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Updating the Pioneer DVR-XD09 Firmware

Updating the Pioneer DVR-XD09 Firmware

Hi everyone, Today, I’ll show you how to update the Pioneer DVR-XD09 firmware. This is important as firmware updates should improve the drive operation, including better reading and burning stability. This Pioneer DVR-XD09 drive came with the 1.02 firmware. The latest firmware available for this drive is 1.05. To download and update it, we first need to go to Pioneer’s optical drive firmware update download page. We will scroll down until we see the firmware file for our DVR-X09 drive….

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The Samsung SE-506 and the Pioneer DVR-XD09 also supports scanning discs

The Samsung SE-506 and the Pioneer DVR-XD09 also supports scanning discs

Hi everyone, After playing around with the Samsung SE-506 drive as well as the Pioneer DVR-XD09, they can both scan discs. The Samsung SE-506 being a Blu-Ray drive, can also scan those discs. This is great because it’s probably one of the very few slim drives that supports such feature. Unfortunately, the Pioneer DVR-XD09 cannot scan double layer DVDs. It simply stops scanning at the layer break and reports a massive spike of errors at that segment. However, it works…

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Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc in the LG GP96YB70 optical drive

Burning the PlexDisc DVD+R Disc in the LG GP96YB70 optical drive

Hi everyone, Today, we will be burning a PlexDisc DVD+R disc in the LG GP96YB70 external slim drive: This drive supports burning these discs at 4x and 8x. We will be burning it at 8x: This unit supports setting the DVD+R Book Type to DVD-ROM. This is useful as this can improve the disc compatibility with older drives: The drive was able to burn the disc successfully: And verified it correctly: The drive burns the disc in Constant Angular Velocity…

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The Samsung SE-506 External Blu-Ray Writer

The Samsung SE-506 External Blu-Ray Writer

Hi everyone, Today, we will see the Samsung SE-506 optical drive: This is an External Blu-Ray Writer that can burn CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray XL media. I could not find a data sheet with the supported write speeds. This drive is already discontinued. ImgBurn reports that the drive can read and burn all of the popular disc types: This drive is a standard slim tray-loading device: It uses a Micro USB connector: Here, we can see the optical mechanism:…

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The Pioneer DVR-XD09 External DVD Writer

The Pioneer DVR-XD09 External DVD Writer

Hi everyone, Today, we will see the Pioneer DVR-XD09 optical drive: This is an External DVD Writer that can burn the following media: CD-R and CD-RW at up to 24x DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW at up to 8x DVD+/-R DL at up to 6x DVD-RAM at up to 5x. ImgBurn reports that the drive cannot read and burn DVD-RAM, but it also has an issue where it cannot retrieve the buffer size. It also states it does not support Layer Jump…

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The LiteOn DS-8A5S supports SmartErase!

The LiteOn DS-8A5S supports SmartErase!

Hi everyone, I found out that the LiteOn DS-8A5S optical drive from the external Gear Head DVD Drive supports wiping CD-Rs and DVD+/-R (DL) discs with Lite-On’s SmartErase feature. SmartErase is a feature that some LiteOn drives have where it can destroy the data on CD-Rs and DVD+/-R (DL) discs to safely dispose of them. It works by overwriting the entire disc surface. I first came to use this feature on the Lite-On iHAP422 until I got the Lite-On iHAS524…

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The LiteOn DS-8A5S and LG GP96YB70 supports scanning discs

The LiteOn DS-8A5S and LG GP96YB70 supports scanning discs

Hi everyone, Today, I’ll show 2 scans from the previous post where I burned a PlexDisc DVD+R in the LiteOn DU-8A5LH. These scans are from the LiteOn DS-8A5S and from the newer LG GP96YB70. While the LiteOn doesn’t come as a surprise, the LG does, since most of their drives do not support performing quality scans. As an expansion of the previous post, here are the quality scans: LiteOn DS-8A5S LG GP96YB70 We already saw that this disc was a…

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The LG Ultra Slim Portable Blu-Ray Writer, Model BP50NB40

The LG Ultra Slim Portable Blu-Ray Writer, Model BP50NB40

Hi everyone, Today, we will be looking at the LG Ultra Slim Portable Blu-Ray Writer, Model BP50NB40 I brought about a year ago: This is a portable ultra slim CD, DVD and Blu-Ray writer. It can burn BD-R and BD-R DL at up to 6x, BD-R XL (BDXL) at up to 4X, and BD-RE and BD-RE DL at up to 2x. For DVDs, it can burn DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW at up to 8x, DVD+/-R DL at up to 6x and…

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The HP version of the LG GT80N Slim Optical Drive

The HP version of the LG GT80N Slim Optical Drive

Hi everyone, Today, I will show you the HP version of the LG GT80N Slim Internal Optical Drive: This drive can burn CDs and DVDs and offer fast speeds up to 24x for CD-R and 8x for DVD+/-R discs. It uses a SATA connection: This drive can handle all of the CD and DVD varieties available: The only thing we can’t change is the DVD+R (DL) Book Type setting. Some drives already does this behind-the-scene while burning it, so we…

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The LiteOn DU-8A5LH Ultra Slim 9.5mm Optical Drive

The LiteOn DU-8A5LH Ultra Slim 9.5mm Optical Drive

Hi everyone, Today, I will show you the LiteOn DU-8A5LH Ultra Slim 9.5mm Internal Optical Drive: This drive can burn CDs and DVDs and offer fast speeds up to 24x for CD-R and 8x for DVD+/-R discs. It uses a SATA connection: The only DVD type it cannot handle is DVD-RAM. This may be because this disc type is now discontinued: Here is a look at the internal drive mechanism: The Optical Pickup Unit (OPU) is similar to those from…

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