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Safety Precautions
Installing Device Driver
How to Use
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Safety Precautions
Safety Precautions
During Installation
System Requirements
During Operating
Install the DVD±R/RW Drive
Installing Drive
Removing USB Converter Cable
Device Driver
Checking USB 2.0 and Installing USB
Firmware Update
Confirming the Installation of Device Driver
How To Use
How to Use the Drive
Storing the Disc
How to Use DVD±R/RW and Other Discs
Cleaning the Disc
When the on/off Light Blinks
Caution: Possible Errors
Safety Precautions
Safety Precautions
This symbol indicates explanations about extremely dangerous matters. If users ignore this
symbol and handle the device the wrong way, serious injury or death could result.
This symbol indicates explanations about dangerous matters. If users ignore this symbol and
handle the device the wrong way, damage to home or property could result.
Important to read and understand at all times
Do not disassemble
Always make sure that the disc does not have a crack before use. If the disc has a crack (especially
around the center hole), it is recommended to make a copy immediately and use the copy instead.
When a cracked disc is used continuously, the size of the crack is likely to grow and this will
eventually result in irreparable damage to the disc.
Safety Precautions
During Installation
Do not drop the drive, and protect it from severe shocks.
- It can damage the drive or cause it to malfunction.
Do not place the drive in direct sunlight.
Avoid low or high temperature environments.
Avoid high-humidity environments.
Safety Precautions
During Operating
Handle with caution to prevent damage from external shock.
Do not drop the drive, and protect it from severe shocks.
- It can damage the drive or cause it to malfunction.
Do not move the drive while in operation and do not attempt to open
the disc tray by force.
Make sure to close all working programs before attempting to open the
tray and always use the open/close button.
Do not insert a pin into the emergency opening while in operation.
Do not insert hands in the tray while in operation.
This may cause damage to the product or human body
Do not use cracked, distorted or damaged discs.
In particular, a disc with a crack on the inner tracks may break
while in use.
Do not turn the power off or disconnect the power cord while the drive
is working.
- This may result in an operational error.
Always check to be sure the disc is not cracked before use. If you find a crack on the disc
(especially around the center hole), make a copy of the disc immediately and use the copy instead.
Continued use of a cracked disc will cause the crack to become bigger, resulting in irreparable damage
to the disc.
Do not use low-quality discs (illegal, scratched, damaged, etc.).
Samsung is not responsible for any loss resulting from the use of such discs.
Safety Precautions
Never allow food particles or foreign substances to enter the drive
To protect against the risk of fire, do not spill such liquids as
alcohol and benzene on the drive.
Do not disassemble, attempt to repair or modify the device
without express approval as directed in the manual.
- To reduce the risk of damage, electric shock, and fire.
Do not shock or disassemble the AC adapter.
- This may result in an operational error or electric shock.
* Use the adapter provided by Samsung.
Safety Precautions
Correct Disposal of This Product (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)
(Applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems)
This marking shown on the product or its literature, indicates that it should not be disposed
with other household wastes at the end of its working life. To prevent possible harm to the
environment or human health from uncontrolled waste disposal, please separate this from
other types of wastes and recycle it responsibly to promote the sustainable reuse of
material resources.
Household users should contact either the retailer where they purchased this product, or
their local government office, for details of where and how they can take this item for
environmentally safe recycling.
Business users should contact their supplier and check the terms and conditions of the
purchase contract. This product should not be mixed with other commercial wastes for
1. Emergency Hole
2. On/Off Lamp
3. Open/Close Button
4. Disc Tray
Design and specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
1. USB Interface Port
2. Power Port
3. Power Switch
External DVD±R/RW Drive
USB 2.0 Converter Cable
AC Power Adapter
Vertical Stand
Drive installation instruction sheets
Application Software & Manual CD
(software: Nero Express 6, InCD4, Nero Vision Express, Nero ShowTime, Nero BackItUp,
Nero Recode)
z In case you need to return the purchased product, be sure to include all the accessories provided with
the product to receive a refund.
The type of accessories varies depending on product model.
You need to have an IBM-compatible PC with the following specifications.
Microsoft Windows 98 SE/2000/Me/XP(SP 1.0 or higher)
Pentium4 2.0GHz or above
256Mbytes or greater
USB 2.0 Interface connector
Versatile Multimedia Features
DVD-R : Read / Write
DVD-RW : Read / Write / Rewrite allowed
DVD+R : Read / Write
DVD+RW : Read / Write / Rewrite allowed
DVD-ROM : Read
DVD+R Dual : Read / Write
DVD-R Dual : Read / Write
CD-R : Read / Write
CD-RW : Read / Write / Rewrite allowed
Supports Read (playback) for various types of
See table below for details
Disc Type
Writable : write once, read many times.
