Slim DVD±RW

LaCie Slim DVD±RW manual

Slim DVD±RW

User manual for the LaCie Slim DVD±RW in English. This PDF manual has 25 pages.

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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Table of Contents User Manual page 1 Table of Contents 1. Introduction................................................................................................................. 5 1.1. Minimum System Requirements....................................................................................................... 6 1.2. Box Content.................................................................................................................................. 7 1.3. Views of the Drive.......................................................................................................................... 8 1.4. Cables and Connections................................................................................................................ 9 1.4.1. Hi-Speed USB 2.0. .............................................................................................................. 9 1.5. Supported DVD and CD Formats.................................................................................................. 10 1.5.1. DVD and CD Media Format Definitions.............................................................................. 10 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW....................................................................... 11 2.1. Connecting the USB 2.0 Y Cable.................................................................................................. 11 3. Using Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW. ............................................................................... 12 3.1. Inserting Discs............................................................................................................................. 12 3.2. Accessing Discs........................................................................................................................... 12 3.3. Ejecting Discs.............................................................................................................................. 13 3.4. Emergency Disc Ejection. .............................................................................................................. 13 4. Helpful Technical Information.................................................................................... 14 4.1. DVD and CD Software................................................................................................................. 14 4.2. File System Formats..................................................................................................................... 14 4.3. DVD±RW Writing Methods. .......................................................................................................... 15 4.4. About DVD/CD Available Capacity............................................................................................... 16 4.5. USB Questions & Answers............................................................................................................ 16 4.6. Data Transfers............................................................................................................................. 16 5. Troubleshooting......................................................................................................... 17 5.1. Mac Users. .................................................................................................................................. 18 5.2. Windows Users............................................................................................................................ 21 6. Contacting Customer Support.................................................................................... 23 6.1. LaCie Technical Support Contacts................................................................................................. 24 7. Warranty Information................................................................................................ 25
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 2 Copyrights Copyright © 2009 LaCie. All rights re- served. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval sys- tem, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photo- copying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written consent of LaCie. Trademarks Apple, Mac, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Microsoft, Win- dows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All trademarks mentioned in this manual are the property of their respective owners. Changes The material in this document is for in- formation only and is subject to change without notice. While reasonable efforts have been made in the preparation of this document to assure its accuracy, LaCie assumes no liability resulting from errors or omissions in this document, or from the use of the information contained herein. LaCie reserves the right to make changes or revisions in the product design or the product manual without reservation and without obligation to notify any person of such revisions and changes. Canada Compliance Statement This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interfer- ence-Causing Equipment Regulations. Federal Communications Commission Radio Frequency Interference Statement (FCC) WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy, and if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interfer- ence to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful in- terference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encour- aged to correct the interference by one of the following measures: ✦ ✦ Reorient or relocate the receiving antennas. ✦ ✦ Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver. ✦ ✦ Connect the equipment into an out- let on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. ✦ ✦ Consult the reseller or an experi- enced radio/TV technician for help. Shielded cables and I/O cards must be used for this equipment to comply with the relevant FCC regulations. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the fol- lowing two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Manufacturer’s Declaration for CE Certification We hereby certify that this device is in compliance with both the EMC Directive (89/336/EEC) and the Low Voltage Direc- tive (73/23/EEC) issued by the Commis- sion of the European Community. Compliance with these directives implies conformity to the following European Norms: Class B EN60950, EN55022, EN50082- 1, EN61000-3-2 With reference to the following conditions: 73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive 89/336/EEC EMC Directive Class I Laser product This equipment is certified to comply with DHHS Rule 21 CFR Chapter I, subchapter J in effect as of the date of manufacture. This equipment is classified as a Class I Laser product and no hazardous laser ra- diation is emitted outside the drive. Tested to comply with FCC standards for home or office use Lacie Slim DVD±RW
