Note i originally started this thread on fatwallet but the people there cares too much about deals than to help build a database. i hope this thread will gather more information here.
I n t r o : there are so many brands of drives out there that do not make their own drives. instead they purchase their product from one of other major manufactures and sell it for less. some are very reputable and some are nothing more than a door stop. this thread is designed to help you know what drive is in the box from the serial or model number.
This is not a repost. This thread serves as a central collection of information for future ease of research. The ones with the “?” are still in verification
This thread is not anywhere near complete at this stage. If you have purchased a drive in the last 6 month, please post your model number, serial number and what drive it is in this thread. the most data we have, the more easier for us to see the pattern and do some "educated guessing "
Reliability Rank: (HEAVYLY NEEDS FEEDBACK)
- Pioneer (but slower in speed)/ Optorite
Last: BTC aka Benq aka Acer. doorstop in 2 month
Sony no longer makers thier own burner. they rebadging Lite-ons.
DVD +/- RW :
Pacific Digital 8X +/- Writer
Serial number starts with: 4813 = black lite on 851
Serial number starts with: 4823 = lite on 811 white
Serial number starts with: 43** = lite on 811
Serial number starts with: P ** = BTC
Serial number starts with: 41D6H7432XX = NEC
Pacific Digital 4X Writer
Model RV-3 = BTC thanks Socrilles
NEC ND-1300a drives, with a FEW Optiwrite drives ? source hot2stuff
TDK 8x Writer
As far as i know they are all Plextor 708a’s ?
Khypermedia DVD Burner
Buslink 4x DVD+RW
Lite-On 401S drive, dual format +/-RW
Model: DVRW412RL thanks Audion
MicroAdvantage, All models
They all varieties of BTC thanks lzman
Vernbtim 2X DVD+RW
Model VBTDVRW1A horrible quality with unconfirmed brand thx winipu
IO/Magic 8X DVD
Optorite DD0801 or BTC DRW1008IM.
BTC drives are NOT shrink wrapped, and have a small sticker that says F:0054 (firmware version)
Optorite DD401 Drives. shrink wraped. The rear design on the box was also different, showing the software packages include. thx BillHarrison
MyInfo: The BTC are packaged with Roxio software and Cyberlink PowerDVD, while on the back of the Optorite Drive it’s packed with Pinicole and WinDVD.
Iomega DVD+/-RW 400-303
all NEC ND-1300A
CDRWs (48x or faster):
Model number with LTR = lite on drives
Model 4618P = Acer aka Benq
If serial number is 10 characters for 52x then ASUS
Most rebadged BTC or Lite on
BTC and Artec ASUS 5224
BenQ or maybe BTC ? source quincy2002