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Hi !

                 My Asus BW-161HT was happily burning the following BD-R disc in july-2017:

 

Maximum Transfer Rate: Not SpecifiedBD Disc Information:

Disc Brand: Sony

Disc ID: RITEK-BR3-000

Disc Type: BD-R

Disc Size: 120 mm

Disc Class: 0

Disc Version: 1

Disc Time Stamp: 10/2010

Number of Layers: 1

Layer Type: Writable

DVD Layer Present: No

CD Layer Present: No

Channel Bit Length: 74.50 nm (25 GB Per Layer)

Push-Pull Polarity: Positive

Recorded Mark Polarity: HTL

BCA Present: Yes

 

But now it has started to give the following errors (with AWS & Firmware Version: 3.03):

 

I 22:49:09 ImgBurn Version 2.5.8.0 started!

I 22:49:09 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7601 : Service Pack 1)
I 22:49:09 Total Physical Memory: 7,827,332 KiB  -  Available: 6,283,960 KiB
I 22:49:09 Initialising SPTI...
I 22:49:09 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 22:49:11 -> Drive 1 - Info: ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.03 (D:) (SATA)
I 22:49:11 Found 1 BD-RE XL!
E 22:49:13 Failed to check for ImgBurn update!
I 22:49:51 Operation Started!
I 22:49:51 Building Image Tree...
I 22:49:51 Calculating Totals...
I 22:49:51 Preparing Image...
I 22:49:51 Contents: 3 Files, 2 Folders
I 22:49:51 Content Type: Data
I 22:49:51 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 22:49:51 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 22:49:51 Volume Label: [Not Configured]
I 22:49:51 Size: 18,427,031,504 bytes
I 22:49:51 Sectors: 8,997,576
I 22:49:51 Image Size: 18,427,936,768 bytes
I 22:49:51 Image Sectors: 8,998,016
I 22:49:51 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 22:50:54 Operation Started!
I 22:50:54 Building Image Tree...
I 22:50:54 Calculating Totals...
I 22:50:54 Preparing Image...
I 22:50:54 Contents: 7 Files, 5 Folders
I 22:50:54 Content Type: Data
I 22:50:54 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 22:50:54 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 22:50:54 Volume Label: [Not Configured]
I 22:50:54 Size: 23,037,492,378 bytes
I 22:50:54 Sectors: 11,248,780
I 22:50:54 Image Size: 23,038,394,368 bytes
I 22:50:54 Image Sectors: 11,249,216
I 22:50:54 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 22:51:39 Operation Started!
I 22:51:39 Building Image Tree...
I 22:51:39 Calculating Totals...
I 22:51:39 Preparing Image...
I 22:51:39 Contents: 754 Files, 249 Folders
I 22:51:39 Content Type: Data
I 22:51:39 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 22:51:39 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 22:51:39 Volume Label: [Not Configured]
I 22:51:39 Size: 25,012,067,840 bytes
I 22:51:39 Sectors: 12,213,256
I 22:51:39 Image Size: 25,018,761,216 bytes
I 22:51:39 Image Sectors: 12,216,192
I 22:51:39 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 22:53:27 Operation Started!
I 22:53:27 Building Image Tree...
I 22:53:27 Calculating Totals...
I 22:53:27 Preparing Image...
I 22:53:28 Contents: 754 Files, 249 Folders
I 22:53:28 Content Type: Data
I 22:53:28 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 22:53:28 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 22:53:28 Volume Label: Windows
I 22:53:28 Size: 25,012,067,840 bytes
I 22:53:28 Sectors: 12,213,256
I 22:53:28 Image Size: 25,018,761,216 bytes
I 22:53:28 Image Sectors: 12,216,192
I 22:53:39 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:11
I 22:53:39 Operation Started!
I 22:53:39 Source File: -==/\/[bUILD IMAGE]\/\==-
I 22:53:39 Source File Sectors: 12,216,192 (MODE1/2048)
I 22:53:39 Source File Size: 25,018,761,216 bytes
I 22:53:39 Source File Volume Identifier: Windows
I 22:53:39 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 4CF5B6AD00BA6248
I 22:53:39 Source File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.8.0
I 22:53:39 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 22:53:39 Source File File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 22:53:39 Destination Device: [0:0:0] ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.03 (D:) (SATA)
I 22:53:39 Destination Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: RITEK-BR3-000)
I 22:53:39 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 12x
I 22:53:39 Destination Media Sectors: 12,219,392
I 22:53:39 Write Mode: BD
I 22:53:39 Write Type: DAO
I 22:53:39 Write Speed: MAX
I 22:53:39 Hardware Defect Management Active: No
I 22:53:39 BD-R Verify Not Required: Yes
I 22:53:39 Link Size: Auto
I 22:53:39 Lock Volume: Yes
I 22:53:39 Test Mode: No
I 22:53:39 OPC: No
I 22:53:39 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 22:53:41 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 53,952 KB/s (12x)
I 22:53:58 Filling Buffer... (80 MiB)
I 22:53:59 Writing LeadIn...
W 22:54:10 Failed to Write Sectors 0 - 31 - Reason: Write Error
W 22:54:10 Retrying (1 of 20)...
I 22:54:16 Writing LeadIn...
I 22:54:18 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 12216191)
I 22:54:18 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 12216191)
I 23:05:35 Synchronising Cache...
W 23:05:42 Potential 'WaitImmediateIO' Deferred Error - (0/3) - Session Fixation Error
W 23:05:42 Synchronise Cache Failed! - Reason: Session Fixation Error
W 23:05:42 Retrying (1 of 3)...
I 23:05:43 Closing Track...
I 23:05:44 Finalising Disc...
I 23:06:10 Exporting Graph Data...
I 23:06:10 Graph Data File: C:\Users\Rana\AppData\Roaming\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\ASUS_BW-16D1HT_3.03_SATURDAY-JULY-21-2018_10-53_PM_RITEK-BR3-000_MAX.ibg
I 23:06:10 Export Successfully Completed!
I 23:06:10 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:12:31
I 23:06:10 Average Write Rate: 36,089 KiB/s (8.2x) - Maximum Write Rate: 53,285 KiB/s (12.1x)
I 23:06:10 Cycling Tray before Verify...
W 23:06:40 Waiting for device to become ready...
I 23:06:52 Device Ready!
E 23:06:52 CompareImageFileLayouts Failed! - Session Count Not Equal (1/0)
E 23:06:52 Verify Failed! - Reason: Layouts do not match.
 