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 3 This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product must not be disposed of with your other household waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment by handing it over to a designed collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equip- ment. The separate collection and recy- cling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city office, your household waste disposal service, or the shop where you purchased the product. CAUTION: Modifications not authorized by the manufacturer may void the user’s authority to operate this device. Health, Safety & General Use Precautions The drive you have just purchased in- cludes a laser diode device, which clas- sifies it as a “Laser Class I” product. This laser is not dangerous for the user under normal operating conditions. However, we strongly advise you not to place any reflective objects in the disc loading sys- tem, due to the risk of exposure to laser emissions that may be reflected by such objects. Always follow the basic precau- tions listed below to use your LaCie drive safely and correctly. Respecting these guidelines will help to avoid the possibility of personal injury to yourself or others, as well as to prevent damage to your device and other computer equipment. These in- clude, but are not limited to, the following precautions. Health & Safety Precautions ✦ ✦ Read this User Manual carefully, and follow the correct procedure when setting up the device. ✦ ✦ Do not look inside or place your hand over the open media tray. Never look directly or indirectly (with a mirror) at the laser diode, even when the device is not in operation. If you expose your eyes to the laser inside you drive, you risk damage or loss of your vision or other injury. ✦ ✦ Do not open your drive or attempt to disassemble or modify it. Never insert any metallic object into the drive to avoid any risk of electri- cal shock, fire, short-circuiting or dangerous emissions. Your drive contains no user-serviceable parts. If it appears to be malfunctioning, have it inspected by qualified LaCie service staff. ✦ ✦ Never expose your device to rain or use it near water or in damp or wet conditions. Never place containers on it containing liquids that may spill into its openings. Doing so in- creases the risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, fire or personal in- jury. ✦ ✦ Make sure that the computer and drive are electrically grounded. If the devices are not grounded, there is an increased risk of electrical shock. General Use Precautions ✦ ✦ Do not expose the drive to tempera- tures outside the range of 5° C to 40° C (41° F to 104° F) during op- eration. Doing so may damage the drive or disfigure its casing. Avoid placing your drive near a source of heat or exposing it to sunlight (even through a window). Inversely, plac- ing your drive in an environment that is too cold or humid may dam- age the unit. ✦ ✦ Do not block the ventilation out- lets on the rear of the drive. These help to keep your drive cool during operation. Blocking the ventilation outlets may cause damage to your drive and cause an increased risk of short-circuiting or fire. ✦ ✦ Always unplug the drive if there is a risk of lightning or if it will not be used for an extended period of time. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting or fire. ✦ ✦ Do not place heavy objects on top of the drive or use excessive force on its buttons, connectors and tray. ✦ ✦ Always place your drive in a hori- zontal position before using it. This LaCie drive has not been designed to be used in an upright position. This may result in damage to the device or data loss. ✦ ✦ Always remove the disc from the disc tray before transporting your drive. Otherwise, written data may be destroyed or the drive’s internal components may be damaged. ✦ ✦ Never use excessive force on the disc loading system; discs should be inserted effortlessly into your drive. If you detect a problem, consult the Troubleshooting section and con- tact your after-sales department. ✦ ✦ Protect your drive from excessive exposure to dust during use or stor- age. Dust can build up inside the device, increasing the risk of dam- age or malfunction. ✦ ✦ Never use benzene, paint thin- ners, detergent or other chemical products to clean the outside of the drive. Such products will disfigure and discolor the front panel and casing. Instead, use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the device.
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 4 IMPORTANT INFO: Any loss, corrup- tion or destruction of data while using a LaCie drive is the sole responsibility of the user, and under no circumstances will LaCie be held liable for the recovery or restoration of this data. To help prevent the loss of your data, LaCie highly rec- ommends that you keep TWO copies of your data; one copy on your external hard drive, for instance, and a second copy ei- ther on your internal hard drive, another external hard drive or some other form of removable storage media. LaCie offers a complete line of CD and DVD drives. If you would like more information on back- up, please refer to our website. IMPORTANT INFO: 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. 1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Once format- ted, the actual available storage capacity varies depending on operating environ- ment (typically 5-10% less).
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 5 1. Introduction Congratulations on the purchase of your new LaCie Slim DVD±RW. Light and compact, the Slim DVD±RW is ideal for your DVD and CD burning needs on your desk or on the go. Further, the Slim DVD±RW can read and write to all the popular formats, such as DVD±RDL, DVD±RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. Double Layer DVD Recording Double Layer (DL) discs are compatible with most consumer set-top DVD players and computer DVD-ROM drives, enabling you to burn DVDs that can play back in your living room. On one DVD+RDL disc, you’ll be able to store up to four hours of MPEG-2 video, sixteen hours of VHS quality video or increase the video bit rate for higher quality movies. And with 8.5GB of storage space on a single DL disc, they’re ideal for archiving and backup applications. At home or on the road, you have the right tool to backup your important files, create high-quality DVDs, or watch a favorite film on your computer. Click a topic: ✦ ✦ Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW ✦ ✦ Using Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW ✦ ✦ Troubleshooting Quick Links
