SD-R5002 IDE DVD-R/RW - Page
member of the DVD-R/RW forum developed a DVD recording solution for your everyday
storage needs. Toshiba announced "SD-R5002" back is September 2002
model, making its entrance at the DVD recording race. The drive's specs were
almost identical with the Pioneer's DVR-A04, making the direct comparison at
- Drive features
The supported writings speed for the DVD-R format are 1X, and
2X, and 1X for the DVD-RW. The maximum reading speed for DVD-ROM is 12X CAV
for single layer and 8X CAV for dual layer discs.
As for the CD-R media, you can select among the 4X, 8X, 12X CLV
and 16X Z-CLV writing speeds, and 4X, 10X CLV writing for CD-RW format. The
CD-ROM/-R reading speed is 40X CAV and 20X for the HS-RW. Last, the 16X CAV
speed is supported for the CD-DA (DAE) format.
The supported buffer underun system and the 2MB cache buffer
will prevent any buffer underun problems in DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW formats. The
drive came with no region code selected, and the RPCII region control allows
user to change the region code 5 times.
The supported disc formats are: DVD (single layer/dual layer),
DVD-R (General in case of writing), DVD-RW (Ver 1.0& 1.1), CD-ROM Mode 1,
CD-ROM XA Mode 2, Photo CD, CD-DA, CD-Extra, CD-R. The following writing formats
1) DVD-R: DAO, Incremental recording
2) DVD-RW: DAO, Incremental recording, Restricted overwriting
2) CD-R/RW: DAO, SAO, TAO Packet write
Lastly, below we can see the drive's supported reading/writing
- The package
retail kit contains the drive itself, the Intervideo WinDVD, DVD playback software,
VOB Instant CD/DVD writer software, Pinnacle Studio 8SE video editing software,
the necessary cables and leads. The media included are two Toshiba CD-R, one
Toshiba CD-RW, one Verbatim DVD-RW, one Verbatim DVD-R. In the package you can
also find a CD pen and a multilingual quick installation guide. The SD-R5002
retail kit is available from Toshiba Europe Storage Division distributors and
dealers, or via the Toshiba website The retail price of the drive is 299~329
Euros, including tax.
On the disc loading tray there are the "DVD-R/RW" and
the "HSRW" logos. The eject button is placed below the tray on the
right side of the front panel, as usually. The indicator ( LED) indicates the
drive status. The indicator is active while reading/writing, and blinks when
an error has occurred. There is not any head-phone jack or volume control knob
On the black-colored rear panel there are the usual connectors,
such as the DC input, the ATAPI interface, the device configuration jumper,
and the analog audio output.
After removing the scews on the bottom we can see the drive's
internal design. TOSHIBA uses its own chipsets as the following picture shows
(click for a high-res). We also noticed some OKI chipsets among with two un-known:
At the top of the board the codename of the drive is printed:
At the bottom the "SD-R1202" is printed meaning that both the SD-R5002
and the "SD-R1202" drives share the same front design
The Toshiba drive was identified as "Toshiba SD-R5002"
under WinXP. The drive was installed to the secondary IDE channel of our test
PC as a "Master" and worked in Ultra DMA Mode 2 transfer mode. The
September 2002 model came with firmware version 1030 installed.