Rewritable : write data one or more times.
DVD Recommended Disc Types
DVD-R Media
Taiyo-Yuden, TDK, MKM, Hitachi Maxell, Fuji Film, PVC, Panasonic, RiTEK, CMC, UNIFINO
DVD-RW Media
DVD+R Media
RICOH, Taiyo-Yuden, MKM, RiTEK, CMC, Prodisc, Optdisc
DVD+RW Media
DVD+R Dual
DVD-R Dual
CD Recommended Disc Types
CD-R Media
Taiyo-Yuden, RICOH, MKM, Hitachi Maxell, Fuji Film, RiTEK(Phtharo), CMC, Pioneer, Princo, TDK
CD-RW Media
HS CD-RW Media
US CD-RW Media
Buffer underrun free technology
What is " buffer underrun free technology "?
A technology to prevent "buffer underrun" errors in which the data transmission speed is not as
fast as the data writing speed when data is being recorded on a CD.
Reading / Recording Speed
Reading Speed(MAX)
DVD-ROM(S)(16X), DVD-ROM(D)(8X), DVD-R (12X), DVD-RW (8X), DVD+R (12X), DVD+RW (8X),
CD-ROM (48X), CD-R (40X), CD-RW (40X), DVD+R DUAL (8X), DVD-R DUAL (8X)
Recording Speed(MAX)
DVD+R DUAL (5X), DVD+RW (8X), DVD-R (16X), DVD+R (16X), DVD-RW (6X), CD-R (48X),
CD-RW (32X), DVD-R DUAL (4X)
Installing DVD±R/RW Drive
1. Turn the PC Off.
2. Connect the necessary cables, then turn on the drive
- Connect the USB Cable to the drive ' s USB connector.
- Connect the supplied AC power cord to the supplied AC adapter.
Then connect the AC adapter to the drive ' s DC IN jack, and connect the power cord to the
power outlet.
- Then turn on the drive
3. Connect the other end of the of the USB cable to your computer.
If your computer is not equipped with a USB connector, install a USB interface card.
Installing DVD±R/RW Drive
This drive uses Plug & Play function designed for Windows. Follow the procedures below to use a USB
converter cable.
1. Close all the software programs which are currently being used.
2. Click the icon at the right bottom of the screen as shown in the picture.
3. Disconnect the USB converter cable.
Do not disconnect the USB converter cable while the drive is in operation or the computer is
getting started.
Firmware Update and Confirming
the Installation
Checking USB 2.0
In order to use this drive at the speed of USB2.0 on PCs not supporting USB 2.0, you need to install
USB 2.0 adapter card. Otherwise, this drive will operate by connecting USB 1.1, but within the speed
range of USB 1.1. You can check the type of USB 2.0 adapter card for your PC as follows.
Windows 98SE/ME
Right-click on My Computer icon on your desktop and select properties. Then, click on Device Manager
tab and check the information. If a yellow “exclamation point” appears next to Universal Serial Bus
Controller, contact the card or PC manufacturer.
Windows 2000/XP
Right-click on My Computer icon on your desktop and select properties. Then, click on Hardware tab and
Device Manager Button in order, and then check the information. If a yellow “exclamation point” appears
next to Universal Serial Bus Controller, contact the card or PC manufacturer.
Installing USB Driver for Windows 98SE
This drive is a plug-and-play USB storage. In Windows ME/2000/XP, you can use this drive solely by
connecting with PCs. However, Windows 98SE cannot recognize this USB drive. When you install the
drive first time, you need to install the USB Driver on your PC to use this USB drive.
You can download and install the driver for Windows 98SE OS as follows.
Go To
Click Tech-Information on the menubar
Click [Application Softwares].
Click USB Driver. Check for your drive model and start downloading.
Firmware Update and Confirming
the Installation
1. Go to
2. Click Firmware on the menu bar (in the upper right-hand corner).
3. Click Firmware Downloads. Check for your drive model and start downloading.
Firmware Update and Confirming
the Installation
Confirming Using [Device Manager]
Windows 98/Me
1. Click [Start] - [Settings] - [Control Panel] - [System]
2. Click on the [Device Manager] tab in the System Properties Window.
3. Click CDROM drive in the Device Manager window.
1 in the picture in the left appear if the driver is installed properly.
