“ Toshiba SD R1002 - CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo drive - internal - 4x4x24x/4x - 5.25" - IDE - white „
I had a problem. I was keen on fitting a DVD ROM drive in my PC, but I also needed a CD-writer and there was already a "normal" CD rom drive in my computer. Two devices required, but only one drive bay spare. I considered removing the CD rom and purchasing 2 new drives, but then I discovered the Toshiba SD-R1002 "combo" drive - an ingenious device which is actually a CD ROM, CD/r writer, CD/rw re-writer AND DVD ROM player ALL-IN-ONE! The price seemed reasonable at 150.00 at the time, so I went ahead and bought one of the drives. I was somewhat nervous about the installation process, particularly seeing as I already had one drive present AND I had never actually installed a CD drive of any kind before. I needn't of worried though, because the installation process was a breeze. The software installation was slightly more confusing due to poor documentation, but saying that I took it steady and I had no problems. Within 30 minutes of the starting the installation process I was burning my first CD/r ! Regarding the software bundle, there is a mix of software included, starting with the excellent WinDVD for DVD playback and the equally good "InstantCD Wizard Gold" for CD writing and re-writing. The rest of the bundle comprises mainly of utilities and the like, all of which have a use in the day-to-day usage of the drive unit. The write speed of the unit is a modest 4x speed, but this still means a complete CD audio album can be copied within 10 minutes under optimum conditions, which isn't bad at all! Also included in the box was a CD label pen, 2 CD/r discs and 1 CD/rw disc. At the time I thought that this was rather un-generous of Toshiba, but the price of blank discs is so low at the moment it did not affect the quality of the package. Since I installed the drive I can remember a couple of "write failures" leading to discarded discs, but in fairness to the dr
ive, this was probably down to faulty discs and not the drive itself. I have experienced no problems at all with DVD playback, although I do not use this feature as much I originally thought I would (through no fault of the drive though) Overall then, I can recommend this product quite highly. I tries to be a Jack of All Trades and a Master of All too ... and just about pulls it off!
Building my new computer I had wanted a CDRW and a DVD drive, then I spotted this. What an excellent product for £145. OK it only burns CDs at 4X but this really isn't that bad (Only about 15 minutes for a full CD) I have personally burned over 200 CDs using it and not 1 has finished with errors (Using Kodak silver and gold discs and Memorex Black 80 Min Discs). The DVD side is also very good giving smooth playback although it has a nasty habbit of crashing the computer if you fast forward through a DVD (Using WinDVD as supplied with the drive). Overall though an excellent alternative to 2 drives. Spec of computer this drive is installed on for anyone interested is... Athlon 1000Mhz 256Mb Ram Voodoo 3 3000 AGP Soundblaster AWE 64 2 IBM Hard Drives (30Gb and 45Gb)
I was very disappointed when I got this for my computer back in Summer 2000. The software you get with it is good but it is simply too unreliable. It has problems detecting CD-R media and therefore fails to burn. I remeber trying 30 times to get it to take a CD. I was not impressed at all. Antoher thing is that although it has DVD-ROM so it can read data discs well but try with a DVD movie and it's not worth playing because it is only 4x speed. It means the movie can be very jerky indeed and impossible to understand. I would definitly not advise anyone to buy this product if they intend to use it.
Toshiba's SD-R1002 drive looks and performs much the same as the Ricoh. It has a tray loading mechanism and is quick and easy to install. The drive comes with a great bundle of software, most of which would prove useful to an average gamer. As well as the InstantCD CD-R burning software there's a packet writing routine called InstantWrite, and a string of applications like MusicMatch and MusicMover for MP3 and LiquidPix for photo editing. Toshiba's InstantWrite doesn't seem that instant. Writing data to a CD-RW took over 40% longer than on the Ricoh and reading them back was nearly two and a half times slower on this drive. The Toshiba is a bit slower on recording CD-Rs too, as it is only rated at 4-speed. It's a bit more expensive to buy, but you do get a wider bundle of fairly useful software to go with it. This drive is very similar to the Ricoh, which tested considerably faster and is cheaper at the same time - a winning combination.
As a leader in optical storage products Toshiba leverages its technology expertise to deliver the SD-R1002. The world's first combination CD-RW drive with DVD-ROM readability to hit the market. The drive features a fast writing speed of 4X for CD-R and CD-RW, and employs a full 24X speed maximum playback for CD-ROM and 4X for DVD-ROM.
Built to give the best performance for data, multimedia and storage environments, the drive combines key technologies CD-RW and DVD-ROM including lasers and LSIs from both as well as a combination pick up head. The SD-R1002's backward compatibility to CD technology, use of low cost media, and effortless transition from CD to DVD make this the ideal upgrade product. The drive adheres to the DVD Forum's DVD-ROM specifications. All of this packed in to a standard half height drive.