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on 1 December 2015
If you refer to some of the questions asked about this product some say it works with Windows 7, 8 & 10 ( including the seller ) others say it defiantly does not !
We I have to say after a CONSIDERABLE period of time I did get this drive to be recognised by my Windows 8 system and it has written onto a DVD with some photo backup files, not tried it yet with a Blu Ray.
The drive is VERY fussy about what USB port you connect it to. My system has mostly USB 3 sockets but I got this as it was ideal for occasional back up of large video files etc. I haver a PCI E four port USB 2 card in the system and ALL my other drives, mice, keyboards etc all run without any problem, but this drive would not be recognised when plugged into this. My drives are regularly updated but to be 100% sure I checked for any updates, no ! all were up to date. I did try the two front USB 2 ports and it worked but as the power & data leads were so short I had to hold the drive whilst testing.
Eventually got a USB 3 hub and connected this to a USB 3 port on the back of tower and this appeared to work OK. As I said above what a fuss.
The drive was recognised as a MATSHITA Panasonic drive and wrote a DVD of approx. 4 Gb of date in under 10 minutes.
Again as I said above the cables are too short for use on a tower system unless your tower has USB 2 ports at the bottom of the tower base, so it's ideally suited for a laptop.
Never has a slim line external drive prior to this and I was disappointed at the flimsy nature of the external casing. It flexes and does not always allow the draw to click in place.
I am using 'Burn Aware Free'. an 'open source' burning software, to produce my disks. Not got around to getting my Blu Ray player software yet. but intend to try 5K Player.
It does work ...... but not for all. Would not suggest this drive for a PC novice !