Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc on the Optiarc AD-7740H

Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc on the Optiarc AD-7740H

Hi everyone,

Today, we’ll see how well the PlexDisc DVD+R discs that I showed you yesterday burns in the Optiarc AD-7740H.

This is a drive I took out from a Lenovo laptop that’s now part of my optical drive collection.

Optiarc AD-7740H 4

I already have an Optiarc AD-7561A from a very old HP laptop, so this is actually my 2nd Optiarc drive.

Optiarc AD-7740H 5
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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 OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7740H 1

The drive burned the disc using a CAV strategy, starting at about 3.3x and gradually going up until reaching 8x:

The disc was burned and verified successfully:

The disc surface looks very smooth, wit no “donut rings”:

PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk 10

Quality Scans

We’ll now see how well the disc burned in this drive by doing a surface quality scan on several drives.

LG WH16NS58

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7740H Quality Scan LG WH16NS58

LiteOn iHAS524

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7740H Quality Scan LiteOn iHAS524 A 4x

LiteOn iHBS112

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7740H Quality Scan LiteOn iHBS112 2 4x

Optiarc AD-7561A

Optiarc AD-7740H

The drive seem to only allow scans at 6x and 8x. Here’s the 6x scan:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7740H Quality Scan Optiarc AD-7740H 6x

And here’s the 8x scan:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7740H Quality Scan Optiarc AD-7740H 8x

Samsung SN-208AB

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7740H Quality Scan Samsung SN-208AB 4x

From all of the tests ago, we get the lowest PIE on the Samsung drive. The PIF were almost equal on all of the drives.

Conclusion

These discs seem to be reliable. The Optiarc drive managed to burn and verify it without any issues and the scans were really good on all drives. I’ll continue testing these discs on my other drives to see how well they burn.

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

The PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk spindle

The PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk spindle

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be looking at the PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk spindle I got on December 2020.

These discs are manufactured by Optodisc Taiwan. These discs can be burned at up to 16x but some recorders may offer speeds higher than this.

PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk 4

This spindle contains 100 discs:

PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk 5

They are logo top branded.

The bottom side has a purple color, as expected on Recordable DVD media:

PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk 8

In the inner ring, they have an Optodisc identifier:

PlexDisc DVD+R 100pk 9

In my next post, we’ll see how well these discs burn.

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

Introducing HEIC To JPG Converter

Introducing HEIC To JPG Converter

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m pleased to announce the first version of my HEIC To JPG Converter tool.

HEIC to JPG v0.1

This is a simple tool that will convert your HEIC images and photos to the more common and supported JPEG format. In today’s world, newer phones can take advantage of the HEIC image codec that will save you space, theatrically, but it’s also true that JPEG is still the dominant format whereas HEIC still have limited support. This is why I wrote this tool.

Before deciding to write this tool, I was using CopyTrans HEIC for Windows, but for some reason, it failed to convert some files to JPEG. With my tool, which makes use of ImageMagick in the backend, it is now possible to convert all of my HEIC files while also retaining its metadata.

Another advantage of this tool is the ability to choose how many CPU threads to use. Converting HEIC files to JPEG is costly and sometimes even using all of the CPU threads may cause your PC to freeze momentarily. CopyTrans HEIC for Windows does not allow me to setup the amount of CPU threads to use, but with my tool this is entirely possible.

You can give this tool a try by downloading it from GitHub. Click here to download.

I really hope this tool works well for all of you. I tested it with HEIC photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and S21 Ultra.

