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Trying to diagnose whether it was my drive or my writing software that was giving me jip, I replaced both, software first, and drive later.
Suffice to say, reinstalling my software Nero 7, failed to resolve the issues I was having. With my old drive, the write would succeed, verification would run through OK, but when it came to using the disc in any of my stand-alone players, the image would be pixelated, if indeed it worked at all.
I read a review of this drive, along with a number of others in the magazine, PC Pro, and it came out on top, even though the sample unit the magazine had was not a finished item. I waited for a few month before the shops had any stock, but I am so pleased that I waited, the drive is worth it.
This drive will record most of the formats on the market today, including DVD-RAM, albeit outside of their cartridge, but this inclusion is nice to see when other drives prefer to leave the functionality out.
The drive I bought was the OEM version, so no software or media were supplied with it, but I prefer to stick to Ritek discs anyway.
I haven't used DVD-RAM discs before, but I may be tempted should the price of the discs fall a little more. My hard disk drive is struggling for space at the moment, and having some discs that I can change on a regular basis is becoming more attractive.
The OEM version of this drive is around about the £30 price mark, the retail version probably a bit more.
The formats supported I have listed below, with the max speeds that the drive can write those formats at:
Write speed: 48x (CD)
16x (DVD+R) / (DVD-R)
6x (DVD-R Dual-Layer)
10x (DVD+R Dual-Layer)
Rewrite speed: 32x (CD)
This drive is recommended to anyone looking to replace their existing drive, or if you are looking to buy a new install, I would recommend getting the retail version for a few quid more.
P.S. It is available with a variety of beige, silver or black fascias. Mine is black to match my case.
The GSA-H10N is one of the world's first optical storage drives that can write DVD-RAM at a 12x speed. The Super-Multi GSA-H10N is designed for anyone with storage needs where consistency and the ability to re-write data and video is a must. Whether to back-up MP3s, videos, digital pictures or any large files, this drive can handle it all at speeds only a few have ever experienced. In addition to the 12x DVD-RAM write speed, this unit features write speeds of 16x for both DVD+R and DVD-R, write speeds of DVD+RW to 8x, DVD-RW to 6x, DVD+R DL at 10x and DVD-R DL at 8x.
|Product Description:||LG GSA H10N Super-Multi - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - IDE|
|Device Type:||DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||14.6 cm x 16.5 cm x 4.1 cm|
|Optical Storage:||DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - 5.25" x 1/2H|
|Read Speed:||48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)|
|Write Speed:||48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD-R DL) / 10x (DVD+R DL)|
|CD / DVD Rewrite Speed:||32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 12x (DVD-RAM)|
|Buffer Underrun Protection:||Buffer Under Run Free Technology|
|OS Required:||Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition|
|Microsoft Certification:||Works with Windows Vista|