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 6 1.1. Minimum System Requirements Windows Users ✦ ✦ USB 2.0 port ✦ ✦ Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 ✦ ✦ Pentium IV 2.0 GHz processor or higher ✦ ✦ 256MB RAM Mac Users ✦ ✦ USB 2.0 port ✦ ✦ Mac OS X 10.4.x or higher ✦ ✦ Power PC G5 or later, Mac Intel processor ✦ ✦ 256MB RAM Linux Users ✦ ✦ USB 2.0 ✦ ✦ Linux-based system ✦ ✦ 256MB RAM
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 7 1.2. Box Content 1. LaCie Slim DVD±RW 2. USB 2.0 Y cable 3. Quick Install Guide 4. CD (User Manual) IMPORTANT INFO: Please save your packaging. In the event that the drive should need to be repaired or serviced, it must be returned in its original packaging. Setup Steps 1. Connect the primary USB 2.0 A plug (without the lightning bolt sticker) to your computer. 2. Your drive is ready to use. Windows users: Right click My Computer and select Properties>General. Your drive should be listed. Mac users: In the Apple menu, choose About This Mac, then More Info. This will open the Apple System Profiler. Your drive should be listed under the Hardware category. NOTE: Your drive must be connected to a USB 2.0 port. Performance is not guaranteed using USB 1.1. NOTE: The Y cable has a secondary USB 2.0 A plug for additional power. Attaching the primary A plug to most computers will provide ample signal and power for the LaCie Slim DVD±RW. In the event that the device does not receive enough power, you may connect the additional A plug into a second USB 2.0 port on your computer. Please note that the secondary plug has a lightning bolt sticker. See the User Manual for more information. Quick Install Guide Slim DVD±RW Box Content Note: Please find the User Manual on the CD. Protect your investment – register for free technical support at www.lacie.com/register 1. Primary USB 2.0 A plug (signal and power) 2. Secondary USB 2.0 A plug (power only) 3. Mini-USB plug
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 8 1.3. Views of the Drive Front View 1. Disc Tray – Open the tray by pressing the load/eject button, then place a DVD or CD into the tray with the label facing up. Close the tray by pushing the load/eject button or pushing the front part of the tray. This drive has not been designed to ac- cept media with cartridges. 2. Drive Activity LED 3. Load/Eject Button – Push this button to open the media tray. 4. Emergency Eject Hole – Insert a straightened paper clip (or similar object) and push to eject the tray if the load/eject button does not work. In normal operation, the eject button should always be used to unload the tray. If you must use the emergency eject hole, make sure the drive’s power is turned off and wait until disc rotation has stopped. Rear View 1. Power Supply Connection – This is where you plug in the op- tional AC adapter. See section 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW for more information. 2. Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Port – This is where you plug in the USB 2.0 Y cable supplied with the drive. See section 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW for more information. IMPORTANT INFO: You may attach an optional external power supply (not included) to the power supply connector. Fig. 01 Fig. 02
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 9 1.4. Cables and Connections 1.4.1. Hi-Speed USB 2.0 USB is a serial input/output technology for connecting peripheral devices to a computer or to each other. Hi-Speed USB 2.0 pro- vides the necessary bandwidth and data transfer rates to support high speed devices such as hard drives, CD/DVD drives, and digital cameras. USB 2.0 Y Cable Your LaCie drive is shipped with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Y cable to ensure maximum data transfer performance when connected to a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port. The Y cable has a secondary USB 2.0 A plug to provide additional power to the LaCie Slim DVD±RW. Please see Fig. 03 - USB 2.0 Y Cable Ends to become acquainted with the USB 2.0 Y cable: 1. The primary USB 2.0 A plug that connects a device to a com- puter. For most computers, attaching this primary A plug will provide ample signal and power for the LaCie Slim DVD±RW. This USB 2.0 A plug carries the data signal to and from your device. 2. In the event that the device does not receive enough power via the primary USB 2.0 A plug, you may connect this secondary USB 2.0 A plug into a second USB 2.0 port on your computer. Please note the sticker with the lightning bolt to indicate that this plug is only meant for additional power and does not carry the data signal to and from your device. 3. Mini-USB 2.0 plug for a device, such as the LaCie Slim DVD±RW. USB Icons These icons will help you easily identify the USB interfaces. They ap- pear on USB cables and next to the USB port connectors on certain computers. Fig. 03 - USB 2.0 Y Cable Ends Fig. 04 - USB 2.0 logo Fig. 05 - USB 1.0 logo
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Foreword User Manual page 10 1.5. Supported DVD and CD Formats Table 01 - Supported DVD and CD Formats Format Type of Disc Write Speed Capacity DVD DVD±R DL 6x 8.5GB DVD±R 8x 4.7GB DVD+RW 8x 4.7GB DVD-RW 6x 4.7GB DVD-ROM (Single and dual layer) -- 4.7/8.5 GB DVD-RAM 5x 4.7/8.5GB CD CD-R 24x 700MB CD-RW 24x 650MB CD-ROM -- -- 1.5.1. DVD and CD Media Format Definitions DVD+RW Discs ✦ ✦ Best suited for: backing up and archiving digital content. ✦ ✦ These discs are functionally similar to CD-RW and DVD-RW discs, but record in the same way as DVD+R. Using Direct Overwrite (DOW) recording, this type of disc allows new data to be written directly over existing data in a single pass. DVD-RW Discs ✦ ✦ Best suited for: backing up and archiving digital content. ✦ ✦ These discs serve the same general purpose as CD-RW me- dia, but with 4.7GB of space versus 650MB. ✦ ✦ Discs can be written and erased up to 1,000 times. DVD+R Discs ✦ ✦ Best suited for: recording DVD videos, storing multiple photo albums, and data storage under 4.7GB. ✦ ✦ Just as CD-R discs, DVD+R is write-once, but with 4.7GB of capacity versus 700MB for CD-R discs. ✦ ✦ DVD+R supports “lossless linking” and the combination of Constant Angular Velocity (CAV) and Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) recording. DVD-R Discs ✦ ✦ Best suited for: recording DVD videos, storing multiple photo albums, and data storage under 4.7GB. ✦ ✦ These discs are also functionally similar to CD-R media and have the same capacity as DVD+R discs. ✦ ✦ There are two types of DVD-R