Pioneer.

Comments posted by Kaulike from United States, February 03, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Using this DVD Writer since 7 days, burnt 5 Dvds with
-R 4.7 gb capacity. This was mainly data, burning was very
smooth, it has taken 25 mins for the total compilation. Media
used is Edgetec, made by moser baer india.

Comments posted by Mrinal from India, February 02, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I've not had problems writing DVD-5s, SVCDs or CDs using the version of Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD. My Nero 5.5 will only write to the virtual drive so i can't test that.

I do have a general problem with the CD tray, especially when reading multiple files. There is a sound of movement from the drive and then the (Mesh) PC can no longer access the disc. Physically opening the drive and recentering the disc cures the problem. It doesn't happen all the time but having it happen when copying a DVD movie can be a bit annoying.

Comments posted by Paul from United Kingdom, January 30, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

just like sheila i've had problems with this burner since day one, using nero6 to burn the compiliations to +RW it either cannot detect the correct drive or just crashes my system.

dvd decrypter and recordnow max cannot detect the drive either, in my opinion if you want a decent burner go for the pioneer 108.

Comments posted by canthackit from United Kingdom, January 27, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

I've had this for about 1 month now and never had any real problems using RiData 8x DVD-r, nero wouldn't seem to burn dvd image files properly, but other programs did without any problems

Comments posted by Steve from Canada, January 11, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Bought my unit OEM. Simple to install and worked perfectly from the start.

Have only used Ritek DVD-R so far but very happy with results so far. Noted comments re problems with other media. Will bear that in mind. TY

Comments posted by Rhyme Maker from United Kingdom, January 02, 2005. 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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