TDK 440N DVD Writer

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TDK 440N


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
16xCDR CLV
10xCDRW CLV
4xDVD-R CLV
2xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
4xDVD+R CLV
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EIDE, 2MB
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$200 7.8/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BMI 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CompUSA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Eagle Media 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GreatAZO 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 KHypermedia 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Legacy 4xDVD-R (SONY04D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Liquid Video 2xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 5 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (INFODISCA01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Mirage Recordable Media 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 4xDVD-R (AN30........) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Optodisc 2.4xDVD+R (OPTODISCOP1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Packard Bell 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Panasonic 2xDVD-R (MEI 00V001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Piodata 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Prodisc 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodye 2xDVD-R (3AM0201.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Ritek 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SmartCom 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Supermedia 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+RW (PHILIPS.041) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 4xDVD-R (TTG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 16xDVD-R (TTH02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Value Disc 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MCC.....001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) / Pastel Disc 4xDVD+R (YUDEN000T01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Comments
95 comments, Showing 26 to 50 comments

I had the same error of "Power Calibration Error" with version 1.10a and nero. I use genrirc dvd-r (PRINCO).
But if I reduce write speed from 4 to 2, the probleme is corrected.
Good luck


Comments posted by Andy from belgium from Other, December 27, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





in reply to my previous post, it would appear there's nothing wrong with the latest firmware upgrade, i had actually got a batch of bad disks! the same disks failed on by hp writer. I had misunderstood what the error message meant. sorry for the duff info


Comments posted by ive from Other, December 24, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





was working fine using firmware v1.08 untill i used the latest v10a it now refuses to copy cd's showing the error "power calibration error" it was not doing this before the upgrade has anybody any ideas? is it possible to reflash back to v108 perhaps. up untill this error the drive wrote to most cheap dvds bulkpaq,princo,datawrite all colours,arita,


Comments posted by ive from Other, December 22, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





NEW OFFICIAL FIRMWARE REALEASED TODAY VERSION 10
AVAILABLE HERE http://www.tdk-europe.com/dvd/uk/support/upgrading/dual_format_4x


Comments posted by Matthew Grimsley from Other, December 18, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





I've had it for 3 weeks and have burned a dozen DVD+Rs, both Sony and TDK brands. I have not burned a single coaster. I've used DVD X Copy, DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, and Nero 6.0 , without a single problem. Purchased it at BestBuy. Very happy with it so far.

Running on Win XP.


Comments posted by Wolv6769 from Other, December 05, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





No complaints whatsoever. A totally hassle free installation and have had not had a single problem. Primarily writing to Ritek G04 DVD-Rs. I use all freeware for making my backups: DVDDecrypter for ripping, DVDShrink for re-authoring, IMGTool for creating an .iso image file, and DVDDecrypter for burning the .iso file. Very happy.


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





This was my first try at a DVD writer $139 after rebates. Backed up a few movie DVDs using DVD-Cloner on Memorex +R discs (10 pack with dvd cases $17.99 Best Buy) and the TDK +R that came in the package. Works perfectly with no problems.


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





Bought X Copy Gold and wouldn't work. TDK support is useless. Wouldn't buy another TDK product. Called 321 Studios and they bent over backwards to help. Finally got it to work by downloading Nero 6 Demo for using UDF writing. Then TDK disk wouldn't work on home DVD player. E-mailed 321 Studios and Frank Parrish, in tech support, researched the DVD player and recommended Imation DVD-R. Worked perfect. Would also recommend product.


Comments posted by Keith from Other, November 23, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





After I flash the firm ware to 1.09, everything works as advertised. I used the Roxio's Classic Creator(came with the burner) to burn the dvds and they all play on my DVD player from Kones 3000. So far I have used Memorex 4X DVD-R, TDK 4X DVD+r and Hypermedia 2.5X DVD+RW with no problems. I like this burner.


Comments posted by Rodney Wu from Other, November 14, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I bought this piece of junk at Best Buy and installed it on my computer without incident. However, after I booted up the computer, it won't recognize the drive most of the time. I burned two coasters with the DVDs supplied in the box. I'm heading out the door back to Best Buy to return this doorstop.


Comments posted by Joe Dubois from Other, November 05, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





new firmware 1.09 released today. go to http://www.tdk-europe.com/dvd/uk/support/upgrading/dual_format_4x

not sure what it upgrades.


Comments posted by Matthew Grimsley from Other, October 29, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





Had this drive for about a month. It has worked flawlessly with memorx, Riteck and CompUsa media. The bundled software is crap will be getting Adobe premire. Looking for a Linux Driver or any info about using this drive in Red Hat 9.0. Will post results of getting this up in Linux


Comments posted by Dave from Other, October 19, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





having trouble writing images or dvd-videos to this writer to any brand of dvd- disk. it crashes on the lead-in. seems ok on tdk+ but fails on any other brand of dvd- disk i try. can someone help.
winxp p3 1gb 512 pc133. trying to use nero 6 or pinnacle instant cd.