discs: DVD-R General, which is intended for home applications, and DVD-R Authoring, which is intended for professional DVD-Video development applica- tions. DVD+RDL or DVD-RDL (Double Layer) Discs ✦ ✦ Ideal for: recording high-quality DVD videos, backing up, and archiving large data DVDs. ✦ ✦ These discs follow the DVD+ recording techniques, but with 8.5GB of capacity versus 4.7GB for DVD±R discs. ✦ ✦ Larger disk capacity makes it possible to increase the video bit rate for higher quality DVD videos. DVD-RAM ✦ ✦ Best suited for camcorders and set-top boxes, as well as many other situations where rewriting data is important. ✦ ✦ Considered a very reliable format thanks to its built-in error control and defect management system. CD-R Discs ✦ ✦ Best suited for: recording audio CDs and storing files, such as photos or important documents. ✦ ✦ Files can not be deleted from CD-R discs, and you cannot write over existing files on a CD-R disc. CD-RW Discs ✦ ✦ Best suited for: exchanging files up to 650MB. ✦ ✦ Discs can be reformatted up to 1,000 times, and files can be written over. ✦ ✦ Most CD-ROM drives and audio CD players cannot read CD- RW discs. TECHNICAL NOTE: For Best Recording Results: ✦ ✦ Close all other open programs and disconnect from the in- ternet ✦ ✦ Copy data to your hard drive first ✦ ✦ Check media speed rating ✦ ✦ Use media that is free of scratches and fingerprints
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Getting Connected User Manual page 11 2.1. Connecting the USB 2.0 Y Cable 1. Connect the Y cable’s primary Hi-Speed USB 2.0 A connector (see 1.4. Cables and Connections) to an available USB 2.0 port on your computer. IMPORTANT INFO: The Y cable has two USB 2.0 connectors: the primary A connector for signal and power and the secondary A con- nector for additional power, if necessary. The difference is clearly marked by a lightning bolt sticker on the secondary (power only) connector. You must connect the primary A connector in order to send and receive data. See 1.4. Cables and Connections. 2. Attach the other end (mini-USB) of the USB 2.0 Y cable to your LaCie Slim DVD±RW. See Fig. 06 3. Your drive should now be ready for use. To verify that your drive is correctly installed and communicating with your computer, follow these steps: Mac Users In the Apple menu, choose About This Mac, then More Info. This will open the Apple System Profiler. Your drive should be listed under the Hardware category. Windows Users RightclickyourMyComputerfolderandselectProperties>General. Your drive should be listed. 4. If your Slim DVD±RW does not appear to be receiving ade- quate power, attach the secondary USB 2.0 A plug (with the lightning sticker) to an available USB 2.0 port on your com- puter. See Fig. 07 TECHNICAL NOTE: Your drive must be connected to a USB 2.0 port. Performance is not guaranteed with USB 1.1. See section 1.4. Cables and Connections. TECHNICAL NOTE: For more information on USB connections, see sections 1.4. Cables and Connections and 4.5. USB Questions & Answers. IMPORTANT INFO: The LaCie Slim DVD±RW includes a power supply connection (see 1.3. Views of the Drive) that will accept an external power supply (not included). 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW Fig. 06 Fig. 07
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Using Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW User Manual page 12 3.1. Inserting Discs To insert a disc: 1. Push the Open/Close button on your LaCie Slim DVD±RW. 2. When the disc tray opens, put the DVD or CD media into the tray with the label side facing up. Make sure the DVD or CD is correctly placed in the center of the disc tray. 3. Push the Open/Close button to close it (Fig. 08). Do not attempt to force the door open; you will damage the drive. The power must be on in order to open the drive. The drive must be on a flat surface to work correctly. To close the disc tray: Press the Open/Close button (Fig. 08). Pushing the media tray closed is not recommended. 3.2. Accessing Discs Mac Users The DVD or CD volume will appear as an icon on the desktop. Click on the icon to access the contents of the DVD or CD. Windows Users The DVD or CD volume will appear in your My Computer folder (Windows XP users) or the Computer folder (Windows Vista and Windows 7 users). Click on the icon to access the contents of the disc. CAUTION: Do not force the disc tray open or closed, as you will damage the drive. Also always remove discs before transporting the drive, and never move the drive while it is in operation. IMPORTANT INFO: This drive is not compatible with cartridges. 3. Using Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW Fig. 08
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Using Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW User Manual page 13 3.3. Ejecting Discs Mac Users 1. Drag the DVD/CD icon on the desktop to the Trash (Fig. 09). 2. The disc tray will open. 3. Remove the disc. Push the Open/Close button on the drive to close the disc tray. Windows Users 1. Press the Open/Close button on the front of the drive. 2. Remove the disc. 3. Push the Open/Close button on the drive to close the disc tray. CAUTION: Do not attempt to open the drive’s disc tray or remove the disc while the unit is in use and being accessed by the computer. You may injure yourself and/or damage the drive and/or your com- puter system. Do not transport the drive with the disc tray open or with a DVD or CD disc inside. Doing so may damage the drive and/ or data stored on the disc, and will void your warranty. 3.4. Emergency Disc Ejection In the event that a DVD or CD cannot be ejected with the Open/ Close button and software is not controlling the drive, use the emer- gency eject operation to open the disc tray. 1. Switch off the drive and unplug the interface cable. 2. Insert a small metal poker, such as an unbent paper clip, into the emergency eject hole (see Fig. 10) until the poker presses against the manual eject mechanism. You will feel the mecha- nism eject the disc tray. Only use this method if the Open/Close button is not working. CAUTION: Make sure the drive is off and the power unplugged before attempting the emergency ejection procedure. Fig. 09 Fig. 10
