While the drive wrote to most of our test media at its rated speed, only three types worked at 18x. By looking at the screenshot, you can see that the drive starts writing at More importantly, none of the sectors on the disc were unreadable. Starting from the left of the IDE connection you’ll see the jumper switch for master, slave and cable select. The rear of the DRUA is fairly straight forward. If you use a dual layer disc you probably won’t get the best results because most DVD-ROM drives slow down to read them. A note to the webmaster has gone unanswered.

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Sony also includes a black replacement bezel with the DRUA. The DRUA also erases at 32x.

Sony’s new DVD writer didn’t do as well as some of the other drives in our rewriting tests. If white and silver aren’t exactly your colors, eony in luck.

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The drive had no problems passing all of the on-the-fly tests and did not create any errors. However, because it scans with an ECC sum of 8, a higher number of PIF errors is acceptable, as long as they do not exceed We do this so all tests can be compared reliably.

By looking at the screenshots above, you can see that Sony’s new drive starts writing at about 7. The PI rates were not only very high, there was a large PIF spike at the layer change which caused some major readability issues.


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I discovered witch the DMA turn to off alone. Rru-830a the DRUA’s overall score wasn’t as high as the Plextor’s, it had a low access time and some very good transfer rates. Play only first layer 4,7GB. Make sure you uncheck the box next to “Yahoo Toolbar” if you don’t want to install it along side with Nero.

If the source disc is larger than 4.

Many Many Many calls to Sony did not change anything. Fuji 48x Taiyo Yuden. I upgraded it from SS23 to SS By looking at the screenshot you can see that it starts reading at 5.

Hopefully, Sony can address this in a future firmware update. I created about 8GB of random files and directories on my hard drive and then burned them to our test discs with Nero.

We have a computer that is used only for testing hardware. By looking at the screenshot, you can see that the drive considered only By looking at the picture below you can see the drive’s IDE interface, power connector and audio output connectors. A screen capture of the Book Type setting is shown right in the review. Like most drives, it did not pass the “three sheep” test. The region can be changed five times and after that it cannot be changed anymore.


For more than 50 years, this Japanese company has lead the way, producing innovative products for the audio, video and computer markets. This section covers a number of topics including compatible discs, region codes and how to enable the Turbo Boost function. The DRUA writes at this speed until about the 27 minute mark. Every error a drive creates could be a hiss or pop you would hear later in the audio tracks. Sony’s new drive performed pretty well in our DVD writing tests.

When it came to media compatibility, the DRUA gave us some mixed results.

The media types, along with the average time it took the drive to write our 4. If you look at the advanced features, you can see that the DRUA was able to read the CD-Text and subchannel data but rdu-830a to read the lead in and lead out sections of the CD.

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To get the writing times, a 4. No drive that I am aware of has confirmed support for setting Book Type for -R media. In our tests it started reading at 6.