Windows 2000
1. Click [Start] - [Settings] - [Control Panel] - [System]
2. Click on the [Hardware] tab in the System Properties window and then click on the [Device
Manager] tab.
3. Click DVD/CD-ROM drive in the Device Manager window.
1 in the picture in the left appear if the driver is installed properly.
Firmware Update and Confirming
the Installation
Windows XP
1. Go to [Start] - [Settings] - [Control Panel] - [Performance and Maintenance]
2. Click [System] icon in the Performance and Maintenance window.
3. Click [Hardware] tab in the System Properties window.
4. Click the [Device Manager] button.
1 in the picture in the left appear if the driver is installed properly.
How To Use The DVD±R/RW Drive
When the On/Off light is orange, do not turn the PC off or remove the DVD±R/RW Drive as it may
cause damage in the drive.
How to Use a Horizontally Installed Drive
You can use 3.15 Inch or 4.72 Inch (8cm or 12cm)
The drive cannot read the disc properly if any part of the
disc is place outside the tray guiding line.
How to Use a Vertically Installed Drive
This drive can be installed vertically.
You can use only the 4.72 Inch (12cm) discs.
(You cannot use the 3.15 Inch (8cm) discs)
The drive cannot read the disc properly if any part of the
disc is place outside the tray guiding line.
How To Use The DVD±R/RW Drive
The DVD±R/RW Drive allows writing DVD RW discs using Nero Express and enables
"packet writing" (high-speed recording) using InCD.
The drive also allows writing DVD R discs using Nero Express.
Unauthorized copying of DVD or software titles is illegal and the individuals that make
illegal copies will be held responsible for any copyright infringement.
Using low-quality discs may lengthen the recording time or not supporting due to
reduction in double speed.
You can use the DVD±R/RW Drive to playback music CDs, CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, or DVD-ROM discs,
like a CD-ROM drive or a DVD-ROM drive. If your computer recognizes the [CD-ROM] icon designated to
the DVD±R/RW Drive as the 'E:' drive, insert a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM disc and access the 'E:' drive.
To Playback a DVD Video Disc :
You need a DVD decoder board or the DVD decoder software program.
(Provided with NERO Show TIME)
Use WinDVD Show TIME to change the region code of the DVD±R/RW Drive.
DVD Region Protection Coding (RPC):
The RPC feature is supported on DVD players and is used with DVD-video discs (such as movies).
Currently, the motionpicture industry has divided the worldinto different regions or zones thatcorrespond to
the regional markets intowhich the motion picture industry releasesmovies. Simply put, RPC codes are
placedon movies marketed throughout the world,based on the region of the world inwhich they are being
sold. These RPCcodes help control and prevent piratingof new movies into other motion pictureregions prior
to their true releasedates within those markets.
The SE-W164 External DVD±R/RW drive supports RPCphase II. In the RPC-2 mode, the localcode can be
changed by users. RPC-2is selected by default for the SE-W164 External DVD±R/RW drive.
You can change the region code up tofive times via an MPEG application.
Please contact your dealer or local SAMSUNG representative if you wish tochange the local code more than
What is a MAGIC SPEED?
MAGIC SPEED is a program that supports users to select at his or her discretion the reading speed of
CD disc between two modes offered by drive: Maximum Speed Mode (Max Mode) and Silent Mode.
Development Background
ODD products launching nowadays are providing a high reading speed.
With the increased reading speed, faster data processing has become possible. However, high rotation
speed often causes louder noise, and it is more possible to crash the cracked or bent discs. Against this
backdrop, our Company has developed a speed-down algorithm and applied this technology to new
launching products to provide safer and more comfortable environments for PC users.
※ What is Speed-down Algorithm?
It establishes a safer disc reading speed in operating the device in order to prevent possible disc
crashes in using CDs with cracks in start. In addition, for customers who want to play CDs at its
maximum speed, MAGIC SPEED program offers the function of selecting reading speed, so that
customers can set the speed as they want. (Recording speed will run at recordable speed without
What Are MAGIC SPEED Modes and How to Use
● Max Mode: Setting reading speed to its maximum level provided by drive.
● Silent Mode: Setting reading speed to a stable low speed.
● Since modes set by MAGIC SPEED function will be maintained in using the drive connecting other
PC, please confirm first the setting status before use.
Caution: A disc with crack may be crashed in playing with Max Mode. We recommend you to use
such disc in Silent Mode, or make a copy immediately before use.
● First, install MAGIC SPEED program registered on our website.
