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Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive

Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see how well a SmartBuy DVD+R DL disc burn in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive.

This unit supports burning these discs at a speed of 2.4x and 4x. This post will focus on a disc burned at 4x.

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A ImgBurn 1

Burning the disc seem to have gone well:

While in the very first image I realized it doesn’t show the burning speed, it was actually burning at 2.4x. Same as the last image, since the drive burns in 2 zones, using the Z-CLV strategy. The rest of the discs burned at a constant 3.8x speed.

The disc verification was successful:

This is how the disc surface looks after burning:

SmartBuy DVD+R DL Burned Surface 4x Optiarc AD-7561A

You can see there are 2 visible zones in the disc, which are the 2.4x and 4x zones.

Quality Scans

We will now see some disc quality scans from the above disc. All of the scans are performed at a speed of 4x, except in the Optiarc AD-7561A and AD-7740H drives, and in the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive.

LiteOn iHAS524 A

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan LiteOn iHAS524 4xPNG

This is a very good scan with only a few elevated numbers in the 2nd layer.

LiteOn iHBS112 2

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan LiteOn iHBS112 4xPNG

This drive always seem to scan the PIF correctly but reports a lot of error in the PIE.

LG WH16NS58

SmartBuy RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A LG WH16NS58

Numbers similar to the LiteOn iHAS524 drive, except the PIE are a bit higher by a few numbers.

Optiarc AD-7561A

This drive always reports elevated numbers.

Optiarc AD-7740H

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan Optiarc AD-7740H

Elevated PIE numbers here, but the PIF numbers appears to be fine.

Samsung SN-208AB

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan Samsung SN-208AB 4xPNG

Another good result.

Pioneer BDR-2212

RITEK-S04-66 Optiarc AD-7561A Quality Scan Pioneer BDR-2212

Unfortunately, this drive is not suitable to scan DVD+R DL media, but the disc itself is readable. This drive always fails in the layer break when scanning this type of disc.

Conclusion

As we can see, the Optiarc AD-7561A is a great drive to burn these discs. It will do it without any issues and will verify correctly. The disc also scanned with good results in all drives when we take into account the PIF numbers. All of the drives reports different numbers for the PIE, especially in the 2nd layer. However, we can conclude that this is a good burn taking into account the PIF numbers alone.

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

Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc on the Optiarc AD-7561A

Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc on the Optiarc AD-7561A

Hi everyone,

Today, we’ll take a look at how the PlexDisc DVD+R discs burns in the Optiarc AD-7561A drive.

We will be using ImgBurn again 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-7561A 1

The drive burned the disc using a Z-CLV strategy, starting at 2.4x, and jumping to 4x, 6x, and 8x:

The disc appeared to have burnt fine, but the quality results seem to point out the drive is unable to burn a reliable disc at 8x:

It seems to be able to burn fine at the 2.4x and 4x regions, but once it goes to 6x and 8x, the burn quality is bad. Surprisingly, however, the disc was able to be read on the burning verification stage.

Burning at 4x

I retried burning the disc at 4x to see if it would produce a better burn, given that the 2.4x and 4x regions scanned well.

The disc burned in Z-CLV at 2.4x and then at 4x. It verified properly.

Quality Scans

We’ll now see how well the disc burned in this drive at 4x by doing a surface quality scan on several drives.

LiteOn iHAS524

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7561A 4x Scan iHAS524 4x

LiteOn iHBS112

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7561A 4x Scan iHBS112 4x

Optiarc AD-7561A

Samsung SN-208AB

The disc was scanned at 4x:

PlexDisc OPTODISC-R16-00 Optiarc AD-7561A 4x Scan Samsung SN-208AB 4x

As we can see, the burn quality is definitely better.

Conclusion

The Optiarc drive seems to be able to burn these discs reliably at the 2.4x and 4x speeds. Burning at 6x and 8x produces a bad burn at those regions.

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

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 M Way External DVD Drive Teardown

The M Way External DVD Drive Teardown

Hi everyone,

In this post, I will be tearing down the M Way External DVD Drive.

This is a slim external CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo drive that can read and write CDs but can only read DVDs.

Let’s begin with the teardown.

First, we must remove 2 screws that are found on the back to open the drive enclosure:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 1

We can then open the enclosure:

We can see the DVD drive along with the board and USB Cable. We can also see that it seems that the USB cable is not actually soldered to the board.

Removing the DVD drive from the enclosure, we can see that the cable is in fact a Mini USB cable. This means the cable is not an actual USB 3.0 cable:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 4

The fact that the cable is not soldered to the board is good news for us since we could replace it if the original cable goes bad or we want to use another cable.

On the back of the drive, we can take a closer look at the USB board:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 5

Taking it off reveals a nice surprise:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 6

The board is a USB to PATA/IDE adapter. This is interesting and somewhat makes sense, since the drive is just a CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive, and back in the days, we could see tons of CD writers for laptops. It uses the Initio INIC-1511 IC.

Here, we can see the PATA/IDE conector of the drive:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 7

I decided to take off the sticker that it has on the top, revealing something more:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 8

The included TEAC DW-224E-C drive was manufactured in November 2005. This could mean they are recycling old DVD drives or using refurbished drives. If this is true, this is good news for the environment, since they are repurposing drives that are in working conditions.

Here, I have the original drive connected to my computer without the enclosure:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 9

Because the drive is basically an internal drive on an IDE to USB enclosure, we should be able to use it with other drives. I tested it with an old Optiarc AD-7561A drive. This drive is a CD/DVD writer with Lightscribe technology, which I haven’t used it for years:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - 10

When I connected the drive to the board, and to the computer, it recognized it without any issues:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - Optiarc Device Manager

And here we can see its capabilities as reported by ImgBurn:

M Way External DVD Drive - Colorful Flame Pattern - Teardown - Optiarc Capabilities

The Optiarc drive still works after a lot of years of not using it. This also means that we should be able to use other PATA/IDE drives with this particular USB board and exchange the original drive if it ever goes bad.

That’s basically it for this teardown. If you’re interested in getting this CD-RW/DVD drive, you can get it on Amazon here.