Sony 2-586-675-11 (1) User's manual

Sony 2-586-675-11 (1) User's manual
IT
2-586-675-11 (1)
7819901050
DVD/CD
Rewritable Drive
Operating Instructions
JP
FR
DE
ES
IT
CS
DRU-720A
© 2004 Sony Corporation
Safety Regulations
WARNING
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual
could void your authority to operate this equipment.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
CAUTION:
As the laser beam in the DRU-720A is harmful to the eyes, do not attempt to disassemble the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard.
The use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified
herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure.
This label is located on the top of the drive unit enclosure.
Dieses Etikett befindet sich auf der Oberseite des Laufwerksgehäuses.
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The DRU-720A is classified as a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT.
The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT label is located at the top of the enclosure.
Bei diesem DRU-720A handelt es sich um ein Laser-Produkt der Klasse 1.
Das Etikett mit der Aufschrift LASER KLASSE 1 PRODUKT befindet sich auf der Oberseite
des Gehäses.
CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE
LASER KLASSE 1
PRODUKT
KLASS 1 LASER APPARAT
CE Sicherheitsbestimmungen
Diese Ausrüstung erfüllt die Europäischen EMC-Bestimmungen für die Verwendung in
folgender / folgenden Umgebung(en):
• Wohngegenden
• Gewerbegebiete
• Leichtindustriegebiete
(Diese Ausrüstung erfüllt die Bestimmungen der Norm EN55022, Klasse B.)
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Table of Contents
Safety Regulations .......................... 2
Updating the Firmware ...............29
Turbo Boost Function .................29
Introduction
Unpacking the Package Contents ... 6
Miscellaneous
Features ........................................... 6
Precautions for Use .......................30
System Requirements ..................... 7
Specifications ................................31
Part Names and Functions .............. 8
Support Overview .........................33
Setup
Setting up the Drive ...................... 10
Appropriate Jumper Settings ........ 15
Replacing your current optical
drive with the DVD/CD rewritable
drive ............................................ 15
Installing the DVD/CD rewritable
drive as a second drive ............... 16
Installing the DVD/CD rewritable
drive as a third drive ................... 17
Installing the DVD/CD rewritable
drive as a fourth drive ................ 18
Operation
Using the Drive ............................. 19
Supplied Software ...................... 19
Using Generic Software with the
Drive ........................................... 20
Compatible Discs .......................... 21
Recommended Writable Discs ... 23
Writable Disc Features ............... 24
Precautions when Writing Data to
Disc ............................................... 27
Maximizing Performance ............. 29
User Support Web Site ............... 29
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User Support Web Site ...............33
Update the Drive Firmware ........33
Product and Support
Information .................................33
•
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• Pentium is a registrated trademark of Intel Corporation.
• Microsoft, MS, MS-DOS and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
• Other system and product names used herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of their
respective manufacturers, although the ™ and ® marks are not used in the text.
❑ Our product warranty is valid only when the supplied accessories (including software) are
used in the specified or recommended system environment, in accordance with the
documentation, and applies only to this DVD/CD rewritable drive. Our customer service
and user support apply only under these product warranty conditions.
❑ Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for failure of the computer or other
devices, incompatibility with special hardware, operating problems caused by improper
installation of software, loss of data, discs or other accidental or incidental damage that
might occur when using this product.
❑ The guarantee and user support for this product are valid only within the countries or sales
regions specified on the warranty card.
❑ Copyright laws prohibit the copying in part or in full of the supplied software and
documentation, or loaning the software, without obtaining permission of the copyright
holder.
❑ We cannot accept responsibility for any direct or indirect financial damage or loss of profit
that might occur when using the supplied software.
❑ The supplied software can only be used with this product.
❑ Specifications of the supplied software may be changed without notice in the interest of
product improvement.
Please Record Responsibly
Before copying anything onto a disc, please be sure that you are not violating copyright
laws. Most software companies allow you to make a backup or archive copy of software.
Check your software’s license agreement for details.
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B Introduction
Unpacking the
Package Contents
Features
Please verify that the package contains the
following when unpacking.
