Alternative to LiteOn EHAU324

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#1

We have a GE Ultrasound machine that, according to this vendor, the LiteOn EHAU324 is the only machine capable. I hope this group can shed some light; if there is an alternative. B/c $850 seems a bit much. I found the IHAS324-17 but not sure if this is the same.


#2

i = internal, for use inside a computer. (typically connects using SATA – which is what the S in iHAS stands for)
e = external, for use outside a computer. (Typically connects to the computer or device over USB – which is what the U in eHAU stands for)

I would bet that, unless there is a specific needs for a specific build of the eHAU324, you could use any similar external USB DVD burner.

Do they tell you the reason why that drive would be the only compatible one? Also, what site has a plain, modern DVD burner listed for hundreds of dollars?


#3

Ok, now I feel silly for not knowing i/e.lol…
They indicated that it’s the only burner compatible with the software for live action recording (to actually see the heart-beat rhythm). However I feel that any DVD burner can record the images. There has to be an alternative.


#4

The IHAS in a USB-SATA case might work. can’t see what makes the EHAU324 special - when released, it was “fastest external”.

And they want HOW MUCH!

Ebay user http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/the_weasel_one?_trksid=p2047675.l2559
Listed an EHAU324 several times for £8 start (no bids) - if that’s what you need, even shipping to US wouldn’t take it to the kind of price you said - may be worth checking EBAY USA


#5

Analogy: when owners of LiteOn’s old LVW-5005/5006 standalone recorders find that the optical drive used inside began to fail, they end up having to search for some specific older LiteOn DVDRW drives (circa 2005/06/07) because not all of them cooperate with the low speed writing or reading, for whatever reason.

So there MAY be a grain of truth, but $850 worth of truth? NOPE. If you can find any of LiteOn’s external drives (or find eBay listings like what Matth suggested), it wouldn’t hurt to try.

There’s been a LOT of hardware revisions to LiteOn’s 24x drives (7? Technically 8 or 9?), and the firmware differs between them, so it’s conceivable that even newer revisions of the 124/224/324/424/524/624 drives would act differently compared to whatever hardware revision that existed at the time the vendor did its testing. It’s still your best bet to stay within the LiteOn brand, though any brand is worth a shot.


#6

PS. In case it wasn’t clear, the UK EBAY guy relisted a few times (last was http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dvd-Cd-Rewritable-Drive-Lite-On-It-Corp-Ehau324-/321834813225? ), and it DIDN’T SELL, so it wouldn’t hurt to contact (ok some risk in dealing off ebay) but if you could do a deal, even with shipping to US it would surely be a lot less than $850

Alternatively, if it absolutely has to be an EHAU…
http://www.memory4less.com/m4l_itemdetail.aspx?itemid=1452887909&partno=EHAU424-08&rid=1

Following the standard Liteon pattern, the 324 has smarterase (disk destroy) capability, while the 424 also has Lightscribe … neither of these seem particularly relevant to the application.

Neither are they the “EZ-Dub” drives, though that was a software assisted feature.

the only unique thing about the EHAU series (which are probably an IHAS or IHAP inside a case) is that they are FAST for an external, capably of overspeeding suitable 16x media to 24x - AFAIK there is no media officially rated >16x.

Not so much for the top speed, but the starting CAV transfer rate would also be 50% higher.

As well as specifying the EHAU324, was there any mention of a particular brand of 16x media?


#7

AHA http://www.amazon.com/HP-dvd1270e-External-Multiformat-Writer/dp/B0037TTIXQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1440539405&sr=8-3&keywords=24x+external+dvd+drive&pebp=1440539428160&perid=0B3Z65E09JRC37WN35HB
This is potentially a rebranded EHAU, possibly EHAU424 - and supports the 24x write - and at $28.95 - isn’t too expensive either - quite possibly the best chance among any other drives!

From a Manual for it

Manufactured by Lite-On IT Corp under license from Hewlett-Packard
Distributed by PLDS under license from Hewlett-Packard


#8

Great researching - If its amazon i’d go ahead and grab it while the goings good, you can always return it.


#9

@April_EA

Does your eHAU324 still power on?

If it does, I would be inclined to try and extract the firmware from the drive (& the EEPROM just in case).

There is a slight chance that it may have custom firmware. If that is the case, it should be possible to flash it to another iHAS drive which has the same hardware. There is also a chance they might have modified the EEPROM to ‘tag’ the drive and prevent standard eHAU324 drives from being used.

Also, can you post the full name & firmware version of the drive as reported by CD-DVD Speed, Opti Drive Control or similar?

This may let us identify the drive inside the enclosure. External Lite-On DVD writers often used the same firmware as the internal drive, so there is a good chance CD-DVD Speed will report the name of an internal drive (e.g. iHAS324 B).

The HP drive Matth found (bargain!) should be a rebadged Lite-On iHAS224 B, which can be crossflashed to any Lite-On iHASx24 B firmware.


#10

[QUOTE=Ibex;2759068]The HP drive Matth found (bargain!) should be a rebadged Lite-On iHAS224 B[/QUOTE]

I purchased an HP dvd1270e a few years ago but left it boxed until this past July, when I decided it was time for me to try it out. I couldn’t determine from outside labeling or Windows software what the drive actually was. I carefully dismantled the enclosure. The label on the drive said in large print that it was a model dvd1270i. In small print it was identified as a PLD-DH-24AAL (B). OK, it appears to be an A drive, but what’s the B? I opened the drive and it had an MT1879LE chip, confirming it’s an A. The manufacturing date on the enclosure is July 2010.

As it happened, newegg.com offered the dvd1270e for $9.99 (with a promo code) at the time I was doing my investigation. I bought one.

Both drives are model dvd1270e-H01 a. The second drive was manufactured in October 2010. So I think it’s probably an A drive as well. I haven’t opened its packaging.

I purchased the first drive thinking it would be a B.

Evidently it’s an iHAS224 A clone.


#11

Thank you for this information. :flower:


#12

You’re welcome, Ibex. I wish there’d been more details about the dvd1270e a few years ago, if there’re A, Y, and B versions. Maybe I missed them.

The drive is still available through Amazon and Newegg but for more $.

Additional details about the first drive: the firmware (original) is HH22, the drive itself is identified as a dvd1270e (rather than d) in Device Manager, the bridge chip is a Prolific PL2571.


#13

[QUOTE=Algol;2760365]Additional details about the first drive: the firmware (original) is HH22, the drive itself is identified as a dvd1270e (rather than d) in Device Manager, the bridge chip is a Prolific PL2571.[/QUOTE]

Could you please use the Flash Utility (http://club.myce.com/f44/flash-utility-plds-liteon-based-optical-drives-v6-0-1-a-190420/) to create a firmware dump and share it with us?

Thanks! :flower:


#14

[QUOTE=cvs;2760367]Could you please use the Flash Utility (http://club.myce.com/f44/flash-utility-plds-liteon-based-optical-drives-v6-0-1-a-190420/) to create a firmware dump and share it with us?

Thanks! :flower:[/QUOTE]

A little late but I have the same drive and here is the eeprom and firmware

http://1drv.ms/1Q7fHjh


#15

[QUOTE=elfdood;2764249]A little late but I have the same drive and here is the eeprom and firmware

http://1drv.ms/1Q7fHjh[/QUOTE]

Great, thank you :flower:

I had a quick look at the HH22 firmware and I can confirm that the dvd1270e is an “A” series drive.