Comments posted by Matthew Grimsley from Other, October 17, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





I've had my TDK 440N for about a month and it's worked great. The first two discs I tried burning turned into coasters but I blame the software I experimented with for that. I'm using DVD Decrypter for ripping, DVD Shrink 3.0(beta) for shrinking and Nero 5.5 for burning. I use TDK DVD+R disks for backing up my movies and FujiFilm DVD+RW media for testing. I'm very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it in a heartbeat.


Comments posted by Lynn Burgess from Other, October 16, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





People are used to brand names, yupe, some are excellent some are worthless! I paid $120 for a Nec 1300D (Dual drive + and - disc) and I've done about 10+ back up movies, couple of VHS tapes transfer to DVD without a coaster so far (using DVD X Xpress, Pinnacle Studio 8 and Nero 5.5.10) you may want to pay more for Sony etc. it' up to you! Althouhg, all of the DVD burner now DOSEN'T like cheap media! I tried to save a dollard or two by using Comp USA 1x disc, it burned like a champ but when play back time...man...it played for 2 mins then it freeze for few seconds...then the whole things repeated over and over...well, take care and good luck guys!


Comments posted by icmac2 from Other, October 14, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought this TDK burner about 3 weeks ago and without checking the compatibility I had ordered Meritline HQ DVD-R media (100). Now I come to know that the burner doesnt support meritline HQ media. I read in this forum that applying the firmware patch will help resolve the issue. While trying to apply the patch I am getting the following error.

RichEdit1->Lines.Strings ?????????? : RichEdit ?????????.

Any help or suggestions are welcome.


Comments posted by sanfran from Other, October 14, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.







Comments posted by DJ Russ from Other, October 13, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





I bought the 440N and created 25 coasters in 7 days. This drive was not compatible with the major software packages and even had trouble with the Roxio package shipped with it. I bought another just to see if would act the same, and yep- it did. I'm not messing around. I have a 3 GHz system and Asus P4C800 board & 1GB of Corsair memory. I don't need hassles like this. I returned one of the drives as it was inside the 15 day window allowed by the business. I am now in a squabble with TDK to take the other drive back. I bought a Sony 510A and have had ZERO problems! Shame on you TDK. I hope yor reading skills are better than your engineering skills.


Comments posted by JC from Other, October 11, 2003. Rated this writer 2 of 10.





Hi All,

made expierences using the TDK device. Bought SKY DVD-R media, nero 6 says "Invallid Media", Didn't try any other media up to now, which are good useable for DVD-R Movie Backups?
DVD+R worked very good and fast, I was suprised.


Comments posted by Luckystrike from Other, September 24, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





FOR FIX TO TDK FIRMWARE SEE THIS
WEB LINK

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=18054


Comments posted by JOHN from Other, September 23, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





At first it was ok, i had no problem burning Memorex DVD-Rs, but it started acting up after about 2 weeks. I could not burn cheap DVD-Rs, would not recognise the dvds. Did the firmware update from 1.05 to 1.08 and now everything works fine. This is a very good buy ,even with the flukes.


Comments posted by Cholerabob from Other, September 22, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





To correct an error in my previous post... i replaced the drive with the Sony DW-U14A which is OEM equivalent of the Sony DRU-510A (not DRU-51A that I mistakenly posted). This DUAL format (+/-) Sony drive worked great and has 4X write capability to DVD+R and DVD+RW.


Comments posted by wanman from Other, September 19, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought this unit for $199 at Circuit City and had for about two days before promptly returning. The unit had recurring "data read errors" (mainly CRC errors) when using DVD Shrink to backup several of my kids' children's DVDs since they tend to scratch them up. At first I though that the orginal DVD was scratched too bad for backup; however, 5 out of 7 had the same problem. Most of them had few if any scratches and all played fine in DVD players. I did some research on www.CDRLabs.com and their review of this drive confirms that the drive does not do well with scratched or dirty discs. I quickly returned this thing for refund and bought the Sony OEM DW-U14A drive (from www.legendmicro.com for $189) that is the OEM version of the Sony DRU-51A. It read and backed up all 7 of the same disks with DVD Shrink. Be cautious if buy this drive to backup DVD Video.


Comments posted by wanman from Other, September 19, 2003. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





Just a comment about East's post (see below) he said that the TDK doesnt support Nero 6? well im using the latest version of Nero 6 and it works fine? I think some of the earlier versions of Nero 6 required an update that was available from the Nero site for free so why East didnt try that is beyond me?



Comments posted by Hormski from Other, September 10, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I bought this DVD writer pureley by fluke as the store was out of stock of teh model i wanted and offerd me a discount on teh 440n.

When i first installed it, it was rejected almost all cheap media that was until i flashed the firmware, now it work fine ive only wasted one disc and that was because it was scracthed and caused and error.

I use DVD shrink to rip and shrink and Nero or Copy 2 DVD to burn. For some reason copy 2 DVD only allows me to burn at 2 speed but this isnt really a problem as i tend to lean towards Nero as it is a more comprehensive package.

I would say im very happy with the writer and would advise anyone looking at it to seriously consider buying it.


Comments posted by Hormski from Other, September 10, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.




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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)


Rating
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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