If any of these items appear to be missing
and/or damaged, please contact your dealer.
❑ An internal DVD/CD rewritable drive
with ATAPI (EIDE) interface for
computers.
❑ Can be used horizontally or vertically.
❑ The drive can write to DVD+R Double
Layer discs.
❑ You can write at a maximum of 16×
when using high speed DVD+R, DVDR discs.
❑ The drive can write to seven types of
disc.
❑ Features the
technology to prevent buffer underrun
errors.
❑ You can replace the front panel of the
drive with the supplied replacement
front panel.
• Drive
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•
•
•
•
•
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40-pin ATAPI (IDE) flat cable
Screws (×4)
Quick start guide
Software quick start guide
Operating instructions
(this document)
Front panel replacement guide
Front panel replacement kit
Software disc
Warranty card
Note
Make sure that you back up the supplied software
disc on another disc because the software disc is
not distributed independently.
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This product offers the following features.
The above requirements are the minimum
necessary requirements to write to disc
normally. Under actual operating conditions,
the requirements imposed by your software
must also be met. For details, refer to your
software documentation.
2)
The drive does not support connection to an
ATAPI interface card. Connect the drive to the
IDE (ATAPI) interface connector of your
computer’s motherboard.
3)
The drive consumes a lot of power when
operating at high speeds. You should therefore
make sure that the rated power output of the
power outlet where you connect all your drives
is sufficient to power all the drives, including
this one. For details about each drive’s power
consumption rating, refer to their
documentation.
System
Requirements
The drive should be used with a system that
meets the following requirements1).
❑ PC/AT-compatible computer
❑ CPU: Pentium III, 800 MHz or higher
(with Nero Vision Express: Pentium 4,
1.6 GHz recommended)
❑ 256 MB RAM or more
❑ 1 GB (with Nero Vision Express:
10 GB) free hard disk space
❑ One available EIDE (ATAPI) interface
connection with DMA capability2)
❑ One empty 5-inch half-height drive bay
❑ One available internal +12 V/+5 V
power connector3)
❑ Operating system:
Windows 2000 Professional
(referred to as Windows 2000),
Windows XP Home Edition or
Windows XP Professional
(referred to as Windows XP)
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Introduction
1)
Part Names and Functions
Front Panel
Rear Panel
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A Disc tray
E Do not use.
Insert discs here, label side up.
Hint
B Eject button
Press to open and close the disc tray.
C Busy indicator
Indicates the drive status.
Lit :
The drive is reading data,
playing back an audio CD, or
writing packets.
Blinking: The drive is writing data
(disc-at-once, track-at-once),
formatting a disc, or
deleting1) data from a disc.
Off :
The drive is in a state other
than those outlined above.
1)
G Analog audio connector
Analog stereo audio output. Using an
audio cable, connect to the audio
connector of a computer with a sound
card.
Note
Connecting a cable other than an audio
cable or otherwise misusing the audio
connector may cause damage to the
product.
H Jumper
A jumper is set on the appropriate pins
before connecting the drive.
CS EL
CS EL
SLAVE
SLAVE
MASTER
MASTER
Some drives indicate this state with the lit
indicator.
D Emergency eject hole
If you cannot open the disc tray with the
eject button, turn off your computer, and
then insert a thin, elongated object into
this hole to eject the disc tray manually.
Jumper pins
Jumper pins
I IDE connector
Connect to the computer with the
supplied IDE flat cable.
J Pin 1
The location of this pin determines the
proper orientation of the connection
cable.
K Power connector
Connect the connector of the computer’s
internal power supply.
About 40 mm (1.6 in)
DC INPUT
5V GND 12V
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Introduction
When you insert a disc into the drive, make
sure that it is under the four pins. When using
the drive vertically, make sure that you set the
disc inside the two lower pins.
F Do not use.
B Setup
Setting up the Drive
The installation and setup procedures outlined below assume that you are using
a standard computer. For details about how to install peripheral devices into
your computer, refer to the instructions supplied with your computer.
Before installing the drive
Referring to “Unpacking the Package Contents” on page 6, verify that the
contents of the drive package are complete.
