Sony 8x DVD Burner — Mac Compatable?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Sweetfeld28, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    I was just watched, The ScreenSavers on TechTV, and was wondering if anyone had purchased one? I was also wondering if it was compatable with iTunes, and its burning software? Does this burner really burn on a Mac, or in my Dual G4, at these speeds:

    Sony's 8x DVD Burner: DRU-530A
    Write Speed: 40X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD+R, 4X DVD+RW, 4X DVD-R, 2X DVD-RW
    Read Speed: 40X CD-ROM/CD-R, 12X DVD-ROM
    Interface: ATAPI / E-IDE
    Buffer: 2 MB

    Attached Files:

  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
  3. briankonar macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2004
    i'd wait for the new line of DL (dual layer) burners. Perfect for duplicating commercial DVD's :D . Although media looks to be quite expensive, and burn speed is only 2.4x, it doubles the capacity! Then again what ever happened to blue laser Hi Def dvd's?
  4. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
  5. MacRAND macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2003
    Phoenix AZ USA

    Blue Laser, high capacity:

    1. Excellent advice on waiting for Dual-Layer, DL is not far a few months. Patience.

    2. Pioneer SuperDrives are pretty much always compatible, the new DVR-A07 or DVR-107 both burn DVD at 8x and Apple supplied us with its driver in 10.3.3. It is what Apple uses for our SuperDrives.

    3. is growing by leaps and bounds this year, but still probably more than 5 months away from putting affordable product in consumer hands requiring both:
    • laser drives; and
    • blank media DVD±R BR
    with 50GB capacity.

    March 18, 2004 -
    TDK Joins Blu-ray Disc Founders

    The Blu-ray Disc Founders (BDF) today announced the addition of TDK, a leading manufacturer of optical discs, as its newest member. "We are pleased to support the Blu-ray Disc format, since it is the format we believe in.", said Mr. Masatoshi Shikanai, Corporate Officer of TDK. "Our new hard-coat technology is perfect for producing robust, bare Blu-ray discs in a cost-efficient way. It will provide the optical media industry with a disc that can be efficiently produced at a large scale, and it offers the consumer a robust recordable or rewritable disc with the same handling capability as DVD. We are very excited about supporting this format." With the support of TDK, the BDF are broadening their industry support to develop and establish Blu-ray Disc as the next generation optical disc.
    Read more: TDK

    March 9, 2004 -
    Matsush*ta to Offer 50GB Blu-ray Disc Recorders in July

    Matsush*ta Electric (Panasonic) today announced that they will release a Blu-ray Disc recorder on the Japanese market in July and thereby become the second manufacturer to offer Blu-ray Disc recorders. The Matsu****a Blu-ray Disc recorder uses a two-layer disc structure, which means that a single disc can hold up to 50GB of data, or 4.5 hours of HD video. U.S. consumers still have to wait a while longer for Blu-ray products, but LG Electronics has previously stated that they intend to introduce a Blu-ray Disc recorder with a 200GB hard drive in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2004

    BELOW is the Pioneer prototype for BluRay recorder.
    Panasonic & other recorders:

  6. Sweetfeld28 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    On The ScreenSavers they reported that Sony had just dropped the price to $141 on their 8x drive. The ScreenSavers also voted this drive the best out of the ones they tested.

    Heres the link:

    Cheap 8x DVD Burners
  7. MacRAND macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2003
    Phoenix AZ USA
    Dude, check your LINK, could not get it to work for me.
    LATER: HEY, it finally worked after trying 5 times.
    SONY has a fast 40 x CD-R with 8x DVD±R/RW and only $141, Black OR White face plate. COOL! :cool:

    Thanks for the heads up.
    Don't you just love this race to get our $$$ :D

    Dual-Layer coming by the end of summer,
    16x DVD by the end of the year....:D

  8. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hi, I just received my 2x1.8Ghz G5 1.5GB ram Superdrive etc etc

    when I start toast6 it tells me that this superdrive can burn at 8x... so apple added these drives without telling ;-)
  9. MacRAND macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2003
    Phoenix AZ USA
    8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) in new G5s - maybe...maybe NOT

