ok i have found out some more info on this...
there must be something wrong here maybe oyu all can help me out..
the first drive i bought had SS25 firmware and it came with a pink CD (this is the one i down graded to SS23 on accident
took that one back and got another DRU830a off the shelf and got that one home and installed it (it had SS15 and i upgraded it to SS23 and it came with a BLACK CD) when i booted acronis CD it booted ok but it would not let me select the dvd-rom drive to restore an image from....there simply was no DVD-roms ro select from...only hard drive showed up and floppy drive....
took that one back and had em open a couple boxes to see if they had a pink CD (thinking that this one will have SS25 on it like before)....got it home and installed it....SS23 it came with....and acronis still dont see the drive upon booting from CD
when i talked to SONY they said their programmers are working on something else besides getting SS25 ready to be a dloadable file that we can update too....
something is wrong here....i think the SS25 firwared drives either are different drives (insides) then the pervious firmwared drives...
or something is wrong with that firmware.....
either way the (SS15 and the SS23) shipped drives do not recognize the dvd-rom itself when booting acronis true image boot cd
is there anyone that can find out what is the deal with these drives and firmware?
hoped any info i gave can help someone sort out what the heck is going on with these drives and sony firmwares
ok found out some more info
in the above where i said i was booting acronis true image 10.0 and it would make it into its program but it wouldnt see the dvd-rom drive it self to restore an image from isnt exactly true....i was picking "acronis true image "Safe mode"" and it wasnt loading the drivers for the dvd-rom probably....if you pick "acronis true image "Full version"" it will see the drives ok and the image file)
BUT there is another problem
if you boot to windows and start "acronis true image home" or "Bootable Rescue Media Builder" it does not see the dvd rom drive if you try to "create a bootable rescure media cd" that lets you boot up and make an image of your hd
so something is wrong here its not seeing the drive for some reason if you run true image home from with in windows to make a bootable cd that lets you create/restore images of your hard drive cause there is no option to select the drive (cause it simply dont show up as an option to pick) to create a bootable cd