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  • Interface: Internal ATAPI (enhanced IDE)
  • Record standards supported:
    • Write speed:16X Record CD-R, 10X Rewrite CD-RW
    • Record methods: CD-R, CD-RW Disc at once, Track at once, session at once, Packet Write
    • Record formats supported: CD-R, CD-RW CD-DA, CD+ (E) G, CD-MIDI, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-I BRIDGE (Photo-CD, Video-CD), Multi-session CD (Photo-CD, CD-Extra, Portfolio)

  • Read standards supported:
    • Read speed: 12X DVD Read, 40X CD Read
    • DVD-ROM discs: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW
    • CD-ROM discs: CD-DA, CD+(E) G, CD-MIDI, CD-TEXT, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-I Bridge (Photo-CD, Video-CD), Multi-session CD (Photo CD, CD-Extra, CD-R, CD-RW, Portfolio), CD-RW (read), CD-R (read), High Speed CD-RW

  • Access time:
    • Average Random Seek Time - DVD-ROM (12x) 120ms
    • Average Random Seek Time - CD-ROM (40x) 105ms

  • Data rate:
    • Sustained Data Transfer Rate: DVD-ROM 16,200 KByte/s (12X CAV)
    • Sustained Data Transfer Rate: CD-ROM 6,000 KByte/s (40X CAV)

  • Buffer size: 2,048KByte
  • Physical characteristics:
    • Dimensions: 41.5mm x 146mm x 193mm
    • Weight: 0.92kg
    • Mean-time-between-failures (MTBF): 100,000 POH

We received the drive in the OEM package. The design is quite simple. The drive's tray doesn't have a special layer to reduce a noise level at high speeds. Now let's take a look at the information provided by the NeroCDSpeed and NeroInfoTool.

  • Vendor : TOSHIBA
  • Product : DVD-ROM SD-R1202
  • Firmware version : 1020
  • Buffer size : 2048 KBytes
  • Maximum read speed : 7056 KBytes/sec (40 X)
  • Read CD-R : yes
  • Read CD-RW : yes
  • Read CDDA : yes
  • CDDA accurate : yes
  • Read R-W : yes
  • R-W packed : no
  • C2 pointers : yes
  • Speed settings : 6 X
  • Read RAW mode : yes

According to these data, the drive is able to read almost all current CD and DVD formats. Such a universal device is quite rare today. The NERO says that the drive does support such an important function as a buffer underrun protection.

During the tests we have found out that the drive doesn't support a write simulation mode, which is sometimes very useful. Again, the speed modes were defined incorrectly. The drives supports the following speeds: 6x-20x-32x-40x.

The drive is RPC-2 from the very beginning, and according to the site it's still impossible to turn its status to RPC-1.

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