    1st. Congratulations on receiving your new G5. You must be very excited and happy.
    2nd. Depending upon which Make & Model Apple installed, you may or may not have an 8x burner.
    3rd. All you really know is that your Toast SOFTWARE has a "selection" for 8x burning, not that your SuperDrive "can burn at 8x". :(

    Standard APPLE procedure in the past has been - No announcement, no fanfare, just Apple timely keeping up with the latest parts even within mid-run of model manufacturer. But, it depends on when your G5 was assembled.

    Here is how to check:

    In Toast 6, from the top menu bar, pull-down Recorder and select Recorder settings...
    Would you please tell us what it says for the drive in the Recorder: window?
    Pioneer DVR-10__ or DVR-A0__ (what is the last digit?) It is either 6 or 7.
    SONY ....

    Cross-check laser drive identity through Apple's System Profiler
    Click on ATA and after the Macintosh HD hard drive, the laser drive should be listed.
    You can highlight all that information, COPY it into memory, the PASTE it into your Reply POST.

    Only after we know which SuperDrive make & model you have inside your new G5 will you know for sure if it is capable of burning DVD discs at 8x.

    Note: in the Toast v. 6.0.3 "Write Speed:" window saying "Best", if you drop-down for sped selection, it should give you a range of speeds from 1x ~ 8x, including 4x and 6x,
    unfortunately, regardless of what speed your laser drive is capable of burning DVD discs, 6x and 8x are already included.
    Sorry to burst your bubble. :(

    Soon, when 16 x drives start to become available, Roxio should quickly make available Toast v. 6.1.0 update to increase selection capability to the new range: 1x ~ 16x, with speed selections added:
    Roxio may or may not include in-between speeds of 10x and 14x.

    Regardless: you cannot absolutely verify your particular drive's current capability until you buy and burn a blank 8x DVD±R disc. Expect Apple to stock 8x DVD-R blanks in Apple Stores upon release of the new PowerMacs, which are already rumored to contain 8x SuperDrives, probably Pioneer.

    Test: Although 10.3.3 did provide the 8x driver for the new Pioneer DVR-A08/108, none of us knows if it will burn @ 8x until somebody selects 8x, burns it, and times a near 4.7 GB burn. Then we will know.
    So, which SuperDrive did Apple install in your G5?​
  10. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    off course I'm happy with my G5, I need it for my studio (I'm a professional photographer, and my old powerbook, even with 1GB ram couldn't handle my 750MB files so well in Photoshop ;-) )
    and my scanner needed 30 min to scan one of those files because of slow internal harddrive issues... (image size: 1.5m x 1m @ 300dpi...)


    Manufacturer: PIONEER
    Model: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-107D
    Revision: A707
    Drive Type: CD-RW/DVD-RW
    Disc Burning: Apple Supported/Shipped
    Removable Media: Yes
    Detachable Drive: No
    Protocol: ATAPI
    Unit Number: 0
    Socket Type: Internal

    that's the one wich is inside my G5, I'm not sure if this one is capable of burning at 8x off course, but once I get DVD-R 8x media I'll try it off course ;-)

    and indeed toast tells me allso that my extrenal 52x burner can do 56x... but I never go over the 24x speed, since some oldercd-rom drives refuse to read them when I brun them at that speed, even tough my media is 52x certified...

  11. Sweetfeld28 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    Thats good news for you. Check Pioneer's website on the stats for that drive, i think you should be able to burn at 8x. If you can't now then they should have a firmware update to make it so you can; at least sony's website does for the drive above.

    Also, it looks like i might have to break down and buy the Sony drive. Yesterday my Combo drive crapped out on me. When i put a disc in, it just blinks (not sure if it spins), and doesn't mount on the desktop. I'm trying to repair permissions right now to see if that does anything. Wish me luck.

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