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Helpful Technical Information User Manual page 14 4.1. DVD and CD Software All supported operating systems (see 1.1. Minimum System Require- ments) include basic DVD and CD reading and writing functions. However, if you require more features for your DVD and CD writing, LaCie recommends Nero, Roxio, or Cyberlink. IMPORTANT INFO: LaCie cannot guarantee that all third-party software will work with the LaCie Slim DVD±RW. 4.2. File System Formats When writing DVD±R/RW and CD-R/RW discs, you will have the option to assign the disc a particular file format (the way in which a computer names and organizes files for storage and to manage data exchange). LaCie recommends using one of three primary file system formats when using the Slim DVD±RW: ✦ ✦ Universal Disk Format (UDF) ✦ ✦ ISO 9660 ✦ ✦ Mac OS Extended (also known as HFS+) ✦ ✦ Hybrid discs (Mac & PC) UDF – This specification, developed by Optical Storage Technolo- gies Association, is the predominant file system that allows compat- ibility across various Bluray, DVD and CD applications, hardware platforms, and computer operating systems. ISO 9660 – This is the standard file system which allows media to be read on a Mac, PC, or other major computer platform. Published by the International Organization of Standardization, this standard defines a file system for DVD-ROM and CDs. It supports Micro- soft Windows, Mac OS, and operating systems that follow the Unix specification, but doesn’t support custom features of Mac file sys- tems such as long file names or icon options. Microsoft created an extension to the format, called Joliet, which allows for Unicode file character names and file names up to 64 characters in length (twice as many as the ISO 9660 Level 2 and 3 specifications). Mac OS Extended – Also known as HFS+, this is the file system used by Macintosh. This is the preferred file format If you will be using your disc only with the Mac OS. Hybrid discs (Mac & PC) – Mac users can also choose to create hybrid discs which contain two partitions: one to be viewed by Mac users, one by Windows users. Certain software, such as Toast Tita- nium, offers this file system for formatting your disc. 4. Helpful Technical Information
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Helpful Technical Information User Manual page 15 4.3. DVD±RW Writing Methods Disc at Once (DAO) – A DVD writing process in which the entire DVD is recorded in one session, and data cannot be added after the recording is finished. This differs somewhat from the CD-R DAO method because the lead-in area, data area, and lead-out area are all written sequentially. Session at Once (SAO) – A writing process which is similar to DAO, where information is written in a session, but allowing for record further recording at a later time. This mode provides for greater control of the recording process than Packet Writing (PW) or TAO, and more disc space can be utilized because there is no need for gaps between tracks. Incremental Recording (IR) – A writing process that is similar to the Session at Once (SAO) CDR writing method; files may be added directly to the DVD-R disc one recording at a time, instead of record- ing the files to a hard drive before writing the disc. The minimum recorded size, though, must be at least 32KB (even if the file to be recorded is smaller than that), and capacities and write speeds are decreased due to the overhead of combined lead-in/out areas and data. Also, the disc must be finalized before it may be played back by a drive other than the drive recording the disc. Multi-Border Recording (MBR) – A writing process that is very similar to IR, MBR allows you to make an IR disc and then play the disc back on a device that recognizes this type of recording method. MBR creates a very short boundary zone around a recording ses- sion so a compatible player or DVD-ROM drive does not attempt to play beyond the border of the recorded area, instead allowing the unfinished disc to be read by a player that supports this recording method. Restricted Overwriting (RO) – With this method, if a disc has already been written to, new data segments can be randomly inserted any- where within the recorded boundary. New data, however, can only be added to an area of the disc that has already been recorded over and from the point where the last session was stopped. Packet Writing (PW) – A drag-and-drop writing process that is very useful for data backup. Buffer underrun* is impossible in this mode, because the data is written in “packets” of a few KBs. Packet Writing is a CPU-intensive process because it constantly checks the avail- able space on the disc. * Buffer Underrun – The recording of a disc is a system-intensive ap- plication, and the rewritable drive needs a constant stream of data. A buffer underrun occurs when the stream of data to the rewritable drive is not fast enough to keep the rewritable drive’s buffer full, causing an error in the recording process. If this problem occurs often, turn down the recording speed. Table 02 - DVD±RW Writing Methods DAO SAO IR MBR RO PW CD ✔ ✔ ✔ DVD ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Helpful Technical Information User Manual page 16 4.4. About DVD/CD Available Capacity There are important factors to consider when recording video, au- dio, or data to CD or DVD discs. The DVD media specification pro- vides for two physical sizes: 4.7” (12cm) and 3.1” (8cm) (both are .47” (1.2cm) thick). DVD discs are single-sided and can have one (SL) or two (DL) layers of data. The amount of data or video that a disc can hold are dependent upon factors such as the amount of audio and the degree of com- pression of the data, video or audio. When media companies reference the amount of data that a disc can hold, they represent the total amount in terms of gigabytes (GB), or a billion bytes (1000 x 1000 x 1000 bytes). This number, though, is not the way in which a computer addresses the data; to a computer the value is binary and larger than a billion bytes – 1,073,741,824 (1024 x 1024 x 1024 bytes). 4.5. USB Questions & Answers What Are the Benefits of the USB Interfaces? ✦ ✦ Cross-platform: All recent Macs and PCs include USB 2.0 ports. ✦ ✦ “Hot Swappable”: No need to shut down or restart your com- puter when adding or removing a USB device. Plug it in and its ready. ✦ ✦ Automatic configuration: Once your device is connected, your computer recognizes the device and configures the software (Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7). ✦ ✦ Daisy-Chaining: USB 2.0 ports on your computer support up to 127 peripherals using hubs. ✦ ✦ Easy Installation: One standardized port and plug combina- tion makes it simple to connect. Will Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Devices Work on USB 1.1 Hubs and Vice Versa? You can use your Hi-Speed USB 2.0 devices with USB 1.1 hubs, but the peripherals will be limited to USB 1.1 performance levels. For more information about the USB interface, please visit the LaCie website: www.lacie.com/technologies 4.6. Data Transfers Data transfers are the flow of data that accomplishes a task, usu- ally related to moving data from storage to computer RAM or be- tween storage devices. During data transfers, it’s best to wait before launching other applications on the same USB port. Anomalies may arise with USB controllers that do not conform to OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface*) standards. LaCie cannot ensure proper opera- tion when using interface controllers that are not OHCI compliant. If you encounter a problem with an unsupported peripheral connec- tors, such as a time lag (“hanging”), proceed as follows: 1. Make sure that the USB cable is connected tightly and securely on both ends of the cable, from the drive to the computer. If you are using a USB cable other than the one supplied with your LaCie drive, check that it is Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified. 