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – May 25th, 2021

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – May 25th, 2021

Hi everyone,

Today is the last Tuesday of May 2021. This week, we got 4 movies on DVD and 1 on Blu-Ray and 4K UHD. Let’s see them below:

Movies added

DVD

Blu-Ray

4K UHD

Also, on Friday, we got Raya and the Last Dragon on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Movies that can no longer be reserved

DVD

  • American Animals
  • Book Club (2018)
  • Damascus Cover
  • Deadpool 2
  • Freedom Fighters: The Ray
  • Tag
  • The Debt Collector
  • The Last Warrior
  • The Little Vampire (2017)
  • Upgrade
  • Woman Walks Ahead

Blu-Ray

  • Book Club (2018)
  • Deadpool 2
  • Tag
  • Upgrade

4K UHD

  • Deadpool 2

Movies Coming Soon

May 28th

  • DVD: American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally

June 1st

  • DVD: Endangered Species
  • DVD: The Wacky Hen
  • DVD: Trigger Point
  • DVD: Boogie
  • DVD: The Courier (2021)

June 8th

  • DVD: Assault on VA-33
  • DVD: Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate’s Cove
  • DVD: Flashback
  • DVD: City Of Lies

June 11th

  • Blu-Ray: Rogue Hostage
  • DVD: Rogue Hostage

June 15th

  • Blu-Ray: Voyagers
  • DVD: Voyagers
  • DVD: French Exit
  • DVD: Rock Dog 2: Rock Around The Park
  • DVD: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones
  • Blu-Ray: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • 4K UHD: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • DVD: Godzilla vs. Kong

June 22nd

  • DVD: Night Of The Sicario
  • DVD: Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1
  • DVD: The Unholy
  • Blu-Ray: Nobody
  • 4K UHD: Nobody
  • DVD: Nobody

More upcoming releases

  • 4K UHD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • DVD: Separation
  • Blu-Ray: Wrath of Man
  • DVD: Wrath of Man
  • Blu-Ray: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • DVD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • Blu-Ray: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • DVD: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • Blu-Ray: Spiral
  • DVD: Spiral
  • Blu-Ray: Midnight in the Switch Grass
  • DVD: Midnight in the Switch Grass
  • Blu-Ray: A Quiet Place Part II
  • 4K UHD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • DVD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • Blu-Ray: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
  • DVD: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Unboxing Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition for Nintendo Switch

Unboxing Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition for Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

Today, we will be looking at Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition for the Nintendo Switch.

I got this game because I loved playing The Tower SP back on the days of the Gameboy Advance:

Then came the Nintendo DS and it got The Tower DS, but only in Japan. Coming forward to the present day, we got Project Highrise, which was released for several platforms.

Project Highrise is basically an adaption of the original SimTower game, of which both The Tower SP and The Tower DS were also based of. This means that we get the SimTower experience on the Nintendo Switch.

The box is wonderfully designed with several buildings. The back of it has some screenshots which looks very familiar to those who played the previously mentioned games.

Project Highrise Architect's Edition Nintendo Switch 3

Inside it’s a different story. Just the limited warranty as well as technical support information. We also have the came cart on the other side.

Like the game box, the cart design has some buildings. Finally, this is the game design when inserted in the Nintendo Switch:

Project Highrise Architect's Edition Nintendo Switch 6

I’ll definitely be playing this game and build an awesome tower.

You can buy this game on Amazon at the following link:

Unboxing Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch

Unboxing Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

On Friday, May 21, 2021, Nintendo released Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch. This is a remaster of the original Miitopia for the Nintendo 3DS released back in 2017.

Honestly, I never played Miitopia on the 3DS, so I hope to play this game and experience it myself. This is why I pre-ordered it some time ago and finally got it on Friday.

The box presents us with different Mii characters in different situations. The back of the box shows us a description of the game.

Miitopia Nintendo Switch 3

Inside we have a simple graphic with several Mii characters, and of course, we have the game cart.

The game cart is very simple with just the game logo.

Miitopia Nintendo Switch 6

This concludes this game unboxing. Next month, we’ll see Game Builder Garage and Mario Golf: Super Rush:

See you next time!