● On MAGIC SPEED tray icon, select right-click to execute the program.
● Select the mode you want to use on Program Execution Window and select “settings”. Then,
reading speed of the drive will run in selected mode.
● Select “Close” to exit Program Execution Window.
In this occasion, reading speed will be run in the set speed if there is no separate mode change or
program exit.
※ We recommend you to use “Max Mode” for data copy or disc copy, and “Silent Mode” for normal
※ Other functions
▶ To disable Auto Run
This is a default program that automatically runs in every PC booting.
If you want to quit this auto run function, deselect the auto run item selected on tray icon
Where Can I Download MAGIC SPEED?
Visit our website for customer support (, and select Firmware → MAGIC
Storing/Cleaning Disc
This part of the manual is to prevent damages or data loss.
Read carefully and use the device properly.
Do not place it under the direct sunlight.
Place it so that it sits on its side on a flat surface.
Do not scratch or place a label on the disc.
Handle the disc with caution to prevent damage from external shock.
Do not expose it to severe temperature fluctuations.
(Exposure to such environment may cause congealing.)
Storing/Cleaning Disc
This part of the manual is to prevent damages or data loss.
Read carefully and use the device properly.
Do not touch the surface of the disc.
Place your fingers on the edge of the disc to hold.
Clean the disc lightly with soft cotton cloth, starting from the center and move to
the edge of the disc.
Use only disc cleaning liquids. Do not use benzene, paint thinner, or any other solvents.
If the disc surface becomes dirty with fingerprints, foreign substances or dust, the disc may not
function properly.
Storing/Cleaning Disc
On/Off Lamp
Disc Lead-In
Green: Blinks every 0.3 seconds.
Green: Blinks every 0.3 seconds.
Green: Blinks every 0.3 seconds.
Audio Playback [Analog Mode]
Green: Blinks every 0.3 seconds.
Audio Playback [Digital Mode]
Green: Blinks every 0.3 seconds.
No Disc
The indicator light turns off when the drive is not in use (standby) after disc lead-in.
The tray won't open.
Meaning / Solution
See if the Drive on.
If the tray still won't open with the power on, turn the power off and
insert a pin(paper clip) into the emergency hole to open.
The tray won't close.
Make sure the disc has been inserted properly.
The PC is not working properly.
See if the drive is properly connected to the PC.
See if the floppy disc remains in the PC.
The drive is not working properly.
See if the drive is connected properly to the PC.
See if the device drive program has been installed properly.
No sound is heard from an audio
Check that the sound card is operational.
The computer doesn't recognize
the drive.
USB cable is not connected properly between the computer USB port
and the drive .
Check the condition of the CD and wipe the surface of the CD
clean before use.
Ensure that both connectors of the USB cable is properly connected
to the USB ports on the computer and the drive.
Can be an OS problem. Try reinstalling the Windows OS program.
The system won't read the disc.
See if the system detects the drive.
Make sure you use the types of discs that are supported by the drive.
See if the on/off light turns into green.
Make sure you inserted the disc with the label facing up.
Make sure you are using the right program for disc playback.
See if the disc is clean.
See if any congealing has occurred.
Make sure the region code of the drive matches the disc number.
Caution: Possible Errors
DVD±R/RW drives record data on the disc by applying laser light onto the surface of the CD DVD, and
therefore writing errors may occur if you use a damaged CD DVD , for example . Be sure to eliminate the
following error-causing elements before you start writing:
* The following settings are recommended for all DVD±R/RW drives:
Avoid a situation that requires multitasking , and remove turn off the screen saver.
A buffer underrun may occur if the system multitasks while the DVD±R/RW CD-RW drive is
Block any outside attempt to access the host PC during a writing session.
An error may occur if another user accesses the printer connected to his/her the system via the
network during a writing session.
Disable the CD auto - run feature of the CD.
Inserting an auto - run-enabled CD in to another drive connected to the same system during a
writing/erasing session may cause an error.
How to disable the auto-run feature: Windows 98/ME
GO to Start Settings Control Panel System Hardware Device Manger CD- ROM
Settings . Disable Insert AutoRun.
It is recommended that you use the image file format when you write a large number of smallsized files.
When there are a large number of small-sized files to write , the system's transmission rate drops
and the Superlink feature works at a more frequent rate, resulting in lower writing quality.
If you are doing a CD-to-CD write , it is not necessary to check to see if you have available space
on your hard disc beforehand.