Note
Avoid touching any exposed electronic conductors or contacts on the circuit boards of the
drive or your computer, as they can be damaged by electrostatic discharges from your body.
Make sure that you discharge any static electricity from your body before performing this
operation.
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Turn off your computer, disconnect the power cable from the
outlet, and then remove the computer cover.
2
Determine which connection method you want to use, and then
adjust the jumper.
Depending on whether you want to connect the drive as MASTER or SLAVE,
place the jumper on the pins, as illustrated below.
If you are unsure of the appropriate jumper setting, see “Appropriate Jumper
Settings” on page 15.
CS EL
SLAVE
SLAVE
MASTER
MASTER
Jumper
Setup
CS EL
Jumper
Notes
• If installing the drive to replace one using the CSEL jumper setting, place the jumper on
the CSEL pins of the drive before installing it.
• Only place the jumper vertically, as illustrated. Placing the jumper horizontally may
damage the drive and/or cause malfunctions.
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3
Connect the cables.
• Connect an unused power connector from the computer’s power supply to
the DC input (power input) connector of the drive.
• Connect the supplied IDE flat cable to the IDE connector of the drive.
Hint
If your computer supports digital playback, you do not need to connect the audio cable
to the analog audio connector. Most computers support digital playback at this time.
Pin1
Analog audio
connector
DC input connector
DC INPUT
5V GND12V
IDE connector
Power connector
Red (pin 1)
IDE flat cable
To computer
motherboard
Notes
• The side of the IDE flat cable with the red line indicates the pin 1 conductor. Verify that
the pin 1 side is connected to pin 1 on the motherboard.
• The power connector must be inserted with the inclined side upwards.
• If there is no spare power connector, you must use a “Y” adapter.
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Install the drive into a 5-inch drive bay with the supplied screws.
5
Replace the computer cover, and then reconnect the power
cable to the outlet.
6
Start your computer, and make sure that the drive is detected.
Setup
4
On the Windows desktop, open [My Computer], and verify that a new drive
icon is displayed.
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7
Insert the supplied software disc into the drive, and then install
the software on the disc.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
For details about the software on the supplied software disc, see “Supplied
Software” on page 19.
Hints
You do not need serial numbers when you install the software on the supplied software
disc. However, in some instances you may have to purchase serial numbers or upgrade
keys to upgrade the software.
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Appropriate Jumper Settings
Depending on the settings of your computer, use one of the following
configurations.
Hint
Replacing your current optical drive with the DVD/CD rewritable
drive
Connect the drive as follows.
DVD/CD
rewritable drive
1st drive
Hard disk drive (usually)
MASTER
Use the same
setting as the
current drive’s
jumper setting.
Current optical
drive
Primary
IDE connector
Secondary
IDE connector
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Setup
Your computer has two IDE connectors: a primary and a secondary connector. You can
connect up to two devices to each connector using cables (one master device and one slave
device per cable; hard disk, CD, or DVD drives, etc.). The hard disk of your computer is
normally connected on the primary IDE cable as the master device. Before connecting the
drive, refer to the items below to determine your situation, and then place the jumper in the
MASTER or SLAVE position.
Installing the DVD/CD rewritable drive as a second drive
Connect the drive as follows.
2nd drive
DVD/CD
rewritable drive
1st drive
Hard disk drive (usually)
MASTER
Place the jumper in
the MASTER position.
Primary
IDE connector
Secondary
IDE connector
The following configuration is also possible.
2nd drive
DVD/CD
rewritable drive
Place the jumper
in the SLAVE
position.
Primary
IDE connector
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1st drive
Hard disk drive (usually)
MASTER
Secondary
IDE connector
Installing the DVD/CD rewritable drive as a third drive
Connect the drive as follows.
3
rd drive
DVD/CD
rewritable drive
2
Hard disk drive (usually)
MASTER
nd drive
Hard disk drive, or
DVD/CD drive, etc.
MASTER
Setup
1st drive
Place the jumper in
the SLAVE position.
Primary
IDE connector
Secondary
IDE connector
The following configuration is also possible.
