Sony DRU-800A DVD Writer

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Sony DRU-800A


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
48xCDR CAV
24xCDRW ZCLV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
4xDVD-RDL CLV
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$100 7.1/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Azul 16xDVD-R (TYG02......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 DataMax 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 EMTEC 4xDVD-R (MAM4XG02....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fortis 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 009.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 16xDVD-R (SONY16D1....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (MBI 01RG40..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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My Sony DRU-800a worked flawlessly until a couple days ago. I suddenly couldn't burn a DVD data disc, and I was getting an " Illegal Disc" error, using Nero 7. Frustrating indeed seeing how I never had any problems before ! Internet searches suggested upgrading firmware, trying a different disc manufacturer, burning at slower speeds and an assortment of other things. All to no avail. Then sort of by accident I discovered the problem myself. It was so easy that I kept overlooking it.I right clicked "My Computer", chose "Explore" and right clicked again on the Sony DVD drive choosing "Properties" once more.Thats when I saw the tab titled "Recording". I opened that tab and placed a check mark next to "Enable CD recording on this drive". I was back in buisness. This is the only trouble I've had with this drive and it's been pretty darn reliable since I first purchased it.I thought it was kinda weird to have the option to not allow burning on a drive that was INTENDED for burning DVD's, but that resolved the problem I was having. Just thought I'd let you know if you have this particular drive and encounter the same trouble. Geez how'd it get turned off in the first place ? Oh well, hope this helps someone out of a jam.

bern1@yourownrisk.net


Comments posted by bern1 from United States, May 05, 2007. Rated this writer No rating.





I got mine 2 months ago. Has worked well with most dvd media. However, there have been a few issues:
1. the printable TDK media do not work well after burned. They stop playing after a while.
2. the good media cannot be played back w/ COby dvd player (it says "bad dics").

WOuld appreciate if anyone has any advice.


Comments posted by A,L from United States, January 16, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





IT WORKS FINE


Comments posted by Boris from United States, December 27, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





No good. Did 3 successive burns on high-class Verbatom media (1 8X, 2 16X). All 3 started to play but then all eventually had "breaking up" issues in the picture. Tested on 2 DVD players. Returned for LG 4166B, which also does DVD-RAM and Lightscribe, have had superb results on multiple burns.


Comments posted by Ronnie from United States, October 31, 2005. Rated this writer 3 of 10.





Bought this one in futureshop for $79 cn. Recorded two dvds:
memorex CMC MAG. AM3 and Ritek-D-01-01. Ritek was dual layer and played without any problems on my philips 642. Prodiscs F01 that sometimes failed on my pioneer 107d were recorded in 8 minutes. I am satisfied with it so far.


Comments posted by Padre from Canada, September 30, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





A follow-up to the prior post. Burning at 8x now with no problems to DVD-R. The first DVD I tried was a 4X DVD+R DL, and it worked flawlessly. The only thing I did differently this time was apply firmware update from Sony's site and the Nero update. I was really impressed at the fact that Sony is choosing Nero for their DVD burning software now, it's the champ. So far, working a.o.k.

So, my lesson learned I think....apply all firmware updates and recording burning software updates available before attempting Dual Layer. It's still fairly new technology. I would also like to point out the fact that the Best Buy retailer was great. I spend $200 for the burner and DVD +R DL's (60$ for a 10-pack). The exchanged them both without any problems. I have no idea how the tech at Best Buy though got the disc out, but he did! I was really skeptical at the fact that I wouldn't be able to return the 1 bad DVD burned and the 9 i had still blank and was quite surprised. I'll keep you posted if I continue to have failures, but so far I think it was just a bad first experience due to me not apply updates.


Comments posted by Thomas Sebastian from United States, July 17, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Used it for the first time. Not sure on the firmware but I boxed it up. The 8x speed seemed semi-reliable with 8x discs. 4x speed worked perfectly at all times and it was pretty slick. I bought one of the dual layer discs, checked sony's web site for compatibility, and attempted to burn my first DL disc at 4x and it scrapped the drive (I am unable to even retrieve the disc at this point). Taking mine back to Best Buy tomorrow. I'm thinking of trading it in for the 720, but I really like the black cover this one comes with as it matches my case. I'm going to try a firmware update first before I try to burn DL, I'm not sure what firmware the one I bought was on, but too late to check, now it's already in the box. With the price of the dual layer discs, I'm going to try and get my money back for the one disc that is still stuck in there! The tray on the DVD drive will come out approximately 1/4" and that is it! My other Sony 500UL external I still don't have any problems with and it has been the good ole reliable over the years, it just stopped burning DVD's all together for some reason, but still burns CD's fine. I purchased a new drive for both the DL capabalities and to restore my ability to burn dvd's as my 500UL is off warranty now, so .....I'll keep you all posted, it seems like a good drive so far, I just hope that I just had a bad first experience.


Comments posted by Thomas Sebastian from United States, July 16, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





So far this is the best DVD burner I've used yet. Fast and efficient. The only coaster I burnt was because of an el cheapo disc flaw. I can only speak for 4.7 Gig DVDs as the dual/double layer discs are a bit pricey to just "experiment" with yet. It comes with Nero 6 but Alcohol 120% ties in with it well. They state you can use any third party burn software but don't imply it will work or not.


Comments posted by Darin from Canada, July 07, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





me again, It was the Dam dvd writer, got another one in exchange, and works perfect, burned on dvd-r (4.7) in less that 10 mins and works great, burned on double layer disk in about 27 min and works great, this is by far THE BEST DVD WRITER out their


Comments posted by Parvi from United Kingdom, June 13, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Burned a movie in 10 mins, wicked
Played the movie and it kept getting stuck (which upset me big time) burned the same movie with my dru 500a, took 20 mins and played perfect, must be the dam drive


Comments posted by Parvi from United Kingdom, June 12, 2005. Rated this writer 3 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)


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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