Toshiba unveils innovative combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Disk Products, Wednesday announced the availability of its combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive via distribution as well as the Toshiba Web site. The ideal optical storage product, the SD-R1002 provides the low-cost rewritability of a CD-RW drive with the high-capacity storage and the multimedia capabilities of DVD. The drive offers “three-in-one” functionality with CD-R/CD-RW, DVD and CD-ROM compatibility and is available in a complete kit with a suggested list price of $349.

Toshiba’s three-in-one combination drive kit contains all of the necessary equipment to begin using the drive immediately. The kit includes Adaptec® Easy CD Creator(TM) software and DirectCD(TM) for Windows(TM), making recording CDs user-friendly for all skill levels. Toshiba includes CyberLink’s DVD software decoder so you can enjoy DVD movie playback. Also in the kit is one piece each CD-R
and CD-RW media, IDE and audio cables, and a Bonus Game Sampler featuring samples of today’s hottest games. The drive reads CD-R/CD-RW media, which has a capacity of 650MB and can also read DVD-ROM software, which has a maximum capacity of 17GB per disc. The drive also features a fast writing speed of 4X for CD-R and CD-RW, and employs a full 24X speed maximum playback for CD-ROM and 4X for DVD-ROM. The SD-R1002 is a half-height drive that fits into all standard desktop computer drive bays. The drive measures 146mm (w) x 41.5mm (h) x 193mm (d), (5.7 inches x 1.6 inches x 7.6 inches).

For the first time, Toshiba will sell the SD-R1002 direct, through easy-to-use online procurement. This first 1,000 orders through the Toshiba Web site will receive a free media pack consisting of seven 650 mb CD-R and three 650 mb CD-RW discs, allowing customers to begin utilizing their drive immediately. This media value pack has a suggested list price of $19. The complete kit is now priced at $349 and can be found at in addition to traditional distributors.

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