1st drive
Hard disk drive (usually)
MASTER
3
rd drive
DVD/CD
rewritable drive
2nd drive
Hard disk drive, or
DVD/CD drive, etc.
SLAVE
Place the jumper
in the MASTER
position.
Primary
IDE connector
Secondary
IDE connector
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Installing the DVD/CD rewritable drive as a fourth drive
Connect the drive as follows.
4th drive
1st drive
Hard disk drive (usually)
MASTER
DVD/CD
rewritable drive
3nd drive
Hard disk drive, or
DVD/CD drive, etc.
MASTER
2nd drive
Hard disk drive, or
DVD/CD drive, etc.
SLAVE
Place the jumper in
the SLAVE position.
Primary
IDE connector
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Secondary
IDE connector
B Operation
Using the Drive
Use the supplied software to create discs and play back DVDs. Refer to the
documentation of each software for details about their operation.
Supplied Software
The supplied software disc contains the following software.
Nero Burning ROM 6 SE
Nero Burning ROM is the CD and DVD writing software.
Nero Express
A light version of the Nero Burning ROM software. Makes it even easier job
to create CDs and DVDs.
Nero BackItUp
Nero BackItUp is software that allows you to back up the data on your hard
disk to the hard disk, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, or CD-R/RW discs.
InCD 4
InCD 4 is a packet writing software. It supports writing to DVD-RW,
DVD+RW, and CD-RW.
NeroVision Express 3
DVD-Video and video CD authoring software.
Nero ShowTime 2
DVD-Video and video CD playback software.
Nero Recode 2
Nero Recode 2 is software for backing up the contents of a dual-layer DVD
video on a single disc. It also allows you to convert DVD video and movie files
into MPEG4-format files.
Nero Wave Editor 2
Audio processing software that allows you to modify and such audio files as
WAV, MP3, and WMA.
Nero Cover Designer
CD and DVD cover and label creation software.
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Operation
Nero StartSmart 2
Nero StartSmart serves as the command center to quickly start all the software
of the Nero 6 suite.
Nero Toolkit
The utilities of Nero Toolkit provide information about the system and more. Nero
CD-DVD Speed tests the speed of the existing drives. Nero DriveSpeed adjusts the
write speed to minimize drive noise. Nero InfoTool provides the main
characteristics of drives, the discs they contain, and the installed software.
Using Generic Software with the Drive
Using software other than the supplied software (such as generic software,
shareware, or freeware) to write data to disc with this drive is not under
warranty and Sony offers no customer service if problems arise from using
such software.
Make sure that the supplied writing software and generic writing software do
not coexist on your computer. Taking appropriate steps to avoid this situation,
especially in the case of packet writing software1) will help prevent erratic
operation of the software and/or computer.
If the generic software you are using does not detect the drive correctly, visit
the Web site of the software manufacturer and update the software, as this may
solve the problem.
1)
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Such as Roxio’s Drag-to-Disc, BHA’s B’s CLIP, and Sonic’s DLA.
Compatible Discs
The following discs are compatible with the drive.
DVD
Disc types
Logo
Read
Write
Write speed1)
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 16×)
DVD+R DL
(Double Layer)
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 4×)
DVD+RW
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 4×)
DVD+RW
(High Speed)
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 8×)
DVD-R
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 16×)
DVD-RW
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 6×)
DVD-ROM
—
—
DVD-Video
—
—
1)
Writing speed supported by the drive. Depending on your software and media, this speed
may vary.
For more details on writing speed by disc type, access the user support web site (see
page 33).
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Operation
DVD+R
CD
Disc types
Logo
Read
Write speed1)
Write
CD-R
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 48×)
CD-RW
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 4×)
CD-RW
(High Speed)
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 10×)
CD-RW
(Ultra Speed)
Speed supported by the disc
(max. 24×)
CD-ROM
CD-DA
(audio only)
CD Extra
Video CD
CD TEXT
1)
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
Writing speed supported by the drive. Depending on your software and media, this speed
may vary.
For more details on writing speed by disc type, access the user support web site (see
page 33).