And the following error (with OPC YES):
 
I 19:56:32 ImgBurn Version 2.5.8.0 started!
I 19:56:32 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Edition (6.1, Build 7601 : Service Pack 1)
I 19:56:32 Total Physical Memory: 7,827,332 KiB - Available: 5,316,196 KiB
I 19:56:32 Initialising SPTI...
I 19:56:32 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices...
I 19:56:32 -> Drive 1 - Info: ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.03 (D:) (SATA)
I 19:56:32 Found 1 BD-RE XL!
I 20:06:45 Operation Started!
I 20:06:45 Building Image Tree...
I 20:06:45 Calculating Totals...
I 20:06:45 Preparing Image...
I 20:06:46 Contents: 3 Files, 3 Folders
I 20:06:46 Content Type: Data
I 20:06:46 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 20:06:46 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 20:06:46 Volume Label: [Not Configured]
I 20:06:46 Size: 18,257,107,256 bytes
I 20:06:46 Sectors: 8,914,605
I 20:06:46 Image Size: 18,258,001,920 bytes
I 20:06:46 Image Sectors: 8,915,040
I 20:06:46 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 20:07:23 Operation Started!
I 20:07:23 Building Image Tree...
I 20:07:23 Calculating Totals...
I 20:07:23 Preparing Image...
I 20:07:23 Contents: 26 Files, 4 Folders
I 20:07:23 Content Type: Data
I 20:07:23 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 20:07:23 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 20:07:23 Volume Label: [Not Configured]
I 20:07:23 Size: 24,679,340,485 bytes
I 20:07:23 Sectors: 12,050,462
I 20:07:23 Image Size: 24,680,333,312 bytes
I 20:07:23 Image Sectors: 12,050,944
I 20:07:23 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:00
I 20:14:12 Operation Started!
I 20:14:12 Building Image Tree...
I 20:14:16 Calculating Totals...
I 20:14:16 Preparing Image...
I 20:14:16 Contents: 26 Files, 4 Folders
I 20:14:16 Content Type: Data
I 20:14:16 Data Type: MODE1/2048
I 20:14:16 File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 20:14:16 Volume Label: Partiton-Backups
I 20:14:16 Size: 24,679,340,485 bytes
I 20:14:16 Sectors: 12,050,462
I 20:14:16 Image Size: 24,680,333,312 bytes
I 20:14:16 Image Sectors: 12,050,944
I 20:14:19 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:00:07
I 20:14:19 Operation Started!
I 20:14:19 Source File: -==/\/[bUILD IMAGE]\/\==-
I 20:14:19 Source File Sectors: 12,050,944 (MODE1/2048)
I 20:14:19 Source File Size: 24,680,333,312 bytes
I 20:14:19 Source File Volume Identifier: Partiton-Backups
I 20:14:19 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 4CCCA1C600B7E19E
I 20:14:19 Source File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.8.0
I 20:14:19 Source File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 20:14:19 Source File File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 20:14:19 Destination Device: [0:0:0] ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.03 (D:) (SATA)
I 20:14:19 Destination Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: RITEK-BR3-000)
I 20:14:19 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 12x
I 20:14:19 Destination Media Sectors: 12,219,392
I 20:14:19 Write Mode: BD
I 20:14:19 Write Type: DAO
I 20:14:19 Write Speed: MAX
I 20:14:19 Hardware Defect Management Active: No
I 20:14:19 BD-R Verify Not Required: Yes
I 20:14:19 Link Size: Auto
I 20:14:19 Lock Volume: Yes
I 20:14:19 Test Mode: No
I 20:14:19 OPC: Yes
I 20:14:19 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 20:14:21 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 53,952 KB/s (12x)
I 20:14:45 Filling Buffer... (80 MiB)
I 20:14:46 Writing LeadIn...
W 20:14:55 Failed to Write Sectors 0 - 31 - Reason: Write Error
W 20:14:55 Retrying (1 of 20)...
I 20:15:00 Writing LeadIn...
I 20:15:03 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 12050943)
I 20:15:03 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 12050943)
I 20:26:21 Synchronising Cache...
I 20:26:23 Closing Track...
I 20:26:24 Finalising Disc...
I 20:26:36 Exporting Graph Data...
I 20:26:36 Graph Data File: C:\Users\Rana\AppData\Roaming\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\ASUS_BW-16D1HT_3.03_TUESDAY-JUNE-12-2018_8-14_PM_RITEK-BR3-000_MAX.ibg
