Toshiba SD-R5372V DVD Writer

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Toshiba SD-R5372V

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$60 3.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Legacy 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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I haven't had any problems with this piece of hardware at all! It's been great. People only seem to look it up and post when it's having problems so I figured I'd add my experience, too. The only problem I've ever had with it is cyclic read errors, but I'm thinking that may not actually be a problem with the drive itself. Just my two cents.


Comments posted by kalanasse from United States, January 10, 2008. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Its a piece of crap I have tried sony dvd -r and memorex +r's to write an iso file and it gets to writing at 3% tray opens says its done yet another toaster cd.. will never use another toshiba product again

Comments posted by reveal from United States, September 12, 2007. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

I would definitly avoid this recorder. However, the best DVDs for it seems to be the DVD+Rs from RiData. However, it won't allow full speed write at 16x.

Comments posted by Thomas from United States, September 06, 2007. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Even with the TU15 f/w update, I am unable to write DVD .iso images. Have tried Memorex DVD+R and Verbatim DVD-R discs. What a junky drive. I should have bought a Sony or LG...

Otherwise, I have been able to copy and to burn music and data CDs and to create DVDs with my desktop PVR.

Comments posted by MarcusAurelius from United States, July 14, 2007. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Well, I was having the same problems as everyone else with this writer, but after I read the comment about the TU15 update, I figured I'd try it before I completely gave up. I ran the update and this POS writer turned itself around completely! If you have this writer, you HAVE to install the firmware. It's real easy, it's just an EXE you download, you press update and it finishes in less than a minute.

Here's a link to the firmware:


Comments posted by KClaisse from United States, June 13, 2007. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

very bad burner.
I had only only problems with burning, lost a lot of discs. i got it with a lidl-pc. PC is ok, burner is driving me nuts. Doesn't burn dvd+RW on 4-speed. Doesn't overburn dvd. Doesn't burn 90-min cd's. Generally, in the first minute of burning (after burning lead-in) it just starts spinning the dvd and stalls for more than a minute. So it always spends at least 1.5 min more than estimated, even on the lowest speeds. 16-speed is like burning on 6-speed.

Comments posted by Frustrated from Netherlands, September 23, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I give it a 2 simply because sometimes it is able to write DVDs, but the error rate makes it impossible to use with applications that aren't resilient to errors (such as the included NERO backup software). After writing 8 dvds in a backup it fails and I either start over or abort the idea of backing up my computer to DVD.

Then... I tried to write a data CD. It never did it. I went back to my old iomega zip CD drive.

The Toshiba is junk. Money wasted. Don't recommend.

Comments posted by Bill Sailer from United States, April 15, 2006. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

Good news for owners of a Toshiba SD-R5372V !
A firmware update is available,the TU15 update fixed all my problems! All the media can be written succesfull now.
Before I was at the TU11 firmware level.

Comments posted by goofert from Netherlands, February 10, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Bought a Targa 3500+ at Lidl which had this writer.
lots of problems with Ritek 8speed +R printable(
RIEK R03), also with TRaxdata+R DL and with verbatim
DVD+RW 4 speed

Comments posted by Dirk from Netherlands, February 10, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Stay away from this one.
Only DVDs I've been able to burn with any success have been Taiyo Yudens, cheaper ones get turned into toasters 100% of the time. Audio CDs fail 50% of the time.
Hoping for firmware update.

Comments posted by Jack from Japan, January 01, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

TOSHIBA CD/DVDW SDR5372V using firmware TU15
Manufactured: April 2005

What a dissapointment !
Bought it at retail for $75 - $25 Mail-in Rebate

I wasn't able to have a single good Dual Layer burn yet.
Might be my particular unit -- but from comments I've read on several sites, now I can see that I made a terrible mistake. Oh well... need to pack it and off it goes.

Burning Software Used:

Nero 7 Ultra (ver
Nero 6.6 Ultra (ver
VSO CopyToDVD ver 3.1.2
Media Used:

Verbatim DVD+R DL 2.4x (2.4x - 6x; Mitsubishi "MKM 001" media code)
TDK DVD+R DL 2.4 (Ricoh "RICOHJPND00" media code)
Nero was able to finish writing Layer 1; error would occur at layer change.

CopyToDVD was not able to successfully finish writing Layer 1.

Comments posted by Ogryzek from United States, November 21, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

Unreliable w/ stock firmware, somewhat better with updated firmware. Had good luck with Memorex 16x -R, but only burned at 4x. Mixed results (12 out of 50 were coasters) with TDK 16x +R, which would burn @ 8x. Bad results with Memorex 8x +R (5 out of 5 coasters).

Comments posted by MickGrimm from United States, October 05, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Very disappointing. I had still hundreds of Memorex DVD's
(CMC MAG.E01) burnt with 100% success with 8X speed on the Nec writers ND-1300A and ND-3520A. But with Toshiba SD-R5372V, even a write speed of 2.4X fails 50% of the time. Also tried various other media, but no reliable burn results. I only got good results with very expensive Sony DVD's.
I should never bought this writer.

Comments posted by goofert from Netherlands, September 18, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.

Very bad recording: the quality is so-so even with Verbatim (K-probe doesn't work, had to check on another drive), coasters with cheaper media. Couldn't write at all to HP branded 8x DVD-R discs (CMC MAG. AE1). Very slow disc recognition.

As of Sep 2,2005 there is no firmware update to address any of the issues.

The worst DVD writer I've ever came across, stay away from it!

Comments posted by Mike from Israel, September 02, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

this drive has very poor media compatability most disks only write at x4 or x6, great lack of firmware updates. bought this drive from pc world it was badged as a freecom classic external drive, would not recomend.

Comments posted by ian from United Kingdom, September 01, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

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

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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