Disc diameters
DVD
CD
Read
Write
12 cm
8 cm
—
12 cm
8 cm
Notes
• Only round discs should be used with this drive. Attempting to read odd-shaped discs
(stars, hearts, card shape, etc.) may damage the drive.
• Operation is not guaranteed when writing to or playing back 99 minute discs
• With 8 cm discs, you must place the drive horizontally.
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Recommended Writable Discs
We recommend that you only use discs for which operation has been
guaranteed. You can obtain the latest list of writable discs for which operation
with this drive has been guaranteed at the user support Web site address (see
page 33 for details).
User support Web site
Insert the supplied software disc into the drive, and in the [Menu Selection]
screen, click [User Support Web Page]. You can also directly type the user
support Web site address (see page 33 for details) in the address box of your
Web browser.
Note
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Operation
You can safely use most disc formats that comply to the appropriate standards with this drive.
However, bear in mind that some generic discs do not comply to quality or performance
standards necessary for safe use with this drive. If you use such discs, the drive may
automatically adjust the writing speed, writing errors may occur, and discs that have been
written to may generate reading errors, etc.
Writable Disc Features
You can use a variety of discs with the drive to write data. Refer to the table
below to find the type of disc that matches what you want to do.
DVD+R
DVD+R DL
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD-RW
CD-R
CD-RW
Want to create DVDVideo that can be
played back by most
drives and/or players
Want to create DVDs
that you can modify
Want to create DVDs
to which you can add
to later.
Want to create video
CDs that can be played
back with most
computers
Want to use DVDs as
you would video tapes
(allowing multiple
rewrites)
Want to share 700 MB
of data or more
(Want to create DVDROM discs)
Want to share data that
can be used on most
computers (Want to
create CD-ROM discs)
Want to create audio
CDs that be played
back by most CD
players
Want to back up your
hard disk
Want to store data
without deleting it
Want to use discs as
floppy disks
Note
You can access/play back the data written to the discs above with most drives/players that
support their formats. However, some combinations of drives/players and discs (depending
on their quality and/or characteristics) may make access/playback impossible. For details,
refer to your drive/player documentation.
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CD-R and CD-RW Discs
The DVD/CD RW drive can write to CD-R and CD-RW discs, when used with
writing software. The ability of another model of CD-ROM drive to play (or
read data) written by the DVD/CD RW drive depends on having the
appropriate software settings when writing to the disc.
CD-R Discs
Data can be written to this type of disc only once, and once it has been written,
it cannot be erased. Music CDs created on CD-R disc media can be played in
a common CD player.
High Speed CD-RW Discs
The drive can write to High Speed CD-RW disc media. Data written on High
Speed CD-RW discs can be read by common CD-ROM drives other than the
drive.
Note
Drives that do not have the High Speed CD-RW logo cannot be used to write to High Speed
CD-RW discs. When writing or appending to such discs with a drive other than this one, be
sure that the drive has the High Speed CD-RW logo. Also, always set the writing speed to
that specified for the particular High Speed CD-RW disc media being used.
Ultra Speed CD-RW Discs
The drive can write to High Speed CD-RW and Ultra Speed CD-RW disc
media. Data written to these discs can be read by common CD-ROM drives
other than the drive.
Note
Drives that do not have the Ultra Speed CD-RW logo cannot be used to write to Ultra Speed
CD-RW discs. When writing or appending to such discs with a drive other than this one, be
sure that the drive has the Ultra Speed CD-RW logo. Also, always set the writing speed to
that specified for the particular Ultra Speed CD-RW disc media being used.
Writing Speed
When writing to CD-R and CD-RW discs, set the writing speed specified on
the disc. Changing the writing speed is done through the writing software.
Reading Discs
CD-R and CD-RW discs created with the DVD/CD RW drive can be read on
most CD-ROM drives. However, some older CD-ROM drives cannot read
CD-RW discs.
Also, CD-R music discs created and finalized with the DVD/CD RW drive can
be played in most CD players, but playback cannot be guaranteed for all CD
players or automobile CD players.
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Operation
CD-RW Discs
Data can be written to and erased from this type of disc repeatedly. Typically,
a new CD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times.
