I/O Magic Internal 12X DVD±RW/±R (IDVD12D) DVD Writer

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I/O Magic Internal 12X DVD±RW/±R (IDVD12D)

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$150 6.6/10
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1 HP 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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i got this dvd-writer on clearance at staples for $31.50. i figured a 12x +R / 8x -R drive would be a great upgrade from my 4x -R only. when i got home, i ran dvdinfopro on it, and nero's info tool, and was surprised to see they both said it burned dual layer discs. i figured that was because of the "generic 12x dvd writer" driver.
i spent $25 on a 3pk of dual layer discs, because if i wasted 1 i could give the other 2 to a friend. they worked!

so, this player definitely burns DVD+R DL! i skipped through every file on the dvd, and they all worked.

maybe i got lucky and got one that was manufactured later, i dont know. if someone else has this drive please run the info tools to see if they say dual layer capabilities.

Comments posted by Jim from United States, April 10, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

A real junk drive. Got it at Staples for $33 as a clearance item. It worked fine for a little while, but started creating coasters at random with both DVD-R and +R media. It finally gave up on 4/9/05, and won't record to any media, not even CD-R or CD-RW. It gives me a power calibration error every time, although it works as a CD-ROM and DVD-ROM just fine.

Upgraded firmware from 110I to 120I as well.

I've had problems with I/O Magic drives in the past. STAY AWAY FROM THESE AT ALL COSTS!!! Get a well known brand such as Sony, or HP.

Comments posted by Mike Hickok from United States, April 10, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I bought this drive before christmas 2004(3 Months ago).

75 - DVD-R 8x Media
56 - DVD+R 8x
10 - DVD-RW 4x

No Coasters. I use the RW's daily.

Bought it for $72 new.
It's identified as an Accesstek DD203 Drive.
Firmware was 1.10 flashed to 1.20 before use.
I've backed up movies, store data, burned MP3 DVDs.

I can highly recommend this drive if
dependability is what you need.
Unless you want Dual Layer.
The media is still too expensive and
Blu Ray is right around the corner.
This drive is inside a secondary household machine.

Comments posted by Rich from United States, February 26, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Took awhile to figure out the model number it comes up as Generic DVD RW 12x Max finally pulled drive out and read it off the top of the drive Model Accesstek DD203 added new firmware 120I (was at 100I)
and now burning at 8x on maxell -R 8x colored disc from Walmart , 8x on Sony 4x +R, and 8x on TDK 4x +R's
and the Khypermedia 4x +R's also at 8x.
Takes about 6 to 8 minutes to burn. using nero or dvd decrypter. Have yet to try DVD RW . I now have time to watch the movies I have burned.
Downloaded firmware from http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php

Comments posted by call from United States, October 03, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Windows, Nero, Record Now, Dvd Decrypter all recognized drive.
But had problems running drive on raid ide port (in which my other dvd burner was working on that port before I switched them )Yes, I checked the DMA have learned XP likes to go into pio mode on occasion . It was taking 50 minutes to burn so switched to secondary ide port
and it now burns 4x DVD+R's at 4x using DVD Shrink in about 15 to 20 minutes.
Haved used sony disc and khypermedia disc (all 4x DVD+R's)
Haven't seen any 8x or 12x disc at any stores yet.
I/O Magic website sux went there forum was down
and haven't seen any firmware to download.
$99 dollars at circuit city. Rate it a 5 currently
Untill I test it using other software.

Comments posted by Call from United States, September 29, 2004. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

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= 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)

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The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.

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