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Started with two Micro-Solutions Backpack models with USB1.1 & PC-Card support:
Older Model # 192100
LG CD-R/RW Drive
ROM Ver 1.05
Relative Newer/Older Model # 193250
TEAC CD-R/RW Drive
ROM Ver (Didn’t write it down before pulling)
Removed old drives out of cases. Real easy removal process!
Purchased the following:
[li] Part #: 27-106-177 CDRW 40X12X48|LITE ON LTR40125S
[li] Qty 2 = $51.99/ea from newegg.com
[li] Part #840: MICROSOLUTIONS - BACKPACK USB 2.0 UPG KIT
[li] Qty 2 = $21.79/ea from TechSavings.com
LTR-40125S drives were Gateway OEM drives with ZGS4 firmware installed. I backed-up original firmware, then flashed VS08 firmware on both drives with MTKFlash utility and the VS08.bin image with success. Both drives installed & connected back into the BackPack Shells.
Drives are fledged as LTR-48125W with Max recording speeds of 48x via USB 1.1, BUT would not count on this speed as factual performance under USB 1.1. I’ve not a machine with USB 2.0. I’ve ordered a USB 2.0/Firewire Combo SIIG card on the way. I’ll be testing these drives with the upgraded USB 2.0.
Although, I have noticed marked writing enhancement (speed improvement) with USB 1.1 connectivity over what I was experiencing with the older drives installed.
Don’t put aside your older Micro-Solutions BackPack Drives:
For roughly $80.00, you can have an upgraded BackPack External CD Re-Writer
[li] LT CD-R/RW Drive
[/li][li] Model: LTR-48125W
[/li][li] F/W Ver. VS08
Current Micro-Solutions BackPack External CD-Re-Writer:
Model Number: 222010
New Retail Pricing @ BestBuy: $169.99