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HP dvd100i

Specification of the HP dvd100i:
Firmware version 1.30
Recording modes Disc-At-Once, Track-At-Once, Session-At-Once, MultiSession, Packet Writing
CD recording formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, CD-Text, CD-I, CD-Bridge, CD-Extra, Video CD
DVD recording formats DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, Random Access Write
Read/write support in Raw-mode RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-DAO Write Simulation - supported
CD+G RAW-DAO - supported
RAW-SAO - supported
RAW-SAO Write Simulation - supported
Average access time CD - 125 ms
DVD - 150 ms
CD-R recording 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x (CLV)
CD-RW recording 2x, 4x, 10x
DVD+RW recording 2.4x (CLV)
Buffer underrun error prevention technology HP buffer underrun prevention
Interface UltraDMA 33
Reading CD - 32x max (4800 KBytes/s)
DVD - 8x max (CAV)
Buffer size 2048 KBytes
Production date September 2001
Manufacturer China
Guiding release price up to $650

The drive ships in a Retail package.

The box contains:

  • Installation manual in 10 languages.
  • Quick start guide in the form of a poster in 8 languages
  • Guarantee terms and conditions
  • FAQ in 5 languages
  • User guide
  • Recommendations to visit the HP's site if the recorder works under the Windows XP
  • CD with software for recording and working with data
  • One DVD+RW HP 4.7 GBytes
  • 4 screws
  • Analog cable for connecting the drive to a sound card
  • IDE cable.

HP is a very pragmatic company. And the move toward the DVD+RW technology was carefully studied by its economists. Although DVD+RW devices are quite expensive and meant primarily for professionals HP is going to develop its devices mainly for beginners.

That is why the software provides automation of most of operations in DVD+RW and CD-R/RW recording.

The disc contains a flash clip with a very detailed description of the installation process of the DVD+RW drive. Besides, there is a printed version.

The software suite of the HP dvd100i yields to that of the Ricoh, but there is everything necessary to start working with the DVD+RW drive. The only thing you have to find yourselves is programs for processing and editing of digital video and its further recording on a disc.

On loading the disc with software you will have to choose a program from the menu below for installation on the hard disc.


The HP MyDVD is identical to the Sonic MyDVD coming with the Ricoh MP5120A.


DLA stands for Drive Letter Access, it allows working with a DVD+RW disc as with a floppy disc or a partition of a hard disc.

The program is similar to the InCD from Ahead Software. I our tests it had some problems, for example, it refused formatting a DVD+RW disc suggesting that you load it when it was already inserted.

HP Simple Backup

This simple handy program will help you archive and make a backup copy of your data. Usage of the DVD+RW device will let you place all necessary data on one disc.

WinDVD (software for DVD-Video playback on a PC)

It is a powerful and a convenient DVD-Video player. Thanks to a user-friendly interface and high-quality movie playback the PowerDVD is comparable to the WinAmp.

The Nero has the following data on the drive:

The Nero InfoTool gave some more details:

According to the Nero Info Tool, the dvd100i doesn't support reading of DVD+RW discs. However, in our tests the drive recorded and read DVD+RW media excellently.

The drives doesn't make much noise, though sometimes it whistles quite noticeably.

The appearance is typical of HP: a decorate wave, a LED, a mechanical volume control, a headphones jack and a tray button.

Ejected discs are not too warm.

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