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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:

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 SmartBuy BD-RE 25GB discs and burning it in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive

The SmartBuy BD-RE 25GB discs and burning it in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see the SmartBuy BD-RE 25GB disc. This is a rewritable, single-layer Blu-Ray disc that can hold up to 25GB of data. Rewritable discs are the slowest Blu-Ray media available, only allowing them to be burnt at up to 2x speed. This is my first time using a rewritable Blu-Ray disc, so we’ll see how it performs in my Panasonic UJ-260 drive.

The discs comes in a 10-disc spindle:

Similar to the SmartBuy BD-R 25GB discs, these also have a blue top surface:

SmartBuy BD-RE 25GB RITEK-BW1-001 3

The data side also has a dark blue color:

SmartBuy BD-RE 25GB RITEK-BW1-001 4

Burning the disc in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive

My favorite Blu-Ray burner drive is the Panasonic UJ-260 drive. So I’ll be burning a disc in that drive. Since there was never an official DVD+/-RW DL (Double layer Rewritable DVD discs), these rewritable Blu-Ray discs are a great choice for when we need to temporarily hold data that would otherwise not fit on a standard DVD+/-RW discs. Examples are some Windows installation ISO files that can be a bit bigger than the standard 4.37GB size for a normal DVD disc.

I started ImgBurn and it reports that these discs have a media code of RITEK-BW1-001:

RITEK-BW1-001 Panasonic UJ260 1

We can also see that the only speed it supports is 2x for writing. There are no other speed variants for this type of discs. At 2x, burning a full 25GB (23.3GB on Windows) will take about 45 minutes. Luckily, the discs can be read at up to 6x in this drive, so reading data will definitely be faster, taking up to 22 to 25 minutes.

Before we start burning these discs, we can tweak ImgBurn to allow the disc to burn at its full speed or have some extra care while burning. These options are:

  • Prefer Format With Full Certification
  • Prefer Format Without Spare Areas
  • Prefer Properly Formatted Discs

Prefer Format Without Spare Areas will allow us to use the full disc size. If this is disabled, the disc will have spare areas which means a portion of the space cannot be used. This also enables or disables the Blu-Ray hardware defect management system. For these settings to take effect, we need to execute a Full Erase operation.

The other format options can increate the formatting time considerably, so if you want to get up and running, be sure to disable the first and last option. Otherwise, except ImgBurn to perform a full disc erase, taking a long time to do before the burn process actually stats.

One should also have the DVD-RAM / BD-RE FastWrite option enabled to allow the disc to burn at the full speed. In reality, my burns have been of varying speeds. Sometimes it will write at 2x, while other times it will simply write at 1x, regardless of these settings. It seems that ultimately, the drive takes control of what speed it will use, probably because of its power calibration, or maybe it sees something and the firmware decides to take control:

RITEK-BW1-001 Panasonic UJ260 Settings

Once we tweak ImgBurn, we can start burning a disc. It may ask us to format or erase the disc, to which will permit the software to do. Once erased or formatted, the software will burn the disc. This drive was able to successfully burn this disc at the full 2x speed:

And the verification was also successful:

This is how the burned disc looks like:

SmartBuy BD-RE 25GB RITEK-BW1-001 5

Conclusion

These discs looks like an excellent media to burn temporary data, like Windows installation discs when we need to reinstall the operating system, given that nowadays some images can be bigger than what a single-layer DVD can hold. The Panasonic UJ-260 drive identified, burned and verified the disc correctly. Ritek seems to be doing great discs, which SmartBuy sells, and these are an example. The surface looks smooth and seems of top quality.

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

Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive

Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive

Hi everyone,

Today, we will see how well a SmartBuy DVD+R DL disc burn in the Panasonic UJ-260 drive:

This unit supports burning these discs at a speed of 2.4x and 6x. This post will focus on a disc burned at 6x.

Smartbuy DVD+R DL RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ-260 Burning 1

Burning the disc seem to have gone well:

This drive burns dual layer discs using a Z-CLV strategy. It starts burning at 2.4x, then increasing the speed to 4x, and finally reaching 6x. On the second layer, it does the opposite, starting at 6x, then going to 4x, and finally dropping to 2.4x.

The disc verification was successful:

This is how the disc surface looks after burning:

SmartBuy DVD+R DL Burned Surface 6x Panasonic UJ-260

You can see there are 3 visible zones in the disc, which are the 2.4x, 4x and 6x zones. It makes the impression that there may be more zones, but this may be because of the dual layer and how the writer writes the second layer.

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, which does not support setting the read speed, and the AD-7740H, which only scans at 6x and 8x.

LiteOn iHAS524 A

Smartbuy DVD+R DL RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ-260 Scan Optiarc LiteOn iHAS524

This is a very good scan with only a few elevated numbers in the 2nd layer and a spike in the PIE at the layer break.

LiteOn iHBS112 2

Smartbuy DVD+R DL RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ-260 Scan Optiarc LiteOn iHBS112

This drive always seem to scan the PIF correctly but reports a lot of error in the PIE. There is a spike in the layer break for both the PIE and PIF reported in this drive.

LG WH16NS58

SmartBuy RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ260 LG WH16NS58

Numbers similar to the LiteOn iHAS524 drive, except the PIE are a bit higher at the end. It also reports a spike in the PIE numbers at the layer break.

Optiarc AD-7561A

This drive always reports elevated numbers. At about the 5.5GB mark, there seems to be a PIF spike.

Optiarc AD-7740H

Smartbuy DVD+R DL RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ-260 Scan Optiarc AD-7740H

Elevated PIE numbers at the second layer, and a spike in the layer break.

Samsung SN-208AB

Smartbuy DVD+R DL RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ-260 Scan Samsung SN-208AB

A good result. There is no spike reported in the layer break, but it is in the PIE.

Conclusion

The Panasonic UJ-260 has been one of my favorite drives when it comes to writing Blu-Ray discs. I recently started to use it to burn DVD+R discs for archival purposes and it seems to do the job well done. The only issue seems to be at the layer break that some drives can detect. Since only a few drives see this, I can’t say for sure that the disc is a bad burn. The Panasonic drive itself verified it correctly and the other drives can read it fine as well. Therefore, it seems to have done the job correctly. On the other hand, this drive does not support DVD+R/DL bitsetting, so if you’re cool with that, this drive will work for you.

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

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:

The SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB 50 disc Spindle

The SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB 50 disc Spindle

Hi everyone,

Today, We’ll see the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB 50-disc spindle. SmartBuy is a subsidiary of Ritek Corporation.

These discs can hold up to 8.5GB of data and can be burned at up to 8x. These have a logo top:

On the data side, they have a dark purple color:

SmartBuy DVD+R DL 7

The Media Code of these discs is RITEK-S04-66:

Smartbuy DVD+R DL RITEK-S04-66 Panasonic UJ-260 Burning 1

In some of my next few posts, we’ll see how these discs burn and scan on some of my drives. Look forward to them!

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 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:

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: