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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.

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 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.

Burning a Verbatim BDXL 100GB Disc in the Panasonic UJ-260

Burning a Verbatim BDXL 100GB Disc in the Panasonic UJ-260

Hi everyone,

In this post, we will see how well a Verbatim BDXL 100GB disc is burned in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive.

This drive can burn these discs at just 2x:

ImgBurn Panasonic UJ260 1

I used ImgBurn to burn a disc to its maximum. It took 3 hours to get it burned, but it was successful:

The disc verification took 2 hours, as the drive switches between 2x and 4x while it reads. It was successful too:

The disc surface looks very smooth:

Verbatim BDXL Burned on Panasonic UJ-260

Quality Scan

The only drive that I currently have that is capable of scanning BDXL media is the LG WH16NS58. This drive reported an increase of numbers at the start of the 2nd layer and at the end of the 3rd one:

Verbatim VERBAT-IMk-000 Panasonic UJ-260 Disc 1 Quality Scan

I burned another disc in this drive too, and the LG scan was similar, but the numbers on those 2 spikes were about the half:

Verbatim VERBAT-IMk-000 Panasonic UJ-260 Disc 2 Quality Scan

The disc is completely readable regardless of those spikes and no slowdowns occurs either.

Conclusion

The Panasonic UJ-260 can successfully burn these discs. It is very slow, at just 2x, taking 3 hours to fully burn a disc. The verification is a bit faster, taking 2 hours. This also means that whenever we want to read back the entire disc in this drive, it will take 2 hours to do so.

The quality scans are questionable, as the discs could be read back properly without any issues. This is the only drive that can scan these discs.

If you don’t mind waiting 5 hours in total for the whole burning session, feel free to use this drive for your backup needs.

You can buy these discs and the drive on Amazon at the following links:

Burning a ValueDisc 25GB Blu-Ray Disc in the LiteOn iHBS112 drive

Burning a ValueDisc 25GB Blu-Ray Disc in the LiteOn iHBS112 drive

Hi everyone,

In this post, we will see how well the LiteOn iHBS112 drive burn a ValueDisc 25GB BD-R disc:

This drive allows us to burn these discs at up to 10x:

CMCMAG-BA5-000 on LiteOn iHBS112 1

I used Nero Express to initiate the burn at the maximum speed of 10x:

The disc was burned and verified successfully:

Here is how the disc surface looks after burning in this drive:

ValueDisc BD-R 25GB Burned on LiteOn iHBS112 at 10x

The surface seem to have a ring in it, and altough it cannot be seen clearly, more to the outer part of the disc, it has some clouds.

Quality Scan

Both the LiteOn and LG results would be great if it wasn’t for that spike at the 20GB mark. I’m not sure whether it is intentional or is related to the disc, but given how this drive seem to have a spike at 18GB on Ritek’s SmartBuy 25GB discs, I’m pretty sure this may be an issue with the drive not burning these discs properly. The rest of the scan is very good for the speed we used to burn it.

Reading back the data is successful on different drives regardless of this spike.

CMCMAG-BA5-000 on LiteOn iHBS112 13

The LG drive read it back successfully.

The Panasonic UJ260 also read the disc back fine without any read errors.

Conclusion

The LiteOn iHBS112 seem to have very good results at burning these discs at 10x, but presents us with a spike at the 20GB mark. This spike is present on both drives, meaning that it wasn’t burned properly, altough the data can be read properly on my drives.

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

Burning a ValueDisc 25GB Blu-Ray Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive – Part 3

Burning a ValueDisc 25GB Blu-Ray Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive – Part 3

Hi everyone,

In this post, we will see how well the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive can burn a ValueDisc 25GB BD-R disc at a speed of 4x.

I used ImgBurn again to do the burn process:

The disc was burned and verified successfully:

Here is how the surface looks when burned at 4x in this drive:

ValueDisc 25GB BD-R Burned Surface on Pioneer BDR-2212 at 4x

The surface, once again, looks very smooth. No rings are present in the disc, similar to the 6x and 12x burns.

Quality Scan

The disc scanned better in the LiteOn drive than the 6x burn and definitely way better than the 12x burn. On the LG drive, the results are mostly similar to the 6x burn, and similarly to the latter, it is an improvement over the 12x burn.

Conclusion

At 4x, we get a burn that is similar to the 6x results. The LiteOn drive tolerates it better now, while the LG drive seem to consider it similar to the 6x burn. Both scans are better result than when the disc is burned at 12x. The time it takes to burn the disc at this speed is 24 minutes or less. Given that the LG drive didn’t show an improvement, we can be safe to use the 6x speed on these discs without a quality penalty, but the LiteOn drive still agrees this is a better burn.

You can purchase these discs and the Pioneer drive on Amazon at the following links:

Burning a ValueDisc 25GB Blu-Ray Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive – Part 2

Burning a ValueDisc 25GB Blu-Ray Disc in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive – Part 2

Hi everyone,

In this post, we will see how well the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive can burn a ValueDisc 25GB BD-R disc at a speed of 6x.

This time, I used ImgBurn to initiate the burn:

The disc was burned and verified successfully:

Here is how the surface looks when burned at 6x in this drive:

ValueDisc 25GB BD-R Burned Surface on Pioneer BDR-2212 at 6x

The surface looks very smooth. Overall, this drive seems to burn Blu-Ray discs with really smooth-looking surface.

Quality Scan

The disc scanned better than the 12x burn. The numbers are lower, but still not at the amount that the Panasonic drive can offer for this speed. We can also see that the LG tolerated it better than the LiteOn drive.

Conclusion

At 6x, we get a better result than when the disc is burned at 12x. The time it takes to burn the disc is increased by about 5 more minutes, taking 15 to 18 minutes to burn it (This compilation had several .mpd files so the drive was stopping frequently while the buffers recovered, taking a bit more to burn). If you don’t mind taking a few more minutes, you can reliably use this speed with these discs in this drive.

You can purchase these discs and the Pioneer drive on Amazon at the following links: