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yamaha internal ide 8824 cdrw drive
review by david,19 january 2001

Introduction

With the advent of cheaper storage media, the average Joe is now able to afford extra hard disk real estate, or even a CDRW drive to back up files that aren't as frequently used but are as valuable to them as any other data stashed away on their hard disk drives. CD-RW drives are getting cheaper by the day, and so is the required CD-R media. As such, its fast becoming a must that most PC home users require a CD-RW drive in their rigs. OEM companies e.g. Dell, Compaq and Gateway are offering machines that come with a CDRW. A reasonably priced CDRW drive might go for roughly RM 500 or so, depending on the write/rewrite/read speed capability of the drive in question. In Malaysia, well known brand names that manufacture CD-RW drives include Sony, Yamaha, HP, Creative, Compro and Iomega. When the opportunity arose for me to obtain a unit cheaply, (I got a bargain, what else :P) , I went for the Yamaha 8824 internal IDE unit.

Whats in the box
  • 1 Yamaha CDRW 8824 drive
  • 1 unit Yamaha CDR 650MB
  • Audio cable
  • 1 40 pin IDE cable
  • Screws
  • Manual

The drive didnt come with any software included, meaning Ii had to obtain a copy of Nero or Adaptec CD Creator somewhere. This would be a bit of a hassle to other users as software of this type is generally payware. I also expected a CDRW disk too, but unfortunately there wasnt one. I tested the CDRW capabilities using an Aopen CDRW disc that I bought myself. The manual, on the other hand, was quite informative, coming in Spanish, French, Dutch and English, containing the usual stuff.. e.g. setup, testing, troubleshooting etc etc. I still prefer plain paper manuals over manuals on CD cause theyre more user friendly, requiring nothing more than your eyes to read. One of the more hilarious stories I've heard was that there was a manufacturer who included a manual in pdf format about a CDROM, but no paper booklet version. Imagine just how are you going to read the manual when the manual is on a CD, and you havent even installed your CDROM yet.

Specifications

  • Interface: E-IDE (ATAPI)
  • Format: Internal
  • Read/Write/Re-Write Speed: Read 24x/ Write 8x/ Re-Write 8x (requires special 8x CR-RW Media)
  • Access Speed (average): 140ms
  • Max Data Transfer (Read): 3600KB/sec
  • Buffer Size: 4MB
  • Data Capacity: 700 MB (80 min. disk), 650 MB (74 min. disk), 550MB (63 min. disk)
  • Loading Mechanism: Tray
  • Included Connector Cable: IDE Ribbon
  • Blank CD-R Disc Included: Yes
  • Supported Formats: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA (both Photo CD and Video CD), CD-I, CD-Digital, CD-Bridge, Audio CD, CD-Extra and Video CD
  • Recording Modes: Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Track-at-Once, Packet Writing (variable and fixed), Multi-Session
  • Operating System: Windows, Mac
  • Installation: Horizontal
  • Drive Dimensions: 5.8" x 1.6" x 8"
  • UPC Code: 0-86792-27657-1

Minimum requirements

  • Any fully PC/AT compatible computer
  • Pentium class or higher cpu @ 200MHz or higher
  • Free 5.25 bay
  • Windows 9x/NT/2000

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