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TOSHIBA SD-M1912

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Toshiba SD-M1912 Review

 

Summary Toshiba SD-M1912 Specifications

DVD DVD-ROM (Book 1.02)
DVD-Video (Book 1.1)
DVD-R (Book 1.0, 3.9G)
DVD-R (Book 2.0, 4.7G) - General & Authoring
DVD±RW
CD

CD-DA (Red Book) - Standard Audio CD & CD-Text
CD-ROM (Yellow Book Mode 1&2) - Standard Data
CD-ROM XA (Mode 2 Form 1&2) - Photo CD, Multi-Session
CD-I/FMV (Green Book, Mode 2 Form 1&2, Ready, Bridge)
CD-Extra/CD-Plus (Blue Book) - Audio & Text/Video
Video-CD (White Book) - MPEG1 Video

Media Compatibility
DVD 9/10/18G DVD-Single/Dual (PTP,OPT) (Read Only)
3.9/4.7G DVD±R (Read Only)
DVD±RW (Read Only), 80mm DVD (Horizontal Mount Only)
DVD-RAM (V1.0/2.0/2.1)
CD 120mm CD-ROM (Read Only)
80mm CD (Horizontal Mount Only)
800/700/650/550MB CD-Recordable (Read)
80mm CD-Recordable (Read/Horizontal Mount Only)
700/650MB CD-Rewritable (Read)
700/650MB High Speed CD-Rewritable (Read)
Ultra Speed CD-Rewritable (Read)
80mm CD-Rewritable (Rad/Horizontal Mount Only)
Access Time:
Average Random Access 93ms (DVD-ROM - single)
115ms (DVD-ROM - dual)
2000ms (DVD-RAM)
90ms (CD 48X)
1/3 Stroke 93ms (DVD-ROM - single)
90ms (CD 48X)
Full Stroke 168ms (DVD-ROM - single)
170ms (CD 48X)
Data Transfer Rate:
Sustained Data Transfer Rate 21,600KB/sec (DVD - single)
10,800KB/sec (DVD, Dual Layer)
8,100KB/sec (DVD±R/±RW)
2,700KB/sec (DVD-RAM)
7,200KB/sec (CD-ROM/R - mode 1)
4,800KB/sec (CD-RW - mode 1)
Burst Data Transfer Rate 16.6MB/sec (PIO Mode 4 & Multiple Word DMA)
33.3MB/s (Ultra DMA)
Physical Characteristics:
Dimensions 5.83" x 1.65" x  7.24" (148.2mm x 42mm x 184mm)
Weight 1.98lbs (0.74kg)
Mounting Orientations  Horizontal / Vertical
Audio:
Output 0.7V±20% (max)
Signal to Noise Ratio 75 dB (min) (1 kHz IEC179 A-Weighted ON)
Ambient Temperature:
Operating 41°F - 113°F (5°C - 45°C)
Storage -13°F - 140°F (-25°C - 60°C)
Operating Humidity 10% - 80%
Other:
Spin Up Time 3.7sec (CD/DVD)
6.0sec (Spin Down & Eject)
Buffer Cache Size 512KByte
Power Requirements DC +5V±5%   +12V±10%
Power Consumption DC +5v / 1.5A, +12v / 1.5A

 

 

Detailed Toshiba SD-M1912 Specifications

Form factor
Half Height
Internal/External
Internal
Disk loading mechanism
Motorized tray
Data buffer capacity
512kByte
ROM type
Flash

Speed factors
Maximum speed factor CD read
48x
Maximum speed factor Audio CD play
CAV 16x
Maximum speed factor CD-DA transfer
CAV 32x
Maximum speed factor DVD+R read
CAV 6x
Maximum speed factor DVD+RW read
CAV 6x
Maximum speed factor DVD read (CAV, single layer)
From ~ To 16 x
Maximum speed factor DVD read (CAV, dual layer)
From ~ To 8 x
Maximum speed factor DVD-Video read
8x
Maximum speed factor DVD-RAM read
ZCLV 2x
Maximum speed factor DVD-R read
CAV 6x
Maximum speed factor DVD-RW read
CAV 6x

Sustained data transfer rate
CD-ROM
7,200kByte/s
CD-R
7,200kByte/s
CD-RW
4,800kByte/s
DVD
21,600kByte/s
DVD+R
8,100kByte/s
DVD+RW
8,100kByte/s
DVD-RAM
2,700kByte/s
DVD-R
8,100kByte/s
DVD-RW
8,100kByte/s

Burst data transfer rate
PIO mode 4
16.6MByte/s
Multiple-word DMA transfer (Mode 2)
16.6MByte/s
Ultra DMA
33.3MByte/s

Average random access time
CD
90ms
DVD
93ms
DVD-RAM
200ms

Average full stroke access time
CD
170ms
DVD
168ms

Applicable read/write formats
Applicable disc formats
CD-DA (Red Book) - Standard Audio-CD & CD-TEXT
CD-ROM (Yellow Book Mode 1 & 2) - Standard Data
CD-ROM XA (Mode 2, Form 1 & 2) - Photo-CD, Multi-Session
CD-I/FMV (Green Book, Mode 2, Form 1 & 2, Ready, Bridge)
CD-Extra/CD-Plus (Blue Book) - Audio & Text/Video
Video-CD (White Book) - MPEG-1 Video
DVD-ROM (Book 1.02)
DVD-Video (Book 1.1)
DVD-R (Book 1.0, 3.9 GB)
DVD-R (Book 2.0, 4.7 GB) - General & Authoring
DVD-RW/+RW
5/9/10/18 GB DVD-Single/Dual (read only)
3.9/4.7 GB DVD-R/+R (read only)
DVD-RW/+RW (read only)
DVD-RAM Ver. 1.0, 2.0, 2.1 (read only)
80 mm DVD (horizontal mount only)
120 mm CD-ROM (read only)
80 mm CD (horizontal mount only)
800/700/650/550 MB CD-Recordable (read)
80 mm CD-Recordable (read, horizontal mount only)
700/650 MB High-Speed CD-RW (read)
Ultra-Speed CD-RW (read)
80 mm CD-Rewritable (read, horizontal mount only)

Load/eject
Load/eject methods
Motorized tray

Acoustic noise
Acoustic noise
< 52dB

Spin-up time
CD
5s
DVD
5s

Installation conditions
Installation conditions
Horizontal & Vertical

Temperature and humidity
Operating temperature
From 5 To 50 °C
Storage temperature
From -40 To 65 °C
Operating humidity
From 20 To 80 %
Storage humidity
From 5 To 95 %

Vibration
Operating
(Read) 0.35G
Non-operating
2G

Shock
Operating
(Read, max.) 63G
Non-operating (no disk mounted)
160G

External dimensions
WxHxD
148.2 x 42 x 184mm

Mass (Weight)
Net.
0.74kg

Source voltage
Operating
+ 12 V DC (+/- 10 %)
+ 5 V DC (+/- 5 %)

Analogue out
Output level
0.7V
Frequency response
From 20 To 20,000 Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio
75dB

Interface
Applicable to
Enhanced IDE/ATAPI

 

Our Test Machine's Specs:

Pentium 4 3GHz (not over clocked)

1GB RDRAM

ABIT Motherboard


Toshiba Introduction

This DVD-ROM drive is from Toshiba's collaboration with Samsung and sold under the Toshiba Samsung Storage Technologies (TSST) label. Headquartered in Japan and Korea, TSST (Toshiba Samsung Storage Technologies) is 51 per cent owned by Toshiba and 49 per cent owned by Samsung. The TSST joint venture includes product and business planning, product development, procurement and sales for optical disc drives (ODDs), world-wide.

A little history about Toshiba's storage division:

Toshiba Storage Device Division (former "Disk Product Division") has been in existence since 1972 when it began producing 14 inch Hard Disk Drives for the OEM market place. In 1975 it started the production of 8 inch Hard Disk Drives for the then infant computer industry in Europe, followed by 5.25 inch, 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch hard drives. As the industry continued to grow Toshiba established a European presence in 1987 based in Neuss, Germany. Toshiba's presence in Europe has since expanded to include sales and support offices in the U. K.& the Republic of Ireland. Toshiba was the first manufacturer to offer a 2.5 inch 40 MB HDD using two glass platters. Nowadays Toshiba reinforces its industry-leading position with new high-capacity, high-performance 2.5 inch hard-disk drives up to 80 GB, world leaders in their class. Toshiba Storage Device Division is one of the few optical storage vendors that is able to support its European customer base directly with local European Sales, Marketing, Technical and Operational staff.

Toshiba also developed the CD-ROM's successor the DVD-ROM and later the first multifunction combination CD-Re-writer/DVD-ROM all-in-one.

Toshiba DVD-ROMs had a reputation for being of very high quality and having very fast error correction abilities whilst also being able to read protected / scratched disks very fast. Consequently they were the drive of choice for the popular CD backup program CloneCD. They are also one of very few drives that can read DVD-RAM disks out of their caddy.

The SDM-1912 improves slightly on the SD-M1802 by having a larger 512KB buffer.

We have had this drive for several months and actually bought the OEM drive in Akihabara - Tokyo, Japan on a trip last year. In this review we will compare it to the 3 year old Toshiba SD-M1612 & how it compares against the read tests of a new DVD writer a Plextor 716A drive.

What the package includes

The package contains:

Toshiba SD-M1912 DVD-ROM Drive

In the picture below you can see that the front has changed from the normal light brown with square buttons to a beige square button front looking device and resembles a Samsung drive now.

When you install a disc into the DVD-ROM drive, the BUSY light flashes slowly as it attempts to locate the disc. One of the following will occur:

  • BUSY light goes out. The DVD-ROM drive is ready to read data from the disc.
  • BUSY light flashes slowly. The disc may be dirty.
  • BUSY light remains ON. The DVD-ROM is accessing data.
  • BUSY light remains ON indefinitely. The DVD-ROM is experiencing an error

The back of the drive looks very similar to any other ATAPI CD drive.

You will find the usual connectors: jumpers for making the drive a Master/Slave/Cable Select, an analogue audio output connector, a digital & analog audio output connector and a power connector.

Page 1 - Last Updated: 6 January 2005

 
 

 


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