Toshiba Announces 5X Dual-Layer DVD Burner

Reprinted from a Toshiba press release:

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), an industry pioneer in optical storage technology, today introduced a new double-layer, dual-format DVD recordable drive that tops the market in DVD+R double-layer write speeds at 5X, giving consumers the right combination of speed and capacity for video creation and other data-intensive applications.

The first DVD recordable drive from Toshiba Samsung Storage Technologies (TSST), the SD-R5372 also features a speedy 16X DVD+R specification that enables easy DVD creation. The double-layer media capability gives consumers twice the storage capacity of a current DVD and 12 times the capacity of a CD at 8.5GB for a wide range of video, music, image and data storage applications.

“The popularity of video and music content management is driving the need for more robust optical storage solutions to keep pace with consumer interest,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba SDD. “This drive is a workhorse — with speed, capacity and multiple formats that make DVD and CD creation a snap for users.”

The SD-R5372 incorporates technology advancements that deliver this increased performance, including:

  • A power control system that adjusts speeds to create optimum writing conditions on each layer
  • A new high-power laser in the pick-up head for fast writing to double-layer media
  • A unique optimized write strategy that delivers fast writing on both dual-layer and 16X DVD+R media

    The SD-R5372 will be available in October through distribution or in a retail kit with video editing, data back-up and CD creation software. To purchase the kit, visit, or for more information on Toshibas DVD recordable technology, visit

    Specification Outline:

    DVD+R: 16X

    DVD-R Write: 12X

    DL DVD+R Write: 5X

    DVD+RW Write: 4X

    DVD-RW Write: 4X

    CD-R Write: 48X

    CD-RW Ultraspeed Write: 24X

    DVD-ROM Read: 16X

    CD-ROM Read: 48X

    Product Specifications:

    Model Name: SD-R5372

    Type: Internal, 5.25 inch, half-height standard size Multifunctional DVD Writable drive

    Supported Disc Formats

    Write: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW, High Speed CD-RW, Ultra Speed CD-RW

    Read: DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, CD-DA, CD+G, CD-MIDI, CD-TEXT, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, MIXED MODE CD, CD-I, CD-I Bridge(Photo-CD, Video-CD), Multisession CD(Photo-CD, CD-EXTRA, Portfolio, CD-R, CD-RW)

    Interface: ATAPI

    Access Time

    DVD-ROM Read

    Random Access Time: 120ms

    Random Seek Time: 115ms

    DVD-RAM Read

    Random Access Time: 200ms

    Random Seek Time: 160ms

    CD-ROM Read

    Random Access Time: 100ms

    Random Seek Time: 100ms

    Data Read Transfer Rate


    DVD-ROM: max 21,632KB/s

    DVD-R/+R: max 16,224KB/s

    DVD+R DL: max 10,816KB/s

    DVD-RW/+RW: max 8,112KB/s

    DVD-RAM: max 2,704KB/s

    CD-ROM/-R: max 7,200KB/s

    CD-RW: max 3,600KB/s


    16.7MB/s (PIO Mode:4)

    16.7MB/s (DMA Multi Word Mode:2)

    33.3MB/s (Ultra DMA Mode:2)

    Buffer Size: 2MB

    Power Consumption

    Ave. 16.1W(Read)

    Ave. 22.2W(Write)

    Ambient Operating Temperature: 5 degrees to 50 degrees (centigrade)

    Disc Loading: Tray type, Electrical load/eject

    MTBF: 100,000 H

    Source Voltage: DC 5V/12V

    External Dimensions: 41.5mm(H) x 146.0mm(W) x 189.5mm(D): without Bezel

    Weight: 1.0kg

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