You can get Miitopia for the Nintendo Switch at the following link:

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – May 18th, 2021

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – May 18th, 2021

Hi everyone,

Today is the third Tuesday of May 2021. This week, we got 5 movies on DVD and 1 on Blu-Ray. Let’s see them below:

Movies added

DVD

Blu-Ray

Movies that can no longer be reserved

DVD

  • Action Point
  • Blackwater
  • Bleeding Steel
  • Demons
  • First Reformed
  • Fogg: Diary of a Sociopath
  • Gehenna: Where Death Lives
  • God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
  • Jason Bourne
  • Show Dogs
  • Storks
  • West of Hell

Blu-Ray

  • Action Point
  • Jason Bourne
  • Show Dogs

Movies Coming Soon

May 21th

  • Blu-Ray: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • DVD: Raya and the Last Dragon

May 25th

  • DVD: American Fighter
  • DVD: Hunted (2021)
  • DVD: The Rookies
  • Blu-Ray: Chaos Walking
  • 4K UHD: Chaos Walking
  • DVD: Chaos Walking

May 28th

  • DVD: American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally

June 1st

  • DVD: Endangered Species
  • DVD: The Wacky Hen
  • DVD: Trigger Point
  • DVD: Boogie
  • DVD: The Courier (2021)

June 8th

  • DVD: Assault on VA-33
  • DVD: Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate’s Cove
  • DVD: Flashback
  • DVD: City Of Lies

June 11th

  • Blu-Ray: Rogue Hostage
  • DVD: Rogue Hostage

June 15th

  • Blu-Ray: Voyagers
  • DVD: Voyagers
  • DVD: French Exit
  • DVD: Rock Dog 2: Rock Around The Park
  • DVD: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones
  • Blu-Ray: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • 4K UHD: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • DVD: Godzilla vs. Kong

More upcoming releases

  • DVD: Night Of The Sicario
  • Blu-Ray: Nobody
  • 4K UHD: Nobody
  • DVD: Nobody
  • 4K UHD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • DVD: Separation
  • Blu-Ray: Wrath of Man
  • DVD: Wrath of Man
  • Blu-Ray: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • DVD: Mortal Kombat (2021)
  • Blu-Ray: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • DVD: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • Blu-Ray: Spiral
  • DVD: Spiral
  • Blu-Ray: A Quiet Place Part II
  • 4K UHD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • DVD: A Quiet Place Part II
Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – May 11th, 2021

Movies added, removed, and coming soon at Redbox – May 11th, 2021

Hi everyone,

Today is the second Tuesday of May 2021. This week, we got 6 movies on DVD and 1 on Blu-Ray. Let’s see them below:

Movies added

DVD

Blu-Ray

Back Again

DVD

  • A Quiet Place
  • Life of the Party

Blu-Ray

  • A Quiet Place
  • Life of the Party

4K UHD

  • A Quiet Place

Movies that can no longer be reserved

DVD

  • 2036 Origin Unknown
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bad Company
  • Higher Power
  • Shock and Awe
  • The Bad Nun
  • The China Salesman
  • The Hollow Child
  • The Yellow Birds

Blu-Ray

  • Avengers: Infinity War

4K UHD

  • Avengers: Infinity War

Movies Coming Soon

May 18th

  • DVD: Minari
  • DVD: Above Suspicion
  • DVD: Son (2021)
  • DVD: The Father
  • Blu-Ray: Tom & Jerry
  • DVD: Tom & Jerry

May 21th

  • Blu-Ray: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • DVD: Raya and the Last Dragon

May 25th

  • DVD: American Fighter
  • DVD: Hunted (2021)
  • DVD: The Rookies
  • Blu-Ray: Chaos Walking
  • 4K UHD: Chaos Walking
  • DVD: Chaos Walking

May 28th

  • DVD: American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally

June 1st

  • DVD: Endangered Species
  • DVD: The Wacky Hen
  • DVD: Trigger Point
  • DVD: Boogie
  • DVD: The Courier (2021)

June 8th

  • DVD: Assault on VA-33
  • DVD: Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate’s Cove
  • DVD: Flashback
  • DVD: City Of Lies

