TDK 440N External DVD Writer

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TDK 440N External

USB, Firewire, 2MB
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$250 9.4/10
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1 Onidtech 4xDVD-R (ONIDTECH....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sony 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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I had the exact same experience as Michael using DVD-R 16X discs - DVD+R 16X discs work fine however with no firmware monkey motion required, and most DVD players will play them with no problem.

Comments posted by Pete from United States, October 07, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Just want to pitch in my experience if anybody is having problem with burning on the TDK 440N external drive. FYI I'm using a Apple PowerBook G4 with 10.4

I brought the burner 2 years ago and NEVER used it once. Until recently and found out I couldn't burn to the new pack of TDK DVD-R 16x disc I just brought. How ever it burned on the 2 included DVD-R just fine. I found out I was 2 updates behind on the firmware so I did the update as requested. BTW the newest firmware listed on TDK's website for the external version was 1.0A. While a 1.0C (newer) was only listed for the 440N internal. Rest assured the 1.0C works fine on the external version. TDK just forgot to list it for both version of the same drive.

With the newest version of firmware I am STILL not able to burn to the TDK 16X DVD-R. Somewhere on the internet I found the 16X disc are of a new standard, so I returned and brought a pack of FuJiFilm 8X DVD-R. And I was right!! Armed with the newest firmware this drive is still only able to burn to disc rated no faster then 8X. So if make sure you buy 8X disc until they release a firmware newer then 1.0C If they don't.... this drive will become obsolete until 8X disc becomes unavailable.

Comments posted by Michael from United States, February 08, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.

Bought this 6/04 for $50 refurbished. 1st delivery was DOA, 2nd delivery is working fine. However, it will not accept Sony 8X DVD-R at all. It writes Fujifilm 8X DVD-R at 2X, not 4X. It writes Fujifilm 8X DVD-R at 2.4X

Comments posted by psy from United States, November 20, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

You can upgrade the firmware to 1.0A from TDK (do not worry about the warning that it is only good for the internal burner), make sure you turn the power off on the external burner after the firmware upgrade and restart your computer just to be safe…

Very quiet, and can connect to any computer with 1394 or USB2.0, works with Nero, Rox, DVD shrink…Now that 8X is out you can pick this 4X burner up for a good price.

Comments posted by Jake from Canada, March 26, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Upgraded firmware to 1.09. Got it from Costco 5 months ago for $239 and now Costco sell it for $199. I got my $40 adjustment back. Good customer service from Costco. Everything worked fine with the ROXIO DVD creator burning software. Use TDK, Memorex and COMPUSA brand dvds. They all works on my dvd player.

Comments posted by Rod Woo from United States, March 19, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

What they all said. Got this at Costco for $239 or something. Plugged it into the ADI IEEE1394 card I already had for DV capture. Its just worked.

Burned about a dozen DVD+R at 4X using TDK media, all have worked perfectly, video and data. The video DVD have played in my Toshiba set top player as well as my internal DVDROM drive. Using Nero 5.5 which I already had licensed, and various freeware programs for DVD encoding.

I haven't burned any CD-R on it as I have a TDK 52X internal CDRW, but I've tested the 32X audio ripping from a couple of CDs, and the rips compared perfectly with EAC in brutal mode.

Comments posted by peerce from United States, March 01, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I really like this drive--its well built and is very quiet. Have had no problems to date. I wished the DVD software for capture, edit, movie making was as reliable. It's a keeper and only costs $239.00 at Costco.

Comments posted by M. Carter from United States, February 10, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Very quiet and fast. Not a single compatibility problem to date.

Comments posted by J. Yanoviak from United States, February 03, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Best burner I've ever had. Have used it now for about 4 months, burned dozens of DVD-RWs and DVD-Rs. Have also burned several DVD+RWs and CD-Rs/RWs. It just works. It came with the 1.06 firmware, but have since updated it to the 1.09 version. I use Nero 6 and TMPGEnc DVD Author to do my burning duties.

Connect this to my computer via the Firewire connection. I can do anything else while burning a disc, no underruns, no problems. Haven't had the first coaster.

Comments posted by Eddie from Other, January 02, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Excellent External DVD burner for the money $ 269.00 w/ $40.00 Rebate - it 3 weeks ago. Size a little bulky,( Fits in Laptop bag easily ) Performance top of the line. Write's quickly, Ran DVD X Copy Platinum to back up DVD's I had bought. Seems to work well with Higher Quality DVD's, DVD-R's, Verbatium & Sony DVD's. Unit connects w/ USB 2.0 Port on Laptop - Gateway ( 3.06 MH, Hyper.Tech w/ XP - Prof.), no problems & Gateway - Desktop ( 2.25mh Pent.4 w/ XP-Home). Had backed up approx. 20 movies, 4 - coaster's. ( Coaster's not unit's fault - operator's ! )

Comments posted by Barry Rock from Other, November 29, 2003. Rated this writer 10 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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