2. Check that the power supply and ground connection are seated properly. 3. Disconnect your computer’s USB cable. Wait 30 seconds. Re- connect. TECHNICAL NOTE: *Controller - This is a component or an elec- tronic card (referred to in this case as a “controller card”) that en- ables a computer to communicate with or manage certain peripher- als. An external controller is an expansion card which fills one of the free slots (i.e. PCI or PCMCIA) inside your PC and which enables a peripheral (i.e. DVD/RW drive, Hard Drive, scanner, or printer) to be connected to the computer. If your computer is not equipped with a USB controller card, you can purchase an external controller through LaCie. Contact your LaCie reseller or LaCie Technical Sup- port (section 6. Contacting Customer Support) for more information.
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Troubleshooting User Manual page 17 In the event that your LaCie Slim DVD±RW is not working correctly, please refer to the following checklist to determine the source of the problem. If you have gone through all of the points on the checklist and your drive is still not working correctly, please check the FAQs that are regularly published on our Web site, www.lacie.com. One of these FAQs may provide an answer to your specific question. You can also visit the downloads page, where the most recent software updates will be available. If you need further assistance, please contact your LaCie reseller or LaCie Technical Support (see section 6. Contacting Customer Sup- port for details). Manual Updates LaCie is constantly striving to give you the most up-to-date, com- prehensive User’s Manuals available on the market. It is our goal to provide you with a friendly, easy-to-use format that will help you quickly install and utilize the many functions of your new device. If your manual does not reflect the configurations of the product that you purchased, please check our Web site for the most current version available. 5. Troubleshooting
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Troubleshooting User Manual page 18 5.1. Mac Users Problem Question Solution The drive is not recognized by the computer. Does your computer’s configuration meet the minimum system require- ments for use with this drive? See section 1.1. Minimum System Requirements. Is the drive receiving enough power through your computer’s USB bus? The Slim DVD±RW may not be receiving sufficient power through your computer’s USB bus. Please try attaching the additional USB 2.0 A connector (see 2.1. Connecting the USB 2.0 Y Cable) or an optional external power supply (not included). Did you follow the correct installation steps? Review the installation steps in 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW. Is there an icon on your desktop? Look for an icon on your desktop that represents disc you have inserted. If the disc does not appear, follow the rest of the Trouble- shooting tips to isolate the problem. Are both ends of the USB cable securely attached? ✦ ✦ Disconnect the USB cable, wait 10 seconds and then recon- nect. ✦ ✦ Ensure that USB connectors are properly aligned. USB cables can only be inserted one way. Make sure that they are cor- rectly oriented. ✦ ✦ Check that the USB connectors are straight and fully seated in the USB ports. ✦ ✦ Only use certified USB cables, such as the cables provided with your LaCie drive. If you have followed all of these steps and the drive is still not recognized, shut down your computer, wait 3 to 5 minutes, restart your computer and try again. Is there a conflict with other device drivers or extensions? Contact LaCie Customer Support for assistance. See 6.1. LaCie Technical Support Contacts. Did you attach the primary USB 2.0 A plug? The USB 2.0 Y cable that is shipped with the device has two USB 2.0 A plugs: the primary (without the lightning bolt sticker) and the secondary (with the lightning bolt sticker). For most computers, attaching the primary plug will allow for sufficient power and carry the data signal. The secondary plug does not carry a data signal as it is only meant to provide additional power when necessary.
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Troubleshooting User Manual page 19 Problem Question Solution The drive is not running noticeably faster when connected via Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Are there other USB devices con- nected to the same port or hub? Disconnect any other USB devices and see if the drive’s perfor- mance improves. Is the drive connected to a USB hub? A Hi-Speed USB 2.0 device can only operate at Hi-Speed USB 2.0 speeds if it is connected to a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port or hub. Make sure your USB hub supports Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Is the drive connected to a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port on your computer? Make sure that the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 drivers for both your host bus adapter and device have been installed correctly. If in doubt, uninstall the drivers and re-install them. Does your computer or operating system support Hi-Speed USB 2.0? See 1.1. Minimum System Requirements and 4.6. Data Transfers for more information. The drive is working slowly. Is the drive connected directly to the host computer? Make sure that your drive is connected directly to the computer (see 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW for more information). For best performance, connect devices directly to the computer. For more information, see 4.6. Data Transfers. The drive’s media tray will not open. Have you tried dragging the disc’s icon to the Trash? Drag the disc icon onto the Trash icon. The disc should then eject automatically. If this does not work, try using the eject function of the software program that you are using. Has a software program locked the eject function? To check, disconnect the interface cable, then reconnect and push the Open/Close button. If the disc still will not eject, see section 3.4. Emergency Disc Ejection for more information on how to eject your media.
