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Tuesday, February 19, 2002

2. Installation

Sanyo CRD-BP2 SCSI CDR-W - Page 2

Sanyo CRD-BP2 CDR-W Specifications:


Scsi 3 (Ultra SCSI)

Transfer Rate

12X-32x CAV read
(1800KB/s - 4800KB/s Data Transfer Rate)

Writing/Reading Speed

Writing : CDR    1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x
             CDRW 2x,4x
 Reading : 32x (max) Full CAV
               Note     - Data : 12-32x
                           - CDDA Extraction : 12x (max)

Writing Methods

Disc At Once (DAO)
Session At Once (SAO)
Track At Once (TAO)
Packet Writing

Data Capacity supported

700MB (79min)
650MB (74min)
550MB (63min)

Burst Transfer Rate

5mb/s (max) (asynchronous)
20mb/s (max) (synchronous)


Multi Read, Horizontal, Analog output, Plug & Play/ SCAM Compatible, Flash ROM

Data Buffer


Supported CD Formats

CD-DA, CD-ROM(MODE-1,MODE-2), CD-ROM XA MODE-2(FORM-1,FORM-2), Multi-Session Photo CD, CD-I, Video-CD, CD Extra, CD+G, CD-RW, CD-Text

The pre-release OEM version included only a drive and a CD with the Nero update to version and HomeDoctor (Sanyo's utility for writing Audio CDs). HomeDoctor can only write Audio CDs from WAV files. You can select the writing speed (1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 12x) and the burn method (DAO,TAO).

Installing the drive, we left the default SCSI ID to 4 and removed the termination. After booting, the CDR-W identified itself as Sanyo CRD-BP2. We unchecked the Auto Insert notification, checked Sync Data Transfer and rebooted. Sanyo CRD-BP2 was a December 1999 model with firmware revision Bc12.

Currently, only Nero v4.0.7.5, NTI CD Maker Pro v3.6.870, Prassi PrimoCD Plus v1.1.356, BHA Bs Recorder Gold (only in Japanese language) and Padus DiscJuggler v2.00.412 beta support the BURN-Proof feature on this drive. The question is, how good is the BURN-Proof integration into current CDR Software?

Nero Burning Rom v4.0.7.5:
Nero Selection Recorder Menu

Nero Recording MenuIn Nero an option added in burn menu in order to activate or not burn proof. When Burn-Proof activated you cannot simulation burn. You can use Burn-Proof  in both DAO and TAO mode.

NTI CD Maker Pro Burn MenuNTI CD Maker Pro v3.7.880:

NTI Burn Proof Enabled!When you open NTI CD Maker Pro it appears different logo from usual (BURN-Proof enabled). In write menu similar to Nero it adds the BURN-Proof check box which enables it.

Padus DiscJuggler 2000Padus DiscJuggler v2.00.412 beta:
The latest build  of  DiscJuggler is supposed to support the Sanyo CRD-BP2 and the BURN-Proof feature. However, real tests proved that even BURN-Proof option was enabled, it didn't worked :(.  We assume that this is due to the beta release and will be corrected soon

Prassi PrimoCD PlusPrassi PrimoCD Plus Option TabPrassi PrimoCD Plus v1.1.356

Latest update of Prassi PrimoCD Plus version adds BURN-Proof feature. Our tests showed that it works very good as we expected. The strange thing is that the advanced version of Prassi PrimoCD Plus (Pro 8) don't support BURN-Proof yet. So we were unable to test parallel writing with BURN-Proof (enabled for Sanyo) and not for other CDR-W drives. Let's hope Prassi will add soon BURN-Proof also to advanced PrimoCD Pro 8 version.

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128 MB SDRAM PC 100
Quantum Fireball EX 6.4 GB UDMA
MS Windows 98 SE
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Plextor UltraPlex PX-32TS, Firmware v1.03
Yamaha 8424s Firmware v1.0g
Plextor PleXWriter PX-124TS Firmware v1.02
KenWood 72x True-X Firmware v2.12e
Sanyo CRD-BP2 Firmware vBc12

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