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Updating the LiteOn DU-8A5LH Firmware

Updating the LiteOn DU-8A5LH Firmware

Hi everyone, Today, I’ll show you how to update the LiteOn DU-8A5LH firmware. This is important as firmware updates should improve the drive operation, including better reading and burning stability. Recently, I tried to burn a SmartBuy DVD+R DL disc but it failed at the beginning of the 2nd layer. The drive had an older firmware, so I updated it and we’ll see if this improves double layer burning at another post. For now, let’s see the steps to update…

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Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the LiteOn DU-8A5LH drive

Burning the SmartBuy DVD+R DL 8.5GB disc in the LiteOn DU-8A5LH drive

Hi everyone, Today, we will see how well a SmartBuy DVD+R DL disc burns in the LiteOn DU-8A5LH drive: This unit supports burning these discs at a speed of 3x, 4x and 6x. This post will focus on a disc burned at 6x. Burning the disc seemed to have gone well until it switched to the 2nd disc layer: Unfortunately, the drive could not burn this disc successfully. I retried it and it seems this time it worked: This drive…

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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 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 UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB 3.0 Enclosure

The UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB 3.0 Enclosure

Hi everyone, Today, I’m going to show you the UGREEN 2.5-inch HDD and SSD to USB 3.0 Enclosure. This is a Hard Disk Drive and Solid State Drive enclosure. It converts from SATA to USB 3.0. This is the standard USB model. UGREEN also has a USB-C version of this enclosure that I tested 2 years ago. The packaging is small and straightforward. UGREEN always make some environmental friendly packages for their products: We see the enclosure as soon as…

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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,…

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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. 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…

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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. 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…

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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: The Media Code of these discs is RITEK-S04-66: In some of my next few posts, we’ll see how these discs burn and scan on some of my drives. Look…

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Philips BD-R DL 50GB burned at 6x on Pioneer BDR-2212

Philips BD-R DL 50GB burned at 6x on Pioneer BDR-2212

Hi everyone, In my last post of the Philips BD-R DL 50GB discs, I shared the quality scan of the discs burned at 8x on the Pioneer BDR-2212 drive. Here, I’m sharing the quality scans of these discs burned on the same drive at 6x. Overall, it is a good burn. As we saw in the previous post, it seems the drive manages to burn the second layer better. The LG drive, however, seems to have some spikes at the…

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