Music CDs created on CD-RW disc media cannot be played in a CD player
unless it is specifically designed to be CD-RW compatible.
Also, depending on the particular drive-disc combination, some CD-R and
CD-RW discs may not be readable in some drives due to variations in disc
quality and drive characteristics from one manufacturer to another.
Writable DVD Discs
The DVD/CD RW drive can write to DVD+R DL, DVD+R and DVD-R discs,
as well as to DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs, when used with writing software.
The playback (read) compatibility with DVD-ROM drives or DVD players of
data written by this DVD/CD RW drive depends on the capabilities of the
DVD-ROM drives or the DVD players and on the logical format selected when
the disc is recorded (written).
DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD-R Discs
Data can be written to this type of disc only once. Once it has been written, it
cannot be erased. Playback (read) compatibility of DVD+R and DVD-R discs
with DVD-ROM drives or DVD players depends on the capability of the
DVD-ROM drive and the DVD player and on the logical format selected when
it is recorded (written).
DVD+RW and DVD-RW Discs
Data can be repeatedly written to or erased from this type of disc. Typically, a
new DVD+RW or DVD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times.
Playback (read) compatibility of DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs with DVDROM drives or DVD players depends on the capability of the DVD-ROM
drive and the DVD player and on the logical format selected when it is
recorded (written).
Disc Playback (Reading Data)
DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD-R discs, as well as DVD+RW and DVD-RW
discs created and finalized with the DVD/CD RW drive can be played back on
almost all DVD-ROM drives. However depending on the type of your drive,
playback of DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW discs may not be
supported.
In addition, some drives do not support multi-session (DVD+R DL/DVD+R/
DVD+RW) or multi-border (DVD-R/DVD-RW). In these cases, you can only
playback the disc in single-session (DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD+RW) or
single-border (DVD-R/DVD-RW).
Also, DVD-Video discs created with the DVD/CD RW drive can be played
back on many standard DVD players. However depending on the type of your
player, playback of DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs may not be supported.
Further, because of the differences in quality and characteristics between
various DVD-ROM drive, DVD player, DVD+R DL disc, DVD+R disc,
DVD+RW disc, DVD-R disc, and DVD-RW disc manufacturers, playback
may not be possible depending on the combination. (Playback compatibility is
not under warranty.)
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Precautions when Writing Data to Disc
Write speed and compatible discs
• When writing data to disc at high speeds, you must use the appropriate type
of disc.
• Configure the writing speed through your writing software. For details about
the setting procedures, refer to your writing software documentation.
• When writing data to disc, the drive may adjust the writing speed to the
quality of the disc in the drive. Depending on the transfer rate, there may also
be limitations on writing speeds.
The playback of DVD-Video (DVD discs) is protected and controlled by a
region code setting. For the drive to play back DVD-Video, the region code on
the DVD disc, the region code of the drive, and the region code of the
DVD-Video software must all match.
With this drive, the region code can be set up to five times, including the initial
assignment (RPC phase 21) standard). After setting the region code five times,
the setting becomes permanent and can no longer be changed. From this point
on, you are only able to play back DVD-Video whose region code matches the
one set the fifth time.
Do not attempt to make unauthorized changes to the region code. Any
problems resulting from doing so are not covered by the warranty.
Hint
You can change the region code of the drive on it’s properties dialog box accessible from the
Device Manager.
Precautions when playing back DVD-Video
DVD-Video disc playback conditions are sometimes determined by software
manufacturers. Because the drive plays back discs as determined by software
manufacturers, some drive functions may not always perform as expected.
When playing back DVD-Video, refer to the documentation accompanying
each disc.
DVD copy protection technology
Most DVD-Video discs on the market are protected against unauthorized
copy. Attempting to copy protected discs violates copyright laws.
1)
Region Playback Control (RPC) standard.
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Operation
DVD region codes
Copy controlled CDs
This product is designed to play back discs conforming to the compact disc
(CD) standard. Audio CDs encoded with copyright protection technology are
now marketed by various record companies. Be aware that some of these discs
do not conform to the CD standard and you may not be able to play them back
with the drive. When using the drive as an audio CD player, only use audio
CDs with the following mark. Some of these discs are encoded in such a way
as to prevent sampling and/or copy, while others can only be played back
under certain conditions. For details, refer to the documentation of your audio
CD.