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Troubleshooting User Manual page 20 Problem Question Solution The drive’s media tray automatically ejects a disc when you try to record on it, or the drive is not writ- ing to CD/DVD correctly. Is the disc full? To verify the contents of the disc: ✦ ✦ Use your recording software OR ✦ ✦ Select the disc on the desktop and select Get Info from the File menu. If the disc appears empty but the problem persists, try using another piece of media. Does the drive support the format of the disc you have inserted? Check section 1.5. Supported DVD and CD Formats for information about the different formats supported by your drive. Is the disc damaged? Carefully inspect the disc. Look to see if there are highly visible scratches to the recording surface (the bright, shiny, reflective side) of the disc. If in doubt, try another disc. Has the recording software been in- stalled correctly? Double-check the installation of your recording software and re- install the software, if necessary. Review the recording software’s troubleshooting and help sections for more information about the recording software. Are you receiving buffer underrun er- rors (has something interrupted the stream of data to the recorder)? For the best recordings, follow these tips to avoid buffer underrun interruptions: ✦ ✦ Quit all other running software programs before starting to record. ✦ ✦ De-activate File Sharing if it is running. ✦ ✦ If you are making a direct recording, such as a copy, from a CD or a DVD, make sure that the speed of the drive playing the CD or DVD is fast enough to provide a sufficient data stream to the LaCie drive. When making copies, it is recom- mended that you transfer the material to be copied to your hard drive, and then make the recording from the data on the hard drive. ✦ ✦ Reduce the write speed of the LaCie drive using the appropri- ate menu in the recording software.
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Troubleshooting User Manual page 21 5.2. Windows Users Problem Question Solution The drive is not recognized by the computer. Does your computer’s configuration meet the minimum system require- ments for use with this drive? See section 1.1. Minimum System Requirements. Is the drive receiving enough power through your computer’s USB bus? The Slim DVD±RW may not be receiving sufficient power through your computer’s USB bus. Please try attaching the additional USB 2.0 A connector (see 2.1. Connecting the USB 2.0 Y Cable) or an optional external power supply (not included). Did you follow the correct installation steps? Review the installation steps in 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW. Is there an icon for the drive in My Computer? Go into My Computer and look for an icon and drive letter as- signed to the LaCie drive. If the drive does not appear, follow the rest of the Troubleshooting tips to isolate the problem. Are both ends of the USB cable securely attached? ✦ ✦ Disconnect the USB cable, wait 10 seconds and then recon- nect. ✦ ✦ Ensure that USB connectors are properly aligned. USB cables can only be inserted one way. Make sure that they are cor- rectly oriented. ✦ ✦ Check that the USB connectors are straight and fully seated in the USB ports. ✦ ✦ Only use certified USB cables, such as the cables provided with your LaCie drive. If you have followed all of these steps and the drive is still not recognized, shut down your computer, wait 3 to 5 minutes, restart your computer and try again. Is there a conflict with other device drivers or extensions? Contact LaCie Customer Support for assistance. See 6.1. LaCie Technical Support Contacts. Go to Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > System > Hardware tab > Device Manager button > USB Controller. Click on the + sign next to the controller icon, and you should see your device listed. If you still can’t see your device, recheck the cables and try the other troubleshooting tips listed here. Did you attach the primary USB 2.0 A plug? The USB 2.0 Y cable that is shipped with the device has two USB 2.0 A plugs: the primary (without the lightning bolt sticker) and the secondary (with the lightning bolt sticker). For most computers, attaching the primary plug will allow for sufficient power and carry the data signal. The secondary plug does not carry a data signal as it is only meant to provide additional power when necessary. continued on the next page>>
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Troubleshooting User Manual page 22 Problem Question Solution The drive is not running noticeably faster when connected via Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Are there other USB devices con- nected to the same port or hub? Disconnect any other USB devices and see if the drive’s perfor- mance improves. Is the drive connected to a USB hub? A Hi-Speed USB 2.0 device can only operate at Hi-Speed USB 2.0 speeds if it is connected to a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port or hub. Make sure your USB hub supports Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Is the drive connected to a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port on your computer? Make sure that the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 drivers for both your host bus adapter and device have been installed correctly. If in doubt, uninstall the drivers and re-install them. Does your computer or operating system support Hi-Speed USB 2.0? See 1.1. Minimum System Requirements and 4.6. Data Transfers for more information. The drive is working slowly. Is the drive connected directly to the host computer? Make sure that your drive is connected directly to the computer (see 2. Connecting Your LaCie Slim DVD±RW for more information). For best performance, connect devices directly to the computer. For more information, see 4.6. Data Transfers. The drive’s media tray automatically ejects a disc when you try to record on it, or the drive is not writ- ing to CD/DVD correctly. Is the disc full? To verify the contents of the disc: ✦ ✦ Use your recording software OR ✦ ✦ Select the disc on the desktop and select Get Info from the File menu. If the disc appears empty but the problem persists, try using another piece of media. Does the drive support the format of the disc you have inserted? Check section 1.5. Supported DVD and CD Formats for information about the different formats supported by your drive. Is the disc damaged? Carefully inspect the disc. Look to see if there are highly visible scratches to the recording surface (the bright, shiny, reflective side) of the disc. If in doubt, try another disc. Has the recording software been installed correctly? Double-check the installation of your recording software and re- install the software, if necessary. Review the recording software’s troubleshooting and help sections for more information about the recording software. The drive’s media tray automatically ejects a disc when you try to record on it, or the drive is not writ- ing to CD/DVD correctly. Are you receiving buffer underrun errors (has something interrupted the stream of data to the recorder)? For the best recordings, follow these tips to avoid buffer underrun interruptions: ✦ ✦ Quit all other running software programs before starting to record. ✦ ✦ De-activate File Sharing if it is active. ✦ ✦ If you are making a direct recording, such as a copy, from a CD or a DVD, make sure that the speed of the drive playing the CD or DVD is fast enough to provide a sufficient data stream to the LaCie drive. When making copies, it is recom- mended that you transfer the material to be copied to your hard drive, and then make the recording from the data on the hard drive. ✦ ✦ Reduce the write speed of the LaCie drive using the appropri- ate menu in the recording software.
