Exact Audio Copy can tell us a lot about a drive’s capabilities. From here you can choose to install the software, check out the manual or visit Sony’s user support web page. The region can be changed five times and after that it cannot be changed anymore. We do this so all tests can be compared reliably. The DRUA also erases at 32x. It also goes over the various buttons and connectors located on the front and back of the drive. This is a very rough, but good way to test the drive’s error correcting abilities.

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Sony Dvd/cd Rewritable Drive Dru-830a

The drive had no problems passing all of the on-the-fly tests and did not create any somy. By looking at the screenshot, you can see that the drive starts writing at I was not able to do this with older versions of Nero nor with utilities like CD Speed. For this test I randomly generated MB of files and directories to test the time it takes the drive to write and close a CD.

By default, the DRUA has a zony writing speed of 40x.

This gave the DRUA an average writing speed of about By looking at the KProbe screenshots, you can see that the discs burned by the drive had a low number of C1 errors and there were no C2 errors at all.

When it comes to consumer electronics, there are few names as well known as Sony. If a hardware device isn’t functioning properly, or if a ddvd or game that you’re installing states that it requires newer drivers, a driver update will be in order.


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The drive starts writing at 16x and jumps to 24x at about the 7 minute mark. The scratches on the disc had little effect on the drive’s speed and the number of errors remained relatively low. Somy is no stranger to the optical storage industry either. Here too, the DRUA did pretty well. Find out how to make your computer faster by running our Free Performance Scan.

In both cases the drive uses Z-CLV to reach its maximum writing speed. Prior to Driver Matic, all drivers had to be installed differently and required significant user involvement.

This is pretty good for a drive rated at only 48x. Dv find the latest driver for your computer we recommend running our Dw Driver Scan.

The region can be changed five times and after that it cannot be changed anymore. To top it off, Sony has included some pretty good documentation, a software bundle from Nero and a black replacement bezel.

By looking at the picture below you can see the drive’s IDE interface, power connector and audio output connectors. So what are “good” results supposed 380a look like?

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It also goes over the various buttons and connectors located on the front and back of the dtu. Hopefully, Sony can address this in a future firmware update. With Fuji’s 48x media, the drive started writing at about When it came to packet writing, the DRUA’s performance was pretty mixed. To test rewrite scores, Nero is used again to time how long it takes to write MB of random files and directories.


Sony’s new DVD writer is shipping now and can be purchased through some of the vendors listed on Pricegrabber. Since POF errors are uncorrectable, we really don’t want to see any of them at all. At the time of this review, this is the only official firmware available for the DRUA. Redesigned to maximize ease-of-use, Nero Express gives users the ability to quickly and easily burn audio, data and video to CD or DVD.

This gives a more realistic idea of how long it takes to write a CD. While not nearly as fast as some of the other DVD writers we’ve tested, it hadno problems ripping pressed audio CD’s at 40x. But, the way it is spread out can make it hard to find what you’re looking for.

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Sony also includes a black replacement bezel with the DRUA. Also, with many wireless adapters it is important to stay current as updates often contain security fixes. You’re also going to get different results for single and dual layer discs.