I got a GGW-H20L drive today. So far I am not very impressed.
It came with a 25 GB SL BD-RE disk from LG marked 1x / 2x.
1) imgburn took 1h30 to format the disc ! sigh. I went out to dinner and back and it wasn't done
2) I haven't been able to burn at more than 1x with the latest Imgburn, even though it recognizes the disk as a 2x.
1x burning is really slow ...
My system is a Core 2 quad Q6600, 4 GB RAM, under Vista 64 bits, using SATA from the motherboard. I was burning from an image on the HD. I tried both BD ISO (grabbed with AnyDvd) and DVD ISO.
3) In additional, the verification failed after the burn, and I got many comparison errors in both burns.
I don't usually get comparison errors on any of my other burners with DVD except on crappy media, nor on the Liteon LH20-A1S burner that was in the same slot of my SATA controller & case before it was replaced.
4) I was not able to play the BD-RE with BDMV content on my Sony BDP-S300 player. The player just showed a time of 0:00. Probably a stupid DRM issue. The DVD content burned to BD-RE played OK. FYI the BDP-S300 has the latest 3.70 firmware that supposedly plays BD-RE.
Are these slow/bad burn problems this mostly caused by the crappy LG media that came with the drive ? Or this is a crappy LG drive ? I want to burn the BD-RE at 2x, not 1x. If it can't do 2x, it's going back to the store. The drive firmware is YL02 FYI. I couldn't locate anything newer.
I bought another disk together with the drive, a TDK BD-RE 25 GB. It's still wrapped. It was $20. I'm not sure if I want to unwrap it because then it will be $20 wasted if turns out to be a drive issue. I would like to hear from others first. If this machine isn't ready for prime time I will return everything for a refund and wait until something more re
liable comes out.