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Maximizing Performance
User Support Web Site
Make sure that you use High Speed discs for which this operation has been
certified by Sony. For the latest information about these discs, visit the user
support Web site. When using discs other than those mentioned above, the
drive may limit writing speed to preserve a good reading quality.
Updating the Firmware
Hint
The firmware is the built-in software that makes the drive work.
For details about the user support web site, see page 33.
Turbo Boost Function
The default read/write speed of this drive is 40× speed. With a single touch,
you can activate the Turbo Boost function, to raise the read/write speed to 48×
speed.
Note
• On rare occasions, some discs may not be able to tolerate 48× speed, causing them to break.
We recommend that you do not use deeply scratched, brittle, or other discs that may break
at 48× speed.
• The Turbo Boost function does not guarantee a 48× write speed. Depending on the
condition of the disc you are using, the speed may be automatically lowered.
• The Turbo Boost function does not increase read/write speed with CD-RW discs.
1
Insert a disc into the drive.
The read/write speed when you insert a disc is normally 40× speed.
2
Press and hold the Eject button for five seconds.
The Busy indicator blinks twice and the read/write speed switches to 48×
speed. (The Turbo Boost function is active.)
Hint
When you open the disc tray, the read/write speed reverts to its default of 40× speed.
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Operation
We recommend using the drive with the latest firmware as some problems
encountered when using the drive can be solved simply by updating the drive
firmware. Firmware updates are available on the user support Web site.
B Miscellaneous
Precautions for Use
Operation and storage conditions
Avoid using or storing the drive in a hot or
humid location, or where it might be subject
to severe vibration or direct sunlight.
On transportation
• Please repack the drive in its original
carton when shipping by itself.
• If the drive is to be shipped while installed
in a PC, remove any disc beforehand.
Avoiding condensation problems
As much as possible, avoid sudden
temperature changes. Do not attempt to use
the drive immediately after moving it from a
cold to a warm location, or raising the room
temperature suddenly, as condensation may
form within the drive. If the temperature
changes suddenly while using the drive, stop
using it but keep the power on for at least an
hour.
Handling discs
• Handle discs only by the edges. Never
touch the recording surface.
• Do not affix labels on discs.
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• Do not store discs in dusty, dirty or humid
locations, in direct sunlight, or near heatgenerating devices.
• To protect important data, always keep
discs in their protective cases.
• Do not wipe writable discs to clean them
before recording data. Instead, use a
blower to remove any dust.
• Data may not record properly if a scratch
or dust is present on the unrecorded area of
writable discs. Use special care when
handling.
Drive
Specifications
Compatible discs
Disc diameters
DVD
12 cm
8 cm2)
CD
12 cm
8 cm2)
1)
2)
Write
(max.)
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
6×-CAV
6×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
8×-CAV
16×-CAV
6×-CAV
48×-CAV1)
32×-CAV
32×-CAV
32×-CAV
48×-CAV1)
10×-CAV
48×-CAV1)
2.4×
4×
8×-P-CAV
16×-CAV
2.4×
4×
2.4×
4×
8×-ZCLV
1×
4×
8×-P-CAV
16×-CAV
1×
2×
4×
6×
—
—
48×-CAV1)
4×
10×
24×-ZCLV
—
—
—
—
The default setting is 40×. You must use the
turbo boost function to achieve 48× speed.
With 8 cm discs, you must place the drive
horizontally.
Data transfer rate
DVD: 22.1 MB/s (16× speed1))
CD: 7.2 MB/s (48× speed1))
Access time
Average random stroke
Approx. 135 ms (DVD)
Approx. 140 ms (CD)
1)
Maximum data transfer rate depends on the
capabilities of the host computer.