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Contacting Customer Support User Manual page 23 Before You Contact Technical Support 1. Read the manuals and review section 5. Troubleshooting. 2. Try to isolate the problem. If possible, make the drive the only external device on the CPU, and make sure that all of the cables are correctly and securely attached. If you have asked yourself all of the pertinent questions in the trou- bleshooting checklist, and you still can’t get your LaCie drive to work properly, contact us at www.lacie.com. Before contacting us, make sure that you are in front of your computer and that you have the following information on hand: 6. Contacting Customer Support Information Where to Find Information LaCie Slim DVD±RW serial number Located on a sticker at the back of drive or on the original packaging Macintosh/PC model Mac users: Click on the Apple icon in the menu bar and select About This Mac. Windows users: Right click My Computer and select Properties > General. Operating system version Processor speed Computer memory The brands and models of other internal and external peripherals installed on your computer Mac users: Click on the Apple icon in the finder bar and select About This Mac. Select More Info... The Apple System Profiler will launch and will list your internal and external peripherals. Windows users: Right click My Computer and select Properties > Hard- ware.
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Contacting Customer Support User Manual page 24 6.1. LaCie Technical Support Contacts LaCie Asia Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/asia/contact/ LaCie Australia Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/au/contact/ LaCie Belgium Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/be/contact/ (Français) LaCie Canada Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/caen/contact/ (English) LaCie Denmark Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/dk/contact LaCie Finland Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/fi/contact/ LaCie France Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/fr/contact/ LaCie Germany Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/de/contact/ LaCie Italy Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/it/contact/ Japan - ELECOM CO. LTD. Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/jp LaCie Netherlands Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/nl/contact/ LaCie Norway Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/no/contact/ LaCie Spain Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/es/contact/ LaCie Sweden Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/se/contact LaCie Switzerland Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/chfr/contact/ (Français) LaCie United Kingdom Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/uk/contact/ LaCie Ireland Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/ie/contact/ LaCie USA Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/contact/ LaCie International Contact us at: http://www.lacie.com/intl/contact/
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LaCie Slim DVD±RW • Design by Sam Hecht Warranty Information User Manual page 25 LaCie warrants your drive against any defect in material and work- manship, under normal use, for the period designated on your war- ranty certificate. In the event this product is found to be defective within the warranty period, LaCie will, at its option, repair or replace the defective drive. This warranty is void if: ✦ ✦ The drive was operated/stored in abnormal use or mainte- nance conditions; ✦ ✦ The drive is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification or alteration is expressly authorized in writing by LaCie; ✦ ✦ The drive was subjected to abuse, neglect, lightning strike, electrical fault, improper packaging or accident; ✦ ✦ The drive was installed improperly; ✦ ✦ The serial number of the drive is defaced or missing; ✦ ✦ The broken part is a replacement part such as a pickup tray, etc. ✦ ✦ The tamper seal on the drive casing is broken. LaCie and its suppliers accept no liability for any loss of data during the use of this device, or for any of the problems caused as a result. As a precaution, it is recommended that the CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media be tested after they have been written to. Under no circumstances do LaCie or its suppliers guarantee the reli- ability of the DVD or CD media used in this drive. LaCie will not, under any circumstances, be liable for direct, special or consequential damages such as, but not limited to, damage or loss of property or equipment, loss of profits or revenues, cost of replacement goods, or expense or inconvenience caused by service interruptions. Any loss, corruption or destruction of data while using a LaCie drive is the sole responsibility of the user, and under no circumstances will LaCie be held liable for the recovery or restoration of this data. Un- der no circumstances will any person be entitled to any sum greater than the purchase price paid for the drive. To obtain warranty service, call LaCie Technical Support. You may be asked to furnish proof of purchase to confirm that the drive is still under warranty. All drives returned to LaCie must be securely packaged in their origi- nal box and shipped with postage prepaid. IMPORTANT INFO: Register online for free technical support: www.lacie.com/register 7. Warranty Information

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