PLextor GigaRec with a lite-on burner?

If I’m right the GigaRec is just software that makes it possible to burn 1 gb on a 700 mb cd. Would it thten be possible to use GigaRec on a Lite-on burner??


It may be possible to read Gigarec discs but definately not write them.

Nah, neither will be possible.

How come? I thought Gigarec discs could be read in some other drives. Is LiteON not included in this?

If I’m correct almost every drive can read this discs if they have had a firmware upgrade.

As long as the Lite-On’s don’t get such a upgrade they won’t be able to read them.

according to plextor, it’s going to be possible for most cdroms to read gigarec burned cds, but they won’t guarantee that all will. here’s an excerpt from an article on gigarec:

A benefit of using standard CDs is that any drive that reads CDs should be able to read a disc that’s burned using GigaRec, says Wing. “We’ve tested the disc with several drives. As long as the drive is a quality drive, the disc will work.”

“But,” Wing adds, “it’s not necessarily foolproof that every CD [drive] out there will be able to read this disc.”

In order to take advantage of the additional capacity, you must use Plextor’s proprietary PlexTools software; at this time, popular burning packages such as Ahead Nero Burning ROM and Roxio’s Easy CD and DVD Creator don’t support GigaRec, or any of the other interesting features found on the PlexWriter Premium.

Originally posted by BoSkin

11:51 Tuesday 15th April 2003, source : [COLOR=purple]ZDNet (UK)[/COLOR][B]

The Plextor Premium claims to get 1.2 gigabytes of data onto a blank disc,
up to 40 percent more than a standard disc, but the disks may not be playable on CD drives[/B]

Plextor has announced a new CD-RW drive that can squeeze 40 percent more data into standard blank discs.

The Plextor Premium can pack in 980MB of data into a 700MB (80 minute) disc and 1.2GB into an 880MB (99 minute) disc, according to Plextor.

The GigaRec option in the bundled PlexTools software, working with the drive’s hardware, can accomplish this.

Compression is achieved by burning smaller-than-normal pits or holes into the surface of a blank disc – up to 40 percent smaller, thus allowing it to pack in 40 percent more data, according to enthusiast sites.

Plextor did not give details on the process, and could not be reached for comment.

Such “compressed” discs may not be playable on CD drives, however. Due to the special nature of the pits, a standard drive’s laser may not to able to read them properly.

The drives will ship in worldwide in May at an undisclosed price. The Premium line will ship as a standard internal IDE drive and as an external USB 2.0 unit. They will feature 52 times read and write-once speeds, and a 32 times speed for rewritable media.

For some time now, enthusiasts have been able to squeeze in between 10 to 20 percent more data than the rated capacity of a disc by “overburning”, or writing data onto portions of a discs normally left untouched. However, such discs often cannot be read by drives.

ah it’s a pity :(. thanks for replying anyway :slight_smile: