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LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-104 8U

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The LITE-ON iHDS118-104 8U is a high-performance SATA DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drive. With a fast SATA interface, it plays back DVD-ROM discs at a stunning speed of 18X and CD-ROM discs at 48X. Featuring SMART-X function, it automatically adjusts the read speed based on the quality of the disc to ensure the highest accuracy for data and track reads. Thanks to the exclusive ABS mechanism, it effectively reduces vibration & noise during high speed rotating. You can enjoy watching movies without distracting drive noise. Thanks to its easy-tray design, it enables horizontal & vertical operation.

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Serial ATA Connection

Compared to the older Parallel ATA interface, the SATA interface delivers higher transfer rates and better airflow in PC casings. It provides future proof compatibility with the latest motherboards.

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SMART-X Function

SMART-X function adjusts CD-DA / VCD / DVD data extraction to a fastest allowable speed, according to both data request rate from host and disk quality.

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ABS System

The exclusive ABS (automatic balancing system) effectively reduces vibration and noise even at the highest speeds, ensuring quiet stable drive operation.

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Easy-Tray Design

The Lite-On iHDS118-04 8U supports both 8 cm & 12cm discs. The easy-tray design allows for both horizontal & vertical operation.


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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
It works fine

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: I don’t see where in the description it said it was a OEM drive so a little surprised to find it delivered in bubble wrap, not a box with documentation.

Other Thoughts: As to the reviewers complaining it doesn’t read a blank disc, well, it is a DVD-ROM drive. Read only! An unwritten DVD I think wouldn’t be readable by any ROM drive. Right?

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1/ 5
Cannot Recommend; Hazardous Component

Pros: Fast Reads (rated correctly)
Relatively quiet drive

Cons: Does not support C2 markers
Build quality suspect (and possibly dangerous)
VERY short lifespan

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive as an OEM unit from a local electronics shop (verified new) to rip my CD collection to FLAC. Drive worked well for about two weeks, though it didn't support C2 markers (still no detectable artifacts on my recordings). I was easily able to achieve the rated 48x read speeds on clean CDs (CDs with scratches will cause the drive to spin slower.

But I absolutely cannot recommend it. Why? Well, last night, I was in the process of ripping a CD and heard a loud bang followed by a foot-long spark shooting out of the back of my case. Thinking it was one of the other components that just surged past a thermal limit, I did the smell test all over my motherboard. Since everything was fine there, I could narrow it down to either the power supply or this drive (case has two chambers; one for the motherboard/components, the other for the power supply and any 3.5" drives). I was unable to manually open the tray, which told me it would remain stuck shut. After removing it for a closer inspection, I could hear that the disc inside had shattered. It and its contents now sound like a maraca. No bueno.

I've been seeing this issue pop up with multiple 3.5" ODDs, but most reviews don't mention whether it's mounted horizontally or vertically. Since mine was installed vertically (only mounting option), I'm thinking that might have been the source of the problem. If you're in a similar boat, I'd say pass and go with an external unit.

Hopefully, you have one of these and haven't run into the same problem. I can tell you that mine failed...catastrophically. I'm just lucky it's the only component that I lost last night. Others might not be so lucky.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Gets the job done

Pros: Low price

Cons: Kind of had to Frankenstein this into my build, that was more of a pc case error though

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Simple optical install drive.

Pros: Cheap and simple to install. Works well to install drivers and OS.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend to others.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
It works

Pros: it does it job

Cons: horribly noisy

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Doesn't Work

Pros: none that I could find

Cons: i got mine broken like a few months ago and its never worked properly. I had to get a friend to look at the code of the system just to install my drivers for everything and we had to do that every time we put in a disk it was to time consuming so I just unplugged it now its just a husk sitting in my computer

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
BIG improvement over the previous model

Pros: Fast, smooth, and quiet
Excellent tray design and operation
Windows 7 recognized it instantly

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I replaced a 10 year old Lite-on drive with this one and saw the improvement immediately. Faster, smoother, quieter than the previous model. Casing is more solid as well. DEFINITELY recommend this DVD-ROM drive

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Not so good

Pros: It will read a DVD with something on it.

Cons: A blank DVD it does not see so I can`t burn to a blank disk.

Other Thoughts: It`s hard to understand how it can read a burned disk but not see a blank disk.
I ordered this last July as a backup and didn`t try to use it till now.
To late to return now. Not worth returning anyway.

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