More upcoming releases

  • Blu-Ray: Voyagers
  • DVD: Voyagers
  • Blu-Ray: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • 4K UHD: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • DVD: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • DVD: Night Of The Sicario
  • Blu-Ray: Nobody
  • 4K UHD: Nobody
  • DVD: Nobody
  • Blu-Ray: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • DVD: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
  • Blu-Ray: Spiral
  • DVD: Spiral
  • Blu-Ray: A Quiet Place Part II
  • 4K UHD: A Quiet Place Part II
  • DVD: A Quiet Place Part II
Burning the PlexDisc CD-R discs on some Slim IDE drives

Burning the PlexDisc CD-R discs on some Slim IDE drives

Hi everyone,

Today, we’ll see how well my 3 optical IDE slim drives handles the PlexDisc 700MB CD-R discs. The units we’ll be testing against this disc are the Optiarc AD-7561A, Teach DW-224E-C, and the Toshiba SD-R6252.

Toshiba SD-R6252

Let’s start with the Toshiba SD-R6252. You may recall this drive failed to burn successfully the Verbatim CD-RW some time ago.

The drive detects the disc just fine and gives us a burning speed of up to 16x:

PlexDisc CD-R on TOSHIBA ODD-DVD SD-R6252

Starting to burn the disc in “Test Mode” appears to be fine:

But ultimately gives errors when burning it for real:

Interestingly, the drive either thinks the disc is blank afterwards or can’t recover the Table of Content (TOC):

Result: Failure

TEAC DW-224E-C

Because the disc is reported as “Empty” on the Toshiba drive, I’ll give it another go. There’s 2 things that can happen here: The first one is that it actually writes the data, and the second one is that it overwrites already written data, making a junk disc. This disc, however, visually looked like there was no data written in it, therefore, I assume the Toshiba laser is worn out and does not have the required power to actually write any data.

ImgBurn is unable to report writing speeds on the Teac drive, for some reason:

PlexDisc CD-R on TEAC DW-224E-C Failed Burned Toshiba Disc 2

However, it can be written at up to 24x in this drive. Test mode was successful in it:

And so was the real burn, but it never actually went up to 24x. Instead, it stayed at around 17x:

Result: Success!

Optiarc AD-7561A

ImgBurn reports a maximum burning speed of up to 24x:

PlexDisc CD-R on Optiarc AD-7561A

Test mode was successful:

And again, so was the real burn:

Result: Success!

Quality Scans

Next, we’ll scan the discs on a variety of drives to verify how well they were burned.

Disc burned in the TEAC DW-224E-C drive

Scanned on the LG WH16NS58:

PlexDisc CD-R on TEAC DW-224E-C Scanned on LG WH16NS58 Graph

Scanned on the LiteOn iHAS524 A:

Scanned on the LiteOn iHBS112 2:

Scanned on the Optiarc AD-7561A:

Scanned on the Pioneer BDR-2212. This drive has issues scanning CD-Rs:

Scanned on the Samsung SN-208AB. This drive always reports 0 C1 and C2 errors. It seems it can’t scan CD-Rs:

Disc burned in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive

Scanned on the LG WH16NS58:

PlexDisc CD-R on Optiarc AD7561A Scanned on LG WH16NS58 Graph

Scanned on the LiteOn iHAS524 A:

Scanned on the LiteOn iHBS112 2:

Scanned on the Optiarc AD-7561A:

Scanned on the Pioneer BDR-2212. This drive has issues scanning CD-Rs:

Scanned on the Samsung SN-208AB. This drive always reports 0 C1 and C2 errors. It seems it can’t scan CD-Rs:

Conclusion

Unfortunately, my Toshiba drive could not write them. However, the TEAC and Optiarc drives can successfully burn these discs flawlessly and provides good quality burns. I’d recommend this media for your data and music storage needs. It is very cheap and proved to work well on these old drives.

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