By looking at the picture below you can see the drive’s IDE interface, power connector and audio output connectors. The drive had no problems passing all of the on-the-fly tests and did not create any errors. Until now, there were very few options, unless you wanted to shell out thousands of dollars for a certified test machine. While the drive wrote toall of our test media at its rated speed or better, only three types worked at 20x. Find out how to make your computer faster by running our Free Performance Scan. If you have autorun enabled on your computer, the menu shown below will appear when you insert the disc. To make a long story short, I am using a 4.

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It started out at about 6. Some even slow down to read single layer DVD-Video discs. The DRUA also has many of the same logos. The disc is over 4GB and single sided.

Sony Dvd/cd Rewritable Drive Dru-830a

If you don’t want 8830a install everything, select the custom installation. While written at only 6x, the error rates were very high on the second layer.

If you need to go beyond the basics, additional documentation can be accessed through Nero’s SmartStart launcher. The same files are copied and pasted in Windows Explorer and timed. If white and silver aren’t exactly your colors, you’re in luck. With features and specs like this, the DRUA sounds like it has a lot of potential.


Find out how to make your computer faster by running our Free Performance Scan. From the development of the first compact disc standards to the introduction of the first dual format DVD writer, Sony has played a major role in much of the technology used today. This buffer is also backed up by Sony’s Rdu buffer underrun protection.

Song DRUA read our test disc from start to finish, reaching a maximum transfer speed of We do this so all tests can be compared reliably. A driver update may also improve stability and performance, or may fix issues with games, programs and power management.

The DRUA writes at this speed until about the 27 minute mark. Once you reboot, you’ll be ready to start burning your own discs. As you can see, the wr and documentation is available in a number of different languages.

– Sony DRUA 18x DVD±RW/RAM – Reviews – all-pages

With its Turbo Boost enabled, the drive had no problems reading our test disc at 48x. The specs below have been taken from Sony’s website and the documentation that came along with the drive. Sony’s new drive performed pretty well in our DVD writing tests. Off by default, this LED lights up green when the drive is reading or writing. While the drive wrote toall of our test media at its rated speed or better, only three types worked at 20x.

Sony DRUA Internal 18x DVD DVD+/-RW DL and DVD RAM DRUA

You can see from the screen shot that while the Sony DRUA supports accurate stream and has the ability to retrieve C2 error information from the CD, it does not cache audio data.


This tries to mimic the ddvd of a person loading these programs onto their own computer.

While not as fast as the drive from Plextor, it had no problems reaching a maximum transfer speed of 40x in our tests. Nero Ddv Speed v4.

Ddvd enough, there is no hole for the LED to shine through. Also, with many wireless adapters it is important to stay current as updates often contain security fixes.

But, the way it is spread out can make it hard to find what you’re looking for.

Exact Audio Copy can tell us a lot about a drive’s capabilities. The drive Sony sent us for this review was manufactured in August of and had rd version SS If you’re not sure whether the drive should be set up as a master or slave, it also has a few example configurations along with their corresponding jumper settings.

With all things considered, the Sony DRUA gets a 7 out of 10 for the performance section of this review. For DVD writers the performance tests are broken down into four sections: While CPU, memory, OS and other variables don’t often make a huge difference, there are some nonetheless.