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Sony DRU-500a on a Mac.

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Today I tested a Sony DRU-500a on a mac. For people searching for info on this drive in combination with a Windows PC, please go here for a great review. For Dutch people: hier nog een artikel op hardware.info.

The mac was a G4 633, running Mac OS X 10.2. The Sony DRU-500a is a DVD-RW + RW burner with the following specs:


The drive is supported with a lot of software for windows, but how does it work on the mac? The drive fits into the G4 easily, but the front is to big to close all again.



But well, it works :)

Apple System Profiler shows the drive:

and also shows that Disc Burner does not support it. No suprise here, but lets test it with Toast.
I used Roxio Toast Titanium 5.1:

And it showed it perfectly. Asking how much space was left:

4489.25 MB to go. Yummmmm! So I gathered some images at work, and made a DVD. It was burned in less than half an hour (at 2 speed, since my Princo DVD does not support 4x) and worked without problems.

Next test: iDVD. This software did not recognize the drive. Bummer. At this point I have to choose between this superior Sony DRU-500a (supporting DVD-R and also DVD+R and CD-Text) and a Pioneer which is better supported by Apple software like iDVD. Being a 100% Mac user, it will probably be a Pioneer...

Drive:
Sony DRU-500a
Pioneer DVR-A05
Price:
350-400 euro
310-350 euro
DVD-R(W)
Yes
Yes
DVD+R(W)
Yes
No
CD-R(W)
Yes
Yes
Disc Buring
No
Yes
Toast
Yes
Yes
iDVD
No
Yes
CD-Text
Yes
No



Update, 10 dec 2002:
Accelerate Your Mac FAQ:DVD
Tips for Installing DVD Studio Pro Update on Older Macs
A closer look at the SuperDrive



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