Pacific Digital U-30201 8x4 Internal DVD±RW DVD Writer

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Pacific Digital U-30201 8x4 Internal DVD±RW


OEM:
BTC or Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
40xCDR CAV
24xCDRW PCAV
4xDVD-R CLV
2xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R ZCLV
4xDVD+RW CLV
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$150 7.6/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 HQ 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 StarLogic 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Value Disc 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Bought this at Office Max for 69 bucks. Installed it. Now I can't burn from I-Tunes nor will it burn a movie using DVD XCopy. Looks like I bought a piece of crap.


Comments posted by Phil Andersen from United States, March 19, 2004. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





Pacific Digital Mach-8 DVD Writer. The label on the drive says it is a LiteOn LDW-811S. lite on makes a decent cd burner hopefully this dvd will be the same / but im not likeing the stories im reading about the software support / i just got it and im waiting for parts to build another pc / ill keep you updated . also bought at staples


Comments posted by Flash from United States, February 06, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Got one of these, it's a BTC 1008.
No coasters with DVDXCOPY, but burns at 1x.
I'm trying Nero 6.0 tonight to try to burn faster.
I'm using Verbatim DVD+R 4X media.


Comments posted by bleedat from United States, February 05, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I also bought mine from Office max for $79 with out rebate's and have been able to copy 5 4x + & - dvdr's without any problems. Roxio works good and has a nice dvd maker feature but I'd rather have Nero. Work perfect with dvd shrink 3.1 and nero for dvd copying. Haven't tried a 8x dvd yet.


Comments posted by languna from United States, February 02, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





For Pacific Digital Mach8 buyers:

If the serial number on the box starts with P, then it is a BTC 1008IM.

If the serial number starts with numbers then it is a LiteOn.
There is no need to open the box first.


Comments posted by reh from United States, January 25, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought the drive at Staples and obtained a LiteOn drive in the box. After applying the latest firmware updates from LiteOn, proceeded to burn several Memorex 4x DVD+R blanks at 8X speed. Burnt a DVD in 8 minutes!
DVD+R is definitely more compatible than my old Pioneer DVD-R A03, as these DVD's worked on all the DVD players I have tried.
The LiteOn works great with Nero 6 Ultra.
Using DVDShrink 3.1.2 (free software) this drive will rip a DVD to the hard drive in less than 7 minutes!
Also burnt several CD's at 40x with not one coaster or an incompatible CD (tested on several different computers).
I highly recommend the LiteOn drive if you can find it.
I.e. Check inside the box before you buy.


Comments posted by Reid from United States, January 24, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have had no problems with this burner since purchasing at office max for $80 two weeks ago. I have burnt using shrink 3.1.2 and nero 6 on verbatim datalife plus dvd+rw 2.4x media and plays just fine in my zenith dvb312.


Comments posted by legend from United States, January 23, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This writer is great. I have burnt about 20 or so movies using TDK 2x(G02), Fuji 2x (richojpnr00) both at 2.4x, also burned Ritek g04 @4x. All turned out perfect and works in my Apex 1500, Toshiba sd-m1502, and ps2. For $80, can't go wrong!
Software used:
DVDShrink 3.1.2
DVD2One 1.3
Nero 5.5.10.54


Comments posted by reh from United States, January 23, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Great drive!! burnt DVD+RW's & DVR+R's and played in my Apex-1500. Everything worked perfectly. Could not get Nero to work on it, had to use Roxio's Easy CD & DVD software supplied with the drive (no big deal!!)

Bought it for $79.99 at office max on 1/11/04 as a sub for magic spin.


Comments posted by shreekar from United States, January 23, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I purchased MACH8 from Officemax for $79.99. They
had this product as a substitute for ioMagic MagicSpin
8X DVD burner that was on sale. However when i opened the
package the label on the drive indicates it is a BTC DRW10081M. Have not tested yet.


Comments posted by BiggTimm from Other, January 15, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Not rating this one yet as I have yet to fully test everything. Picked this up on the same $80 deal at Office Max. Mine is a rebadged Lite-On 811S. Came with firmware HS06 & I flashed to HS0K. It burned Memorex 4X rated DVD+R at 8X with no problems. The movie works fine in my Pioneer player. So far everything seems good! I will be testing Memorex DVD-R next.


Comments posted by leo662 from Other, January 15, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I got mine at OfficeMax for $80. The drive is LiteOn LDW-851S with GS08 firmware. It's the latest firmware according to LiteOn site. The drive was manufacturered on December 2003.


Comments posted by Clement from Other, January 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Bought at office max for $79 here in Ohio
It was the lite-on 811s also.
Sonic mydvd was the only software with it, and i could not flash the firmware on it. it said to contact the vender.
Anyway, it bunt memorex 4x +r and -r with no problem, but the green value disk, it would not even reckonize(sp) when i was done.


Comments posted by gfs4731 from Other, January 14, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought this writer at Sam's Club for $149 with a $30 mail in rebate. It came with Roxio 6. I am a Nero fan so with current ASPI from Ahead it seems I can only burn at 2x!

Drive is made by BTC. I'm not sure of the model. I have backed up 3 DVD titles sofar without issue.


Comments posted by Tom from Other, January 14, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





I also purchased mine at Office Depot for $79. (Are you in Ohio?) Since it was a replacement I did not have to send in rebates. I have had good luck with the drive using Memorex 4X DVD-R media both as data discs and DVD video. The only downside I have so far is the limited number of programs that support this drive. Many software packages just don't see it at all. So far, Roxio is the only reliable burning software I have found so far. No luck with NERO.


Comments posted by irish27 from Other, January 14, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Came back to update my earlier post:
Burned a Fuji dvd+rw (2.4x)with no errors. Then I tried to update the rev to 054 using the live update and it worked just fine. The disc played perfect in my Apex 1500, Toshiba sd m1502 pc dvd, and my playstation2 v5. Tried burning to Fuji dvd+r (2.4x) and everything was perfect. Disk tray solid. Great burner so far. Don't care for the software. I use Dvd2One and Nero 5.5.10.54
Now to try different media....


Comments posted by reh from Other, January 14, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I purchased the Pacific Digital Mach 8 at office max for $80. It was substituted for the magic spin. The label on mine is a BTC 1008 with rev 052 out of the box. Tried to update to 054 but it wouldn't do it. I'm burning as I write this so will let ya know how it turns out later.


Comments posted by reh from Other, January 13, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





i purchased MACH8 from Officemax for $79.99. They
had this product as a substitute for ioMagic MagicSpin
8X DVD burner that was on sale. However when i opened the
package there is no mention about LineOn. i was hoping i
got a liteOn 811S too, since the review was good. Did
anyone else buy MACH8 that is not LiteOn 811S


Comments posted by ramesh from Other, January 13, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Just bought the Pacific Digital Mach-8 DVD Writer. The label on the drive indicates it is a LiteOn LDW-811S.
Will comment further after installation.


Comments posted by Reid from Other, January 11, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I purchased this one in Staples. I saw the manufacture as LITE-ON IT CORP (Model: LDW-811S) on the label of the drive. I do not know whether Pacific Digital is marketing this DVD with its name. Could any of you got this DVD?


Comments posted by manju from Other, January 11, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.




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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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