Buffer underrun error protection
Operating environment
Operating temperature
5 to 40 ºC
Power and miscellaneous
Power comsumption
25.5 W
Power source
DC +5 V
1.5 A max.
DC +12 V
1.5 A max.
Size
Approx. 146 × 41.3 × 165 mm (W×H×D)
(excluding front panel)
Weight
Approx. 0.9 kg (drive only)
DVD
Random write
Sequential write
Laser
CD
Type: RLD78PZW3
Wavelength: 782 nm
Output power: 90 mW (CW)
240 mW (Pulse)
CD
Track-at-once
Disc-at-once
Session-at-once
Packet writing
DVD
Type: ML101J25-23
Wavelength: 658 nm
Output power: 100 mW (CW)
255 mW (Pulse)
Writing systems
Miscellaneous
DVD+R
DVD+R (4×)
DVD+R (8×)
DVD+R (16×)
DVD+R Double Layer
DVD+R Double Layer(4×)
DVD+RW
DVD+RW (4×)
DVD+RW (High Speed)
DVD-R
DVD-R (4×)
DVD-R (8×)
DVD-R (16×)
DVD-RW
DVD-RW (2×)
DVD-RW (4×)
DVD-RW (6×)
DVD-ROM
DVD-Video
CD-R
CD-RW
CD-RW (High Speed)
CD-RW (Ultra Speed)
CD-ROM
CD-DA
CD-DA (DAE)
Read
(max.)
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Interface
Drive interface
ATAPI (EIDE) compliant
Buffer capacity
2 MB
Drive product number (Inquiry)
SONY DVD RW DRU-720A
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
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Support Overview
If you have problems with the drive, or are
unsure of a procedure or some other details,
please contact your Sony customer support
center.
User Support Web Site
Accessing the user support Web
site
Insert the supplied software disc into the
drive, and in the [Menu Selection] screen,
click [User Support Web Page]. You can
also directly type the user support Web site
address (see Product and Support
Information for details) in the address box of
your Web browser.
Update the Drive Firmware
Some problems encountered when using the
drive can be solved simply by updating the
drive firmware. Firmware updates are
available on the user support Web site.
Access the site, make sure that there is an
update for your firmware, and follow the
instructions on the screen to proceed with
download and installation.
Sony Global Sites Information
(As of November, 2004)
Product purchased in the USA:*
http://sony.storagesupport.com/
Product purchased in Canada:
http://www.sony.ca/
Product purchased in Australia or New
Zealand:
http://www.sony.com.au/
Product purchased in Europe:*
http://www.sonydigital-link.com/osd/
Product purchased in Hong Kong:*
http://www.sony.com.hk/Electronics/cp
Miscellaneous
You can find the following information on
this Web site. The information is
periodically updated, so we recommend that
you visit regularly.
• Information about the drive
• Information about the software supplied
with the drive
• Latest firmware
• Frequently asked questions
• Troubleshooting guide
• Certified compatible computers
• Certified compatible discs
• Operating instructions
• Et cetera
Product and Support
Information
Product purchased in China:*
http://www.sony.com.cn/ed/cp
Product purchased in Singapore:
http://www.sony.com.sg/asianit/
Product purchased in Taiwan:*
http://www.sony.com.tw/stwn/cpd/
index.htm
Product purchased in Korea:*
http://www.sony.co.kr/cp
Product purchased in Brazil:
http://www.sony.com.br
Product purchased in the Middle East:
http://www.sony-mea.com/
* Local Web sites for computer peripheral
products
About the Bundled Software
Detailed information about the supplied
software is available on the Web sites of the
software manufacturer.
http://www.nero.com
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Technical Support
Please consult the above sources before
calling with questions about using this
product, or with technical questions about
the drive or the supplied software. If using
telephone or e-mail support, please have the
following information available:
• Model number: DRU-720A
• Serial number
• Date and place of purchase
• Computer maker and model number
• Computer specifications (CPU speed,
memory size, OS version, etc.)
• Writing software used (version, etc.)
Local technical support is only
available in the specified sales
regions. The customers in these
regions should be provided with a
warranty card for this product. For
contact information, refer to the
warranty card.
Note that technical support
conditions may vary according to
the locality, and that charges
and/or limited service may apply in
some regions.
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