However, in the case of image files, it is recommended that you be sure you have at least twice the
amount of space needed for the data on your hard disc , as image files are copied to the hard disc
before they are copied to the CD.
Do not use more than one type of writing software.
Before you install a writing program, be sure to first uninstall existing versions of the program or
other writing program ( s ) and reboot the system first .
(The Windows operating system may be damaged if you install the Korean version while the
English version remains on the system.)
Use only the writing software provided by Samsung.
You may experience writing errors if you use with other writing programs.
Caution: Possible Errors
T he disc has bad properties data , and or there are other discs with different properties
available under the same ID.
The drive's write strategy is set in a way that the drive examines to examine the disc properties and
determine s the optimal write conditions for those properties.
For example, many disc makers do not bother to insert property information distinguishing 48X disc
s from 32X disc s . Since the two types of discs have the same properties data , although they
actually have different properties, it is often impossible to respond to the situation with a single write
strategy. In order to ensure stable writing , it is necessary to downgrade the write speed.
If discs from two different disc makers have the same write speed according to the labels , but
actually have different write speed s , I i t is necessary to downgrade the write speed to ensure
stable writing.
Samsung' s Standards for Write Speed Restriction
Standards 1
Standards 2
Write speed is downgraded for the sake of write stability , if high-speed
discs available in the market have particularly bad properties data , or there
are low-speed discs available under the same ID.
Speed-restricted discs go through further examination and adjustments
later. If high-speed discs are available under the same ID with as low-speed
discs (speed restricted at present), the speed restriction is removed when
the low-speed counterparts become no longer a una vailable in the market
under the same ID.
You may experience lower write quality in case if you use disc products by some disc makers
which that are not registered with the product's firmware.
Therefore, it is recommended that you use only discs by recommended companies . Even , and
even if the write session is completed successfully, check the write quality before you put the disc
in storage , especially in case of an important data backup.
(Samsung is not responsible for any loss resulting from data backup failure.)
External DVD±R/RW Drive
DVD-Video, DVD+R (Dual), DVD-R (Dual)
Interface Support
Usable Discs
CD-I, CD-I Bridge (Photo-CD, Video-CD),
Multisession CD (Photo-CD, CD-EXTRA, Portforio)
Disc Diameter
4.72 Inch or 3.15 Inch (120mm or 80mm)
Interface Port
USB 2.0
110ms (Random)
130ms (Random)
Media Type
PCAV 16X (21.6MB/sec)
CAV 12X (16.2MB/sec)
Z-CLV 8X (10.8MB/sec)
CAV 8X (10.8MB/sec)
Z-CLV 5X (6.75MB/sec)
CAV 8X (10.8MB/sec)
Data Transfer Speed DVD-RW
Z-CLV 4X (5.4MB/sec)
CAV 8X (10.8MB/sec)
PCAV 16X (21.6MB/sec)
CAV 12X (16.2MB/sec)
Z-CLV 6X (8.1MB/sec)
CAV 8X (10.8MB/sec)
CAV 16X (21.6MB/sec)
CAV 8X (10.8MB/sec)
CAV 48X (7.2MB/sec)
PCAV 48X (7.2MB/sec)
CAV 40X (6.0MB/sec)
PCAV 32X (4.8MB/sec)
CAV 40X (6.0MB/sec)
CLV 10X (1.5MB/sec)
CAV 40X (6.0MB/sec)
CLV 4X (0.6MB/sec)
CAV 40X (6.0MB/sec)
Buffer Memory
Horizontal / Vertical(cannot use 3.15 Inch(80mm) discs)
Drive Installation
41°F ~ 104 °F (5°c ~ 40°C)
10% ~ 80% (RH)
Size(Width x Height x Length)
6.41 X 1.96 X 9.13 Inch (163 X 50 X 232mm)
125,000 POH(Duty 20%)
Does not support DVD-R for Authoring.
Cannot playback or record on both sides of a two-sided disc simultaneously.
The read/write capacity of the supported discs depends on the condition of the disc
and the recording format of the drive. Therefore, the read/write quality may not be perfect.
Fcc information to the user
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device. pursuant
to part 15 of the FCC rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. this equipment generates.
Uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and. if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions. may cause harmful interference to radio communications However. there is no guarantee
that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception.
Wiich can be determined by tuming the equipment off and on. the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures.
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or experienced radio TV technician for help.
Change or modifications not expressly approded by the manufacturer responslble for comliance could
void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
Laser Standand
IEC 60825-1 : 1993 + A1 : 1997 + A2 : 2001
The product specifications above may be changed improve device performance without prior
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