Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - $25.99 @ NewEgg/free shipping

@ Newegg
(limit 2)
could be NEC or LITE-ON :confused:

[QUOTE=dave.evill;2421877]…could be NEC or LITE-ON :confused:[/QUOTE]

:disagree:

The Optiarc AD-7240S is an NEC chipset drive, and the best dual-layer media burning drive on the market.

And let me just say that it’s been a LONG time since NewEgg had any decent drives with free shipping.

This is definitely a sign that the economy is improving. :stuck_out_tongue:

Thank You Sir!,
I thought I had read that there were Lite-On badged versions that didn’t have the NEC chipset but I wasn’t too sure if it was this model.
(…then again I am Crazy as F***:D)

[QUOTE=dave.evill;2421894]I thought I had read that there were Lite-On badged versions that didn’t have the NEC chipset but I wasn’t too sure if it was this model.[/QUOTE]

AD-7200 = NEC

AD-7220 = MediaTek

AD-7240 = NEC

Thanks to:
dave.evill–for the "Heads Up"
negritude–for his "Blessing"
I just purchased one from Newegg. What a fantastic deal!

DR_CJK

$29.99 free shipping

$26.99 free shipping

i know this post is old but…

does anyone have a good cheap (cheap as in $29.99 or less out the door (or something very close to this price)) “IDE” based drive that’s recommended?

p.s. main reason i want IDE is simply because i cant afford to waste any of my SATA ports since i use them for HDD’s.

and i think my old Liteon 1673S is starting not to like my Verbatim DVD+R DL (made in singapore) media because it still burns standard 4.7GB media fine but for some reason it’s been acting up lately on burning DL media and i am guessing it’s something to do with the burner.

Yeah, I had Liteon 1673S cross-flashed to 1693S, and it burned proper Verbatim DL’s like crap! Single layer DVDs worked just fine. Granted, the drive was attached via a USB adapter, but still …

LiteOn DH20A4P (IDE) is reasonably decent for DL’s and cheap (if you can find it), but others would recommend different brands.

thanks for the reply.

my 1673S generally burned great (i.e. quality scans on Kprobe) when it actually worked without erroring but lately it’s getting to the point i think i am better off getting another burner, especially for DL burning… but single layer stuff when burned @ 8x is generally quality burns.

to bad it seems right now newegg aint got any real deals on drives (especially with the no free shipping stuff as that jacks up the price of drives without it) and most of the stuff is sold out, especially the IDE stuff.

so ill probably keep a eye out on newegg etc over the next 2-3 weeks and see what i can find… unless someone else has a better idea? :slight_smile:

here is the log file for the error…

I 16:25:15 Source File Sectors: 3,827,488 (MODE1/2048)
I 16:25:15 Source File Size: 7,838,695,424 bytes
I 16:25:15 Source File Volume Identifier: DVD_ROM
I 16:25:15 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 356fc000MS UDFBridge
I 16:25:15 Source File Application Identifier: CDIMAGE 2.45 (12/06/2000 TM)
I 16:25:15 Source File Implementation Identifier: Microsoft CDIMAGE UDF
I 16:25:15 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.50)
I 16:25:15 Destination Device: [1:0:0] LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1673S JS0D (I:) (ATA)
I 16:25:15 Destination Media Type: DVD+R DL (Disc ID: MKM-001-00) (Speeds: 2.4x, 4x)
I 16:25:15 Destination Media Sectors: 4,173,824
I 16:25:15 Write Mode: DVD
I 16:25:15 Write Type: DAO
I 16:25:15 Write Speed: 4x
I 16:25:15 Link Size: Auto
I 16:25:15 Lock Volume: Yes
I 16:25:15 Test Mode: No
I 16:25:15 OPC: No
I 16:25:15 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 16:25:15 Book Type Setting: DVD-ROM
I 16:25:15 Advanced Settings - Force HT: N/A, Online HT: N/A, OverSpeed: N/A, SmartBurn: Yes
I 16:25:15 Optimal L0 Data Zone Capacity: 1,913,760
I 16:25:15 Optimal L0 Data Zone Method: Copied From Original Disc
I 16:25:59 Set L0 Data Zone Capacity Succeeded!
I 16:26:00 Filling Buffer… (40 MB)
I 16:26:01 Writing LeadIn…
I 16:26:02 Writing Session 1 of 1… (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 3827487)
I 16:26:02 Writing Track 1 of 1… (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 3827487)
I 16:26:02 Writing Layer 0… (LBA: 0 - 1913759)
W 16:29:30 Failed to Write Sectors 555456 - 555487 - Reason: Write Error
W 16:29:30 Retrying (1 of 20)…
W 16:29:30 Retry Failed - Reason: Invalid Address For Write

etc etc

this is the first time i believe i actually got a write error with this drive i believe. before i had a issue a while back where the disc burned successfully with ImgBurn but the surface of the disc was clearly not burned right (by looking at the burned data surface vs another disc that clearly worked and looked like a normally burned DL disc) and the disc did not work. so then i did this one and it errored around 1-2GB into the burning process which never happened before on this drive with DL media.

also… so Samsung burners automatically set the DVD+R DL media’s booktype to DVD-ROM? (or do alot of burners support that nowadays when using ImgBurn?)

well… after attempting another burn on my Liteon 1673S @ 2.4x … it still errored so i said screw it and ordered a 7240S on ebay for $32.49 out the door a few moments ago :wink:

so since all 4 of my SATA ports are taken up at the moment what ill probably end up doing is taking out the PCI VIA 6421 SATA card out of my old PC and stick it in my primary PC and stick the Liteon on my onboard SATA and stick the 80GB laptop HDD onto the SATA card and hopefully everything is good.

