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Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc on the LiteOn (PLDS) DU-8A5LH

Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc on the LiteOn (PLDS) DU-8A5LH

Hi everyone,

Today, we’ll take a look at how the PlexDisc DVD+R discs burns in the LiteOn (PLDS) DU-8A5LH. This drive was taken temporarily out of a Dell laptop and is a 9.5mm drive:

We will be using ImgBurn to perform the writing and verification. It reports the media code to be OPTODISC-R16-00 and supports writing at up to 8x here.

PlexDisc DVD+R on LiteOn DU-8A5LH 8x 2

This drive seem to not support setting up the DVD+R Book Type manually but it seems it does it during the burning process:

PlexDisc DVD+R on LiteOn DU-8A5LH 8x 1

The drive burns these discs using a CAV strategy, starting at 3.3x and going all the way up to 8x:

The disc verification was successful at this speed:

We can also confirm that the drive changes the booktype to DVD-ROM in the burning process:

PlexDisc DVD+R on LiteOn DU-8A5LH 8x 13

Here is the disc burned surface:

PlexDisc DVD+R on LiteOn (PLDS) DU-8A5LH 4

It seems to be burned fine by looking at it visually, with a few rings on it mostly at the beginning. The drive seem to perform some quality tuning in the burning process as it sometimes reduced the speed for a few seconds.

Quality Scans

We’ll now see how well the disc burned in this drive at 8x by doing a surface quality scan on the same drive and on the Toshiba-Samsung SN-208AB drive. I’m currently out of town, and the Samsung drive is the only one I have that can perform scans at this time.

LiteOn DU-8A5LH

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc DVD+R on LiteOn DU-8A5LH 8x 14

Samsung SN-208AB

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc DVD+R on LiteOn DU-8A5LH 8x 15

This Optodisc-produced disc burned fine in this drive as we can see on the above graphs. It does seem to have a quality issue before the 3.5GB mark but this seem to be related to the disc itself, as the burns on other drives also reported a similar spike on that area. Regardless of this, the LiteOn drive can successfully burn and verify this disc with excellent results.

Conclusion

This LiteOn slim drive can successfully burn this disc at a speed of 8x. The burning quality is excellent. This drive came with a Dell laptop and I took it out to test these discs on it. It seems to be a good quality burner. It is quiet and can also set the disc book type automatically.

You can purchase these discs on Amazon at the following link:

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive at 4x

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive at 4x

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see how well the Pioneer BDR-2212 can burn the SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Discs at a speed of 4x:

SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB on Pioneer BDR-2212

This drive can burn these discs at up to 8x but we will focus burning it at 4x this time:

The burning process was successful:

Data verification was also successful:

Here’s how the disc surface look after burning it:

SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Burned in Pioneer BDR-2212 at 4x

The surface looks smooth and identical to the 6x and 8x burns.

Quality Scans

We’ll see how well this disc burned in this drive:

From the above scans, we can see that burning at 4x brings better results except on the layer break, which is worse than the 6x burn. The LiteOn and LG scans maintained good numbers on the first and second layer, but the increase in the layer break is unexpected. The disc, however, is still completely readable with no slowdowns.

Conclusion

While the Pioneer BDR-2212 can also burn this disc at 4x, we have to be careful about the burn quality around the layer break. It seems it is better to burn these discs at 6x in this drive to get an optimum burn.

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive at 6x

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive at 6x

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see how well the Pioneer BDR-2212 can burn the SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Discs at a speed of 6x:

SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB on Pioneer BDR-2212

This drive can burn these discs at up to 8x but we will focus burning it at 6x this time:

SpeedX BD-R DL Pioneer BDR-2212 6x 2

The burning process was successful:

Data verification was also successful:

Here’s how the disc surface look after burning it:

SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Burned in Pioneer BDR-2212 at 6x

The surface looks smooth and identical to the 8x burn.

Quality Scans

We’ll see how well this disc burned in this drive:

From the above scans, we can once again see that the LG drive scanned the disc better. It did present a bit of elevated numbers once it was reaching almost the end of the first layer, and it reports a bit of high numbers at the start of the 2nd layer. The scan on the LiteOn drive also shows the elevated numbers in the layer break and the rest of the 2nd layer scanned good. The disc is completely readable with no slowdowns.

Conclusion

The Pioneer BDR-2212 can also burn this disc reliably at 6x. The numbers are a bit less than on the 8x burn which should make the disc work better on sensitive drives. The difference between the 6x and 8x burn is about 5 minutes, so you can choose this speed if you prefer a bit better quality burn over the 8x.

