I have got a May 2005 HP external Drive.
HP P/N: 5169-0463
HP S/N: CNLJ07358C
H/V rev: 01
It also says on the outside box DVD640we.
Then there is a section in Korean langauge on its back that says:
- (something): DVD+R/+RW LVLDB-0407-10
- (something): E-H900-04-1956(B)
3 and 4. (something): (something)
- (something): BENQ (IT) Co., Ltd
- (something): China
It does not mention anywhere -R/-RW, however, the seller, who sold it to me on eBay, listed both -R and -RW in its item description.
And when I searched for this HP P/N and -R, I got quite a few hits. For instance :
www.memory4less.com/m4l_itemdetail.asp?itemid=27121993&selected=specs - 17k - , mentions that it has both + and - capability.
I would appreciate if anyone could tell me for sure if that thing is supposed to write “-” disks.
Since I got it, I managed to produce two decent quality Lightscribe images on it, and then it kinda died on me. It erratically ejects and pulls in the disk “plate”, speeds up and slows down all the time.
My laptop sees it, but it does not see any media inside.
Full seller’s description follows:
HP DVD640 16x DL LightScribe DVDÂ±RW IDE Drive
DVDÂ±RW up to 16x (CAV) DVD+RW up to 8x (ZCLV) DVD-RW up to 6x (ZCLV) DVD+R DL up to 8x (ZCLV) DVD-R DL up to 4x (CLV) CD-R up to 40x (CAV or P-CAV) CD-RW up to 32x (ZCAV) Read Speed: DVD-ROM up to 16x (CAV) CD-ROM up to 40x (CAV) Supported Write Methods: Track at once (TAO) Disc at once (DAO) Random access write (DVD+RW) Sequential write (DVD+R/RW/+R DL) Multi-session (DVD+R/+R DL) Incremental (DVD-R/-RW) Multi-border (DVD-R/-RW) Restricted overwrite (DVD-RW) Recording Formats: UDF ISO 9660 CD-DA DVD Video VCD Supported Disc Formats: DVD+R DVD+R Double-Layer DVD-R DVD-R Double-Layer DVD-RW DVD+RW DVD-ROM CD-R CD-RW CD-ROM LightScribe CD-R