If you are looking for a good replacement drive for your LVW-5005 then you may want to consider the Liteon SHW-160P6S which is available from Newegg.com for $42 (including shipping). Go to Newegg.com and search for â€œN82E16827106013â€.
I was having problems with my LVW-5005 drive and I knew that it was time to replace it. I searched for the 1693â€™s that everyone seems to be using but they do not seem to be readily available anymore. So I went to Newegg.com (referred from this forum) and I decided to take a chance with fitting the Liteon SHW-160P6S into my recorder. The installation was very simple and the drive fit excellent, the front face plate fits just like the original.
The drive also works perfectly in the LVW-5005. I have been using DVD+/- Râ€™s and RWâ€™s in the new drive without a single problem. The drive â€œpreparesâ€ and â€˜erasesâ€ the RWâ€™s without any issues as well.
The installation was very simple;
There are several posts that instruct you how to remove the existing drive from your recorder, so I wonâ€™t repeat it here. Just donâ€™t forget to power up and eject the drive to remove the faceplate BEFORE you attempt to remove the drive.
Remove the existing front panel and faceplate from the new drive. Remove the bottom metal cover. Set the jumper on the new drive to the “master” position. Install the front metal bracket (from the old drive) onto the new drive (no bending of the bracket required). Install the two rear metal â€œgroundingâ€ feet (from the old drive) onto the rear of the drive. Remove the two white front mounting pads in the recorder. Remove the plastic tab (see pic1) from the front panel on the recorder. Power up and eject the new drive. Use an exacto blade or similar to extend the slots (see pic2, extend in direction arrows point) for mounting the faceplate.
That is pretty much it. I did not use any mounting at the rear of the drive, it simply rests on the two plastic mounts. You may want to fabricate a strap for mounting the rear of the drive, but I did not see any need to do so. I was surprised how rigidly the single front metal mounting bracket holds the drive in position.
The drive fits perfectly into the front panel on the LVW-5005. The angle which the drive sits by â€œrestingâ€ on the two white rear mounting pads is also just right.
If you are looking for a good replacement drive for the LVW-5005, I highly recommend the SHW-160P6S !!!