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The i.Link Portable DVD+-RW Drive

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Last time I mentioned that I was upgrading my external optical drive to the Sony PCGA-DDRW3. I did place
an order for it at SonyStyle for $100 and it arrived after two days. This is a great deal by the way since this same drive is $200+ elesewhere

This firewire drive supports reading and writing to CDs, DVDs, and dual-layer DVDs. Here are the read/write specs:

Read: DVD+R Double Layer: 4X, DVD+R, DVD-R: 8X, DVD+RW, DVD-RW: 4X, DVD-ROM: 8X, CD-R, CD-ROM: 24X, CD-RW: 20X 
Write: DVD+R Double Layer: 2.4X, DVD-R, DVD+R: 8X, CD-R:24X, DVD-RW, DVD+RW: 4X, CD-RW: 10X

It comes with two sets of cables - a 4-pin to 4-pin i.Link (firewire) cable and a Vaio i.Link cable. The latter is a special cable for specific Vaio notebooks so you don’t have to connect the drive to a power outlet. Since the port replicator/cradle of the Vaio UX doesn’t have this connector, you have to settle with the regular 4-pin to 4-pin purple cable plus the power adapter.

Cables aside, let me say that this is the best drive for the size, price, and specs you can get for your UX. The UX will let you boot from it, backup, play DVDs, and listen to music CDs. A great add-on.

More detailed pics after the jump. 

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24 Responses to “The i.Link Portable DVD+-RW Drive”  

  1. 1 1 Stan

    Ye, I really like those external VAIO DVD drives, I went through a couple of the drives Sony VAIO released (PCGA-DVRW1, PCGA-DDRW2 and W3), those drives used to be in Silver (DVRW1, DVD51) and since Sony switched their color to black (from boxing to accessories) this one is being replaced now by VGP-DDRW4 and is listed on SonyStyle.com for $399. It also should have come with a stand unless I am confusing it with the older generation ones….

  2. 2 2 Reggie

    Stan, thanks for the info. Any info on the difference between the DDRW3 and DDRW4? It looks almost identical.

  3. 3 3 Floodguy

    DDRW4 has DVD-RAM support! It also has no longer the DC in connector. I too like those mobile Sony drives, but lately, they don’t include the drive stands anymore. So if you have an older drive, keep the stand!

  4. 4 4 Doc

    That link to Sony website says ‘The requested product is no longer available’, does anyone know where a similar compatible affordable portable DVD drive? Thanks very much.

  5. 5 5 lucy

    hey i was just wondering can you watch dvds?

  6. 6 6 Benz145

    Of course, it is a DVD player : )

  7. 7 7 zigzag

    omg, you got one of these for $100?! was there some sort of special offer on or something, as ive looked back now and its £300 :(

    please say theres a page i wasnt looking on as i WANT one of these drives.

    -zig

  8. 8 8 SE BRILEY

    Has anyone had a problem getting the ilink drive to work. My Vaio won’t recognize it in the windows explorer. Power is OK.

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