[B]but i was wondering… is there any issues using a 7240S burner on a PCI SATA (Chipset = VIA 6421) Controller card?[/B]

p.s. it was probably time for me to upgrade anyways since i had this Liteon 1673S since 2005. lol :wink:

I have that card and the 7240 works fine on it, BUT the card is very picky so if you want to run 2 burners or whatever on it you’ll have to try them and see if they play well together before you make a permanent change. I had to try like 3 combos of burners to find 2 that worked OK together.

[QUOTE=NBR;2441323][B]but i was wondering… is there any issues using a 7240S burner on a PCI SATA (Chipset = VIA 6421) Controller card?[/B]

p.s. it was probably time for me to upgrade anyways since i had this Liteon 1673S since 2005. lol ;)[/QUOTE]

IMHO get a better card that has the SILICON IMAGE 3114 chipset. VIA chipsets will/could cause problems with a SATA dvd burner.

Silicon Image chipset 3114, $14.99
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=CL-SL3114&cat=CCD

well thanks for the info dartman/dvd addict … but i am probably just going to stick a 80GB 2.5" HDD on the VIA 6421 card (which is currently just laying in the case lol) and put the 7240S on the mobo’s SATA connector to help avoid issues.

[B]but the only thing i aint looked into to much is ‘drivers’ for the VIA 6421 card since i am running Windows 7 x64 Home Premium RTM right now… do the Vista x64 drivers work on this?[/B]

p.s. the only reason i had the VIA 6421 card was for XBox360 moding but since i am out of SATA ports on my main PC’s mobo i have to use this card otherwise i wont be able to use all my HDD’s and the 7240S. (currently the VIA 6421 card is in my old PC that i use for moding)

because right now my main PC is using all 4 SATA ports (250GB / 400GB / 1TB / 80GB (2.5") SATA) so ill just remove the 80GB laptop hdd and transfer that over to the VIA 6421 controller card and put the 7240S burner on my mobo SATA to help avoid issues with it.

EDIT: nevermind about the drivers as i just installed the VIA 6421 card into my Windows 7 PC a few moments ago and it was auto detected and then a simple reboot and everything seems fine :wink: (i put the 2.5" 80GB laptop hard drive on the VIA 6421 card and so far it’s good )

so bottom line is the 7240S Optiarc drive should be a simple install as i already made sure (a few moments ago) that the SATA power/data cables can reach the general area i am going to install the new drive in. i will probbaly keep the Liteon 1673S drive installed since it’s good for checking disc quality etc.

I have a card with the SILICON IMAGE 3114 chipset.
Should I expect any probs using it with SATA burners?
Thanks

[QUOTE=Parato Optimal;2441756]I have a card with the SILICON IMAGE 3114 chipset.
Should I expect any probs using it with SATA burners?
Thanks[/QUOTE]

well as ‘dvd addict’ said he ‘RECOMMENDED’ the 3114 chipset so odds are you wont have any issues with it according to him :wink:

so in other words… no, you should not have any problems with your SATA burner but the way i see it. it’s probably best (if possible) to use the onboard SATA since it’s probably less likely to act up AND if you ever have to change the firmware around odds are it will be fine with onboard SATA vs a controller card where it might have issues accessing the drive directly.

because the 7240S drive… as soon as i get it i am going to use that binflash application and update to the custom version (Liggy made) that has the bitsetting to dvd-rom for dvd+rw/dvd+r discs which aint possible with the stock firmware from what i been reading on this site about the drive.

http://binflash.cdfreaks.com/#download and the firmware for the 7240S is here… http://liggydee.cdfreaks.com/page/en/Optiarc-AD-7240S/

[QUOTE=Parato Optimal;2441756]I have a card with the SILICON IMAGE 3114 chipset.
Should I expect any probs using it with SATA burners?
Thanks[/QUOTE]

As already mentioned you won’t have problems using the 3114 chipset with sata burners. I’ve even flashed mine when the sata drives were attached to the pci sata controller card using the 3114 chipset. No problems after flashing to hacked firmware.

Make sure though that you disable RAID and set SATA to IDE as well in the mobo bios.

well i just got the drive (i.e. 7240S. Mfg Date = Aug 2009. came with v1.02 firmware but i backed up the firmware and flashed Liggy’s rpc1/bitsetting to it.) today and it seems to burn quite well and it’s quiet (quite = especially when compared to my Liteon 1673S).

and it burned my Verbatim DVD+R DL (made in singapore) media fine that i had since April-ish 2007, which where erroring when burning on my Liteon 1673S drive when burned @ either 4x or 2.4x but it burned fine @ 4x on the 7240S drive.

scanned with the Liteon 1673S drive (as shown in the pics) but first was a Verbatim DVD-R 16x disc burned @ 16x. 2nd disc was Verbatim DVD+R DL burned @ 4x. (both where burned on the 7240S)

p.s. so apparently my Liteon is dying as far as burning DVD+R DL media but it still seems to burn regular -R +R disc perfectly good.



well i just burned a Verbatim DVD-R disc here on the 7240S @ 20x speed and it was basically top notch besides that brief 8PIF spike. but the data seemed to copy back to the hard drive fine without any dips in transfer speeds :wink: … it’s weird seeing solid burns like this at insane speeds when i was used to 8x and that was it on my Liteon 1673S :wink: