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Plextor PlexWriter 12/10/32s
External CD-R drive with a hot color combo
by Rick Smith (December 16, 2000)


If creating CD-Rs has become a slow, laborious process because you have to run the drive at a slow speed, due to buffer errors, Plextor has some new drives that will fit your needs.

The latest member of the Plextor family is the external PlexWriter 12/10/32s CD-ReWritable drive with an Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3) interface. It is also available as an internal drive with the same interface. If your needs run to an IDE (ATAPI) interface, the PlexWriter 12/10/32A internal CD-ReWritable drive is your choice. Each family member shares a 12X write and a 10X rewrite speed, with a 32X maximum playback speed. This is an incredible rewrite speed since most drives use only a 2X or 4X rewrite speed. The 12X write speed propels your CD so quickly that you can write an entire 650 MB CD in just over 6 minutes!

The most significant feature of these drives is the included BURN-Proof technology, which eliminates the common problem of “buffer underrun”. This problem occurs when data doesn’t flow to the drive fast enough and the drive runs out of data to write. You end up creating a “coaster” (a wasted CD). This also wastes time since you have to start the process all over again and now must run your drive at a slower speed. With BURN-Proof technology, the drive stops recording when the error occurs. The buffer is then filled and the drive resumes recording in the next location to be recorded. Since this process is so good, you can now run other programs while you record CDs - no more closing down every application just to burn a CD.

The external PlexWriter 12/10/32s CD-ReWritable drive comes in this wild silver and blue case that sets it apart from the typical beige CD-ROM drives. This drive also:

  • can be used on laptops with a PCMCIA to SCSI adapter.

  • is Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 Plug & Play compatible.

  • includes software to extract audio, manage playback and recording, change drive settings and perform system backup. This suite includes Music Video Producer 2000 and CD-ResQ, along with the utilities: Plextor Manager 2000, DiscDupe 2000 and AudioFS.

  • supports a wide variety of writing modes, including Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, along with both variable and fixed packet writing.

  • is capable of 32x (4.8 MB/s) digital audio extraction.

  • records CD-R discs at 12X (1.8 MB/s), 8X (1.2 MB/s), 4X (600 KB/s), or 1X (150 KB/s) speeds.

  • records CD-RW media at 10X (1.5 MB/s), 8X (1.2 MB/s), 4X (600 KB/s), or 2X (300 KB/s)

  • plays back both CD-R and CD-ROM discs at speeds ranging from 14X minimum (2.1 MB/s) to 32X maximum (4.8 MB/s); CD-RW plays back at 24X maximum.

  • includes a data buffer capacity of 4 MB

  • has an average random access time of 150 ms and a burst transfer rate of 20 MB/second (synchronous).

    The external PlexWriter 12/10/32S has an MISR of $479 and retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty.

    Copyright © 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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