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive at 8x

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive at 8x

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see how well the Pioneer BDR-2212 can burn the SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Discs:

SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB on Pioneer BDR-2212

This drive can burn these discs at up to 8x. We will be burning it at that speed:

SpeedX BD-R DL Pioneer BDR-2212 1

The burning process was successful:

Data verification was also successful:

Here’s how the disc surface look after burning it:

SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Burned in Pioneer BDR-2212 at 8x

The surface looks smooth altough with the usual dark part of these discs.

Quality Scans

We’ll see how well this disc burned in this drive:

From the above scans, we can see that the LG drive scanned the disc better. The Pioneer drive always seem to do a better burn at the 2nd layer than at the first one. Regardless, the LG drive did report higher numbers just at the moment of the layer break. Even through the LiteOn drive scanned worst the first layer, the disc is completely readable with no slowdowns.

Conclusion

The Pioneer BDR-2212 can burn this disc reliably at 8x, but some drives may scan the disc worse than others, possibly due to its different optic mechanisms. An 8x burn takes about 25 to 30 minutes and the data verification takes about the same time. Overall, it takes about an hour to burn and verify these discs.

The Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale

The Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be seeing a replacement fan from Rangale for the Lenovo Y510p laptop. This is my 3nd replacement fan as 2 has already failed previously:

Lenovo Y510p replacement fans

The last replacement fan actually lasted a whole year, which at least was something. I’m not sure how long the new one will last, but we’ll see since it’s a different brand than the last 2. This fan also comes in a nice branded box, unlike the generic past one.

Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale 1

The fan is the only thing we have inside the box. It fits very nice and is wrapped on a plastic bag:

Here is the fan after taking it out of the bag:

Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale 6

Replacing the fan in this laptop is very easy. We simply need to take out the cover:

Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale 4

We then simply take out 3 small screws:

Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale 5

Here are the old and new fans side-by-side:

Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale 7

They are almost identical, with the fan being from the same brand. Finally, here’s the new fan installed:

Lenovo Y510p Replacement Fan from Rangale 8

So far, the laptop is working at optimum CPU speeds with no throttle. Only time will tell how long this fan will last.

You can get this fan at Amazon at the following link:

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB 3.0 Enclosure

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB 3.0 Enclosure

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m going to show you the UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB 3.0 Enclosure.

This is a Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Drive enclosure. It converts from SATA to USB 3.0. This is the standard USB model. UGREEN also has a USB-C version of this enclosure that I tested 2 years ago.

The packaging is small and straightforward. UGREEN always make some environmental friendly packages for their products:

We see the enclosure as soon as we open the box:

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB 3.0 Enclosure 3

We then have the instruction booklet below:

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB 3.0 Enclosure 4

The enclosure is very well protected:

Once it is taken out, it looks very similar to the USB-C model:

The difference being in that this just use a standard USB 3.0 Type B port:

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB 3.0 Enclosure 9
UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB-C enclosure 3

The drive accepts a SATA drive. A hard disk drive or a solid state drive will both work:

The included cable is just a short USB 3.0 cable. It is not a Y splitter cable:

Here I connected the enclosure to my PC:

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB 3.0 Enclosure 17

And I ran a quick benchmark on one of the drives. We can see it ran at USB 3.0 speeds. This disk is a bit slow, but the purpose of the enclosure is to reuse them until they finally die:

UGREEN 2.5 to USB 3.0 HDD SSD Enclosure

Conclusion

This Hard Disk Drive enclosure is excellent to use our internal hard disk drives and solid state drives as external drives. You can find this enclosure for $12 or less. It runs at USB 3.0 speeds which means we can make the most of the drive’s technical features. Overall, a nice addition to our daily workflow.

I had 6 drives without a case, so I got 6 of these:

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB 3.0 Enclosure 15

I then labeled them to identify them better:

UGREEN 2.5 HDD to USB 3.0 Enclosure 16

My smallest drive is a 120GB drive while the largest are 1TB drives. This is a great way to reuse old laptop’s hard drives.

You can get this enclosure on Amazon at the following link:

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive

Burning a SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Disc in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see how well the Panasonic UJ-260 can burn the SpeedX BD-R DL 50GB Discs:

This drive can burn these discs at up to 4x:

SpeedX BD-R DL Panasonic UJ-260 1

The burning process was successful and reached the 4x speed:

Data verification was also successful:

Here’s how the disc surface look after burning it:

SpeedX BD-R DL 5

We can see the 2 regions: 2x and 4x, as this drive burns these using a Z-CLV method.

Quality Scans

We’ll see how well this disc burned in this drive:

From the above scans, we can see that both drives reported similar numbers. Overall, a great burn.

When the drive fails burning

It seems the Panasonic drive has some issues with this media code. Similar to the Philips BD-R DL 50GB discs, these may also fail sometimes. My experience was positive for the most part, but it may still do a bad burn.

