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If you’re looking at sharing a DVD writer among multiple users, then this drive is an option. It’s an external DVD writer with a USB 2.0 interface that supports all DVD and CD writing formats, including DVD-RAM (Type II). It can write DVD+R and DVD-R media at 4X and read DVDs at 12X. Its rewrite speeds are 2.4X and 2X for DVD+R and —R respectively.

DVD-RAM writing is supported at 3X. On the CD front, it can write at 24X, rewrite at 16X and read at 32X. 

Snapshot
Price : Rs 16,900
Key Specs : Supports
DVD-RAM format
Contact : Neoteric
Informatique, Delhi. 
Tel : 26433549. 
E-mail : manish@neoteric-info.com 

We tested the drive on an Intel 865 based motherboard, a P4 3 GHz CPU, 512 MB dual channel DDR memory and a Samsung 5400 rpm hard drive. We did all DVD tests on 4X DVD+R and 2X
DVD-R media. It took 14 mins and 50 secs to burn 4.3 GB of data at 4X on a 4X DVD+R media, which is very good. It took 50 secs to format a DVD+RW using InCD-6. DVD-RW copying speed however was slow. It took an hour and six mins to copy 4.3 GB data on a 4X DVD+RW media. Coming to the CD tests, it took about 5 mins to burn 650 MB of data on 48X CD-R media. It took nearly the same time to burn 74 mins of audio and to duplicate a data CD, which is very good. Audio CD duplication, however, took longer at 6 mins and 47
secs. 

The drive comes with Iomega’s own HotBurn–software for burning CDs and Iomega Automatic Backup. On the whole, a good drive if you want to share DVD and CD writing capabilities in your office. 

Sanjay Majumder and Siddharth Sharma

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