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Monday, June 11, 2007

1. Introduction


Hitachi LG Data Storage (HLDS) recently released a new Super Multi DVD Rewriter, capable of writing DVD recordables at 20x and supporting the RAM 2 specifications (Ver 2.1) for 12x writing on DVD-RAM media. The GSA-H55L supports HP's Lightscribe disc labeling technology and introduces for the first time the SecurDisc technology, co-developed by LG and Nero. SecurDisc allows users to password protect their data stored on optical discs. More information about the technology is available in the following pages.

- Drive Features & Specification

- 20x DVD±R Write Speed
- Compatible with all DVD/CD formats
- LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Support

SecurDisc™ Technology

- Password Protection
- Digital Signature
- Data Integrity Check - Data Reliability
- Copy Protection (Supports PDF file only)
Write Speed (DVD+R) 2.4x, 4x (CLV), 8x (ZCLV), 12x (PCAV), 16x, 18x,20x (CAV)
Write Speed (DVD+R DL) 2.4x, 4x (CLV), 6x , 8x (ZCLV), 10x (PCAV)
Write Speed (DVD-R) 2x, 4x(CLV), 8x (ZCLV), 12x (PCAV), 16x, 18x,20x (CAV)
Write Speed (DVD-R DL) 4x (CLV), 6x, 8x (ZCLV), 10x (PCAV)
Write Speed (DVD+RW) 2.4x, 4x,6x (CLV), 8x (ZCLV)
Write Speed (DVD-RW) 1x, 2x, 4x , 6x (CLV)
Write Speed (DVD-RAM) 2x, 3x (CLV) , 5x, 6x, 8x,12x PCAV (Ver. 2.0 & Higher )
Write Speed (CD-R) 16x (CLV), 24x (ZCLV), 40x, 48x (CAV)
Write Speed (CD-RW) 4x, 10x, 16x (CLV), 24x, 32x (ZCLV)
(High Speed: 10x . Ultra Speed = 16x)
Read Speed (CD-R/RW/ROM) 48x/40x/48xmax
Read Speed (DVD-R/RW/ROM) 16x/12x/16x max
Read Speed (DVD-ROM) 16x/12x max (Single/Dual)
Read Speed (DVD-RAM (Ver.1.0/2.1)) 5x, 12x PCAV
Read Speed (DVD-Video(CSS Compliant Disc)) 8x max. (Single/Dual layer)
Write Method(DVD-RAM/+RW) Random Write
Write Method(DVD-R/RW) Disc at Once
Incremental Recording
Restricted Overwrite (DVD-RW only)
Write Method(DVD+R) Sequential Recording
Write Method(DVD+RW) Random Write
Write Method(CD-R/RW) Disc at Once (DAO)
Session at Once (SAO)
Track at Once (TAO)
Packet Writing
Access Time DVD-ROM (SL/DL) 140/175 ms typ / CD-ROM 120 ms typ
Buffer Size 2MB
Loading Type Tray type
Interface Type X3T13 ATA/ATAPI5/1321D
W x D x H 148 x 42 x 17 mm
Weight Max 800g (Net)
Sustained Transfer rate DVD-ROM 22.16 Mbytes/s (16x) max
maxCD-ROM 7,200 kB/s (48x) max

The retail package of the drive includes the LG GSA-H55N, and the LG DVD Writer Solution CD-ROM which includes:

  • Nero Express DVD/CD Recording solution with SecurDisc support
  • InCD UDF packet writing software and SecurDisc reading Software
  • PowerProducer DVD authoring software
  • PowerDVD DVD-Video playing software
  • Owner's manual
  • Quick setup guide
  • Extra bezel

The ATAPI drive comes with black front bezel, as well as with an extra ivony bexel to match with your PC set. The SecurDisc and the lightscribe logos indicate the supported technologies.

The GSA-H55N is based on the Panasonic MN103SC7GRT1 704U6F28 2
and Panasonic AN22117A 704P4002 chipsets, also found on the company's LG GSA-H22N model.

- Nero Info Tool

- DVD Info

Let's move to our usual CD/DVD reading and recording tests, as well as the writing quality tests of the LG drive, powered by DaTARIUS.

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