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Sunday, July 01, 2007

1. Introduction

18X DVD writing speed, DVD RAM support and SATA interface are just a few of the features of this Super Multi DVD Burner from LG, that looks like it has the makings of a very high quality and reliable device. It offers maximum writing speeds of 18X for SL DVD±R, 10X for DL DVD±R, and 12X for DVD-RAM.

Let's start by taking a look at the specs.


  • Maximum Write Speeds
18x (CAV)
10x (ZCLV)
6x (CLV)
6x-12x (PCAV)
18x (CAV)
10x (ZCLV)
8x (ZCLV)
(High Speed DVD+RW: 6x(CLV), 8x(ZCLV)
48x (CAV)
32x (ZCLV)
  • Maximum Read Speeds
DVD-R/RW/ROM(SL/DL) 16x/13x/16x/12x max.
DVD-R DL 12x max.
DVD-RAM (Ver. 1.0/2.2) 6x max. (SL/DL). CASV
DVD-Video (CSS Compliant Disc) 4.8x max. (SL/DL). CASV
DVD+R/+RW 16x/13x max. CAV
DVD+R DL 12x max. CAV
CD-R/RW/ROM 48x/40x/48x max. CAV
CD-DA (DAE) 40x max. CAV
80mm CD 10x max.


The drive comes with the black bezel fitted, but there is also an ivory bezel included in the retail box. Also included is a Quick Setup Guide, 4 mounting screws, SATA Cables (both data and power), and the LG DVD Writer Solution CD with:

  • Nero Express (DVD/CD Recording software)
  • InCD (UDF Packet Writing software)
  • PowerProducer (Authoring software)
  • PowerDVD (MPEG-2 software)

Host interface: T13 ATA/ATAPI-7, MMC-5, INF-8090i v7)

External dimensions(WxHxD): 146x41.3x165 mm (W/O Bezel)

We take a look at the look at the drive's internal circuitry with the pictures below. The drive is based on the RENESAS R8J32022HFPV Chipset. Do not attempt to open the case, as this will void the warranty.


The LG DVD-RAM drive was recognised under Windows XP as "LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H62N CL00".

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