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Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Yamaha CRW3200E CD-RW

2. Installation

Yamaha CRW3200E IDE CDR-W - Page 2

- The Package

The package supplied was a pre-release version with final firmware/hardware and included only the drive itself and the necessary CDR software: Nero OEM, Ahead InCD v2.32 and NeroMIX v1.227. The retail package will include a well printed manual, among with Yamaha's 80min 24x CDR media, one piece of Yamaha's 4-10x (HS-RW) media, mounting screws and IDE cable. The retail package for European Audience will include 2 years of warranty. The estimated retail price is around $200.

Let's take a look at the drive itself. The drive has a different front design than previous Yamaha models giving a rather futuristic look with the special "intense blue" LED that lights up when recording. The LED will change to a purple-white (fluorescent) color when the drives are idle. The logos of "Yamaha", "SafeBurn", "HighSpeedRW" and "24/10/40" give right away the drive capabilities:

The drive has only one LED (electric blue) and the usual controls: eject button, headphone input jack and volume potentiometer. On the back of the drive we find the usual connectors (IDE interface and Power), the jumpers for setting the drive to Master/Slave option, analogue and digital audio output connectors and a hole (to be used with the optional internal SCSI connector):

- Installation

The Yamaha CRW3200E was installed as Master in the secondary IDE BUS. The drive worked in UDMA-2 mode and after boot up, it identified itself as the "Yamaha CRW3200E". We unchecked the Auto Insert notification, checked DMA and rebooted. The drive was a September 2001 model with firmware revision v1.00 installed. After our first test, Yamaha supplied us a second sample unit which corrected most of the problems we had with the first sample unit. The second drive had vT.3a firmware revision. For most of our tests we used: Nero, Ahead InCD v3.12b, Padus DJ v3.50.799 and CloneCD v3.1.0.0.

Below are the full specifications of the Yamaha CRW3200E:

Model Name
Enhanced IDE (E-IDE) ATAPI
Data Capacity
650MB (74min) 700MB (79min)
Writing Speed CD - R
1X, 2X, 4X, 8X, 12X (CLV), 16X, 18 - 24X (Partial CAV)
Writing Speed CD - RW
2X, 4X, 8X, 10X (CLV), 10X (4X-10X Full CAV), 12X (Virgin Disc Format)
Reading Speed
40x (max.) Full CAV
Data Buffer Size
8MB (3,224sectors)
Average Random Access Time
130msec. (reading)
Disc Loading Type
Front auto-loading tray loading
Writing Methods
Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Track-at-Once, Packet Writing
Writing Formats
CD-DA, CD-G, CD TEXT, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Video CD, CD-I, CD EXTRA, CD-MRW, Audio Master
Audio Master mode
Linier Velocity: 1.4m/s
63 min. (650MB disc)
68 min. (700MB disc)
Blank CD-R
Blank CD-RW
ATAPI Flat Cable
Fastening Screws
Owners Manual
Software Guide
Ahead: Nero 5.5, InCD, NeroMIX, Nero Wave Editor ,Nero Toolkit

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