SpeedX Failed Disc Panasonic UJ-260

Conclusion

While this drive is able to burn these discs, you may get a bad burn every now and then. It seems the drive doesn’t like these discs sometimes, but when it does, it produces a good burn. I’m not sure what may trigger the bad burns, but I guess it may be quality issues and the drive not able to do a proper power calibration. It may also be due to some dark spots in the discs, similar to the spots in the Philips discs. If you’re going to use this drive, keep this in mind.

The AINOPE 10-feet Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable

The AINOPE 10-feet Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be seeing the AINOPE 10-feet Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable. This is a USB 3.0 extension cable that has a built-in chip that is supposed to improve the signal to prevent transmission issues. It is why it’s called an active cable. The purpose is that we can have a longer USB cable without any negative issues.

This cable comes in a simple packaging which a lot of cable words in it:

Inside, we have the cable in a plastic bag:

AINOPE Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable 10FT 3

The first impressions are that the cable seem to be well made:

AINOPE Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable 10FT 4

The USB female connector side is bigger and larger than usual extension cables since there is where the chip is located. I’m not sure what exact model it uses, but the item description specifies it is an NXP chip (Another competing product specifies that its cable uses a PTN36241B chip):

AINOPE Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable 10FT 5

The male plug is pretty much normal:

AINOPE Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable 10FT 6

I plugged this cable and so far it seems to be doing the job:

AINOPE Active USB 3.0 Extension Cable 10FT 7

The Story behind this purchase

I posted about several hubs I got lately, specifically the Sabrent 10-port and Rosonway 7-port USB hubs. I also have a UGREEN 4-port USB 3.0 hub and a 6-feet UGREEN USB 3.0 extension cable. My setup is seemed to be working great, but suddenly I started having some USB Semaphore Timeout issues that would cause a USB port reset. Whenever I tried to reconnect the cable, Windows would report a Code 31 “Request not supported” Error. Just to try to find the cause of it, I got this cable, but the issue continued happening. Because of this, I know the cause is not this cable, as the issue happens with the other one too. The issue seems to not be the new hubs, as I swapped it and it still happened. Now, my system uses an AMD X570 chipset which is known to have USB issues. I do think there may be some chipset compatibility issues between my system and the hubs. Swapping ports did not help either, and both the front and back panels seem to suffer from this issue. I’m still investigating this, but I can say that this cable is working properly.

Conclusion

This cable offers a 10-feet length that is good if we want to connect something that’s far away from our computers. The build quality seem to be good except for the female connector, where the case is made by plastic, but the connectors itself feels solid. It’s also cheap, so you can get it and improve your workstation setup.

Get this cable on Amazon at the following link:

The SpeedX BD-R DL discs

The SpeedX BD-R DL discs

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be seeing the SpeedX BD-R DL discs. I got these on eBay last month. They are dual layer Blu-Ray discs that can hold up to 50GB and can be officially burned at up to 6x:

These have a White Inkjet Printable surface:

SpeedX BD-R DL 3

On the bottom side, they look similar to the Philips BD-R DL discs I reviewed some time:

SpeedX BD-R DL 4

In fact, they have the same media code: CMCMAG-DI6-000. This means that SpeedX is sourcing their discs from CMC Magnetics.

SpeedX BD-R DL Panasonic UJ-260 1

In the next few posts, we’ll see how well these discs burn on some drives, and if the same story that happened with the Philips discs still happens here.

The Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub

The Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be seeing the Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, which I got alongside the Sabrent 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub to better organize my USB devices:

This USB hub comes with an average 24-Watt Power Supply. With it, we can power some USB devices like light portable hard drives, but don’t expect to power all USB ports. 5 Volts at 1 Amp per port would mean the entire hub would consume 35W which is over the 24W limit.

The hub presentation makes a good first impression. We first get the technical details:

Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub 4

We will then find the hub behind it fully protected:

Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub 5

Under it, we find the USB cable and power supply:

Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub 6

The power supply indeed is a 12V/2A adapter, so we get 24W in total:

Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub 7

Let’s take a closer look at the USB Hub:

This hub uses a USB Type B 3.0 connector. The power supply is of barrel type, like those of the hard disk drives. Each port has an LED on the other side of the hub.

This is the entire content we get:

Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub 10

Because of the low power output, I’m using this hub with USB devices that are not USB-Powered. Here we can see how the hub look with some devices connected to it:

Rosonway 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub 11

It has to be noted that this hub also works without connecting the power adapter, which is great if we intend to use it with already-powered USB devices. I have not experienced any issues as of yet.

You can buy this USB hub on Amazon at the following link: