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-- Cendyne 48X12X48 CDRW Drive
-- Price: ~$40.00 USD
-- 03.10.2003
-- By: jingoku
-- Page: 1 2 3

   Today we will be taking a look at the Cendyne 48X12X48 CDRW.  These drives are usually available at Staples and Office Max with some kind of rebate offer.  Will these drives actually perform even with the low cost? Lets take a look...

   The contents of the package are listed below.

  • Internal 48x12x48 IDE CD-RW Drive For PC

  • CenDyne CD Mastering Software

  • One Piece Blank CD-R Media

  • Internal IDE Data Cable

  • Instruction Manual & Documentation

  • Black to Black Analog Audio Cable

  • Mounting Screws

   The CDRW specifications are listed below.




Enhanced-IDE (ATAPI)

Data Buffer Memory:


Maximum Speed:

Writing:       48x (7200KB/sec)

Re-Writing: 12x (1800KB/sec)

Reading:     48x (7200KB/sec)

Applicable Formats:

CD-DA, CD ROM Mode-1,CD-ROM/XA Mode-2 Form-1 and Form-2,CD-I Ready, Video-CD (MPEG-1),Karaoke CD, Photo-CD, Enhanced CD,CD extra, I-Trax CD, UDF, and CD-TEXT.

Access Time:

95ms (1/3 Stroke)

Loading Method:

Power Tray





Dimensions (WxHxD):

5" x 15/8" x7" (w/out Faceplate)
14.5 x 4 x 19cm (w/out Faceplate)

   The CDRW requirements are listed below.

Operating System:

Windows 98SE/Me/XP, 2000 Professional (No Server)  or Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 4, No Server)


IBM Compatible Pentium2 400Mhz MMX Processor or Higher


UDMA/DMA Support on the Motherboard

32MB RAM (64MB RAM or Higher Recommended)


HDD With Access Time of 15ns or Less

75MB Free Disk Space (For Recording Software)
(700MB Free Disk Space for Recording)

Available 5" (Inch) Mass Storage Bay

Available On Board E-IDE Port With UDMA Support

   The manual and documentation that comes with the drive are simple and easy to understand. The CenDyne CD Mastering Software that comes with the drive is Nero Burning ROM version 5.5, from Ahead Software. The package includes an Integrated Device Electronics (IDE) cable to connect the drive to the motherboard. Screws to secure the drive to the case and audio cables were also provided in the package. The drive was set on slave mode, and was installed on the same IDE cable as the regular Compact Disk Read Only Memory (CDROM).

   The Personal Computer (PC) used for testing has an AMD XP1800+ CPU on an EPOX 8K5A motherboard with 256 Megabytes of Double Data Rate (DDR) PC2100 memory. The PC is equipped with two 80 gig Maxtor hard drives (HD) operating on a Redundant Array of Individual Devices (RAID). The operating system (OS) used was Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 3 (SP3).

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