Sony BWU200S DVD+/-RW Blu-ray Disc Serial ATA (SATA) Drive
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- Stores Up To 50GB Video, Music, or Data Per Disc
- Record & Playback Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and CDs
- Burns Standard 4.7GB DVD+R & DVD+RW Discs
- 4X max. BD-R, 16X max DVD, and 40X max CD Recording Speeds
- Cyberlink Software Suite Included.
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Both Adobe Encore & the Cyberlink program that came with the drive, froze while trying to burn.
Also, due to the design, this drive may not fit in a lot of cases.
Make sure there are no restrictions on your knockout hole, otherwise you
may have to modify your case. (For my case, the front faceplate would not fit back on.)
UPDATE ... A friend just tried one and also had a Blue Screen of death, and other freezing issues. Turns out this may be a media problem. This drive does not seem to like the 25gb BD-RE disc from Verbatim. With the Sony 25gb BD-R it works fine. But it stinks cause we wasted two discs in experimenting, since we couldn't use the RE disc.
I just ordered the Sony 25gb RE, so we'll see what happens. That wasn't available when I purchased the drive, but I assume we'll have better luck with this media.
Lastly, after we burned our disc, it didn't play in the computer with PowerDVD. However it did play in the Panasonic DMP-BD30. So off to Cyberlink's site. An update to PowerDVD fixed that issue as well.
So obviously there are still some issues with Blu-ray home burning, one of course that the media is REALLY expensive. But it's bound to get better as more people adopt it.
I'm not sure why Sony decided to make this a SATA drive instead of a standard ATA/IDE drive, as other DVD and BD recorders have been. Perhaps it was necessary to improve its speed on BD recording over 1st generation burners, but in the short run it limits the machines that can accommodate it. Be that as it may, the competitive price and improved performance (especially on DVD and CD recording) compared to other BD recorders makes this a great investment.
I did notice that I cannot simply "hotswap" the drive without freezing the computer; rather, I have to reboot and plug it in before the BIOS scans the SATA channels in order to have it accepted by the system. This is a relatively minor hassle, though, so I still give the drive 5 stars.
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