I 20:26:37 Export Successfully Completed!
I 20:26:37 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:12:17
I 20:26:37 Average Write Rate: 35,548 KiB/s (8.1x) - Maximum Write Rate: 52,848 KiB/s (12.0x)
I 20:26:37 Cycling Tray before Verify...
W 20:26:45 Waiting for device to become ready...
I 20:28:36 Device Ready!
I 20:28:38 Operation Started!
I 20:28:38 Source Device: [0:0:0] ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.03 (D:) (SATA)
I 20:28:38 Source Media Type: BD-R (Disc ID: RITEK-BR3-000)
I 20:28:38 Source Media Supported Read Speeds: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 12x
I 20:28:38 Source Media Supported Write Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 12x
I 20:28:38 Source Media Sectors: 12,050,944
I 20:28:38 Source Media Size: 24,680,333,312 bytes
I 20:28:38 Image File: -==/\/[bUILD IMAGE]\/\==-
I 20:28:38 Image File Sectors: 12,050,944 (MODE1/2048)
I 20:28:38 Image File Size: 24,680,333,312 bytes
I 20:28:38 Image File Volume Identifier: Partiton-Backups
I 20:28:38 Image File Volume Set Identifier: 4CCCA1C600B7E19E
I 20:28:38 Image File Application Identifier: ImgBurn v2.5.8.0
I 20:28:38 Image File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn
I 20:28:38 Image File File System(s): UDF (2.50)
I 20:28:38 Read Speed (Data/Audio): MAX / MAX
I 20:28:39 Read Speed - Effective: 5x - 12x
I 20:28:39 Verifying Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 12050943)
I 20:28:39 Verifying Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 12050943)
W 20:29:16 Failed to Read Sectors 301344 - 301375 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:29:19 Failed to Read Sector 301344 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:29:19 Sector 301344 maps to File: \08-June-2018-Ubuntu-Pen-Drive-Clonezilla-Image\sdb5.ext4-ptcl-img.bz2.aa
W 20:29:33 Retrying (1)...
W 20:29:37 Retry Failed - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:29:41 Failed to Read Sector 301344 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:29:41 Sector 301344 maps to File: \08-June-2018-Ubuntu-Pen-Drive-Clonezilla-Image\sdb5.ext4-ptcl-img.bz2.aa
W 20:29:47 Failed to Read Sector 301345 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:29:47 Sector 301345 maps to File: \08-June-2018-Ubuntu-Pen-Drive-Clonezilla-Image\sdb5.ext4-ptcl-img.bz2.aa
W 20:29:57 Failed to Read Sector 301346 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:29:57 Sector 301346 maps to File: \08-June-2018-Ubuntu-Pen-Drive-Clonezilla-Image\sdb5.ext4-ptcl-img.bz2.aa
W 20:30:06 Failed to Read Sector 301347 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:30:06 Sector 301347 maps to File: \08-June-2018-Ubuntu-Pen-Drive-Clonezilla-Image\sdb5.ext4-ptcl-img.bz2.aa
W 20:30:12 Failed to Read Sector 301348 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
W 20:30:12 Sector 301348 maps to File: \08-June-2018-Ubuntu-Pen-Drive-Clonezilla-Image\sdb5.ext4-ptcl-img.bz2.aa
E 20:30:13 Failed to Read Sector 301348 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error
E 20:30:13 Sector 301348 maps to File: \08-June-2018-Ubuntu-Pen-Drive-Clonezilla-Image\sdb5.ext4-ptcl-img.bz2.aa
E 20:30:13 Failed to Verify Sectors!
I 20:30:14 Exporting Graph Data...
I 20:30:14 Graph Data File: C:\Users\Rana\AppData\Roaming\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\ASUS_BW-16D1HT_3.03_TUESDAY-JUNE-12-2018_8-14_PM_RITEK-BR3-000_MAX.ibg
I 20:30:14 Export Successfully Completed!
E 20:30:14 Operation Failed! - Duration: 00:01:35
I 20:30:14 Average Verify Rate: 6,411 KiB/s (1.5x) - Maximum Verify Rate: 23,481 KiB/s (5.3x)
----------------------------
 
Do I need to throw the drive (Burning DVDs properly)? Any help will be highly appreciated.
Thanks

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Were you able to burn these Ritek discs before successfully under firmware revision 3.03?  Or did you just recently update the firmware and it stopped working?  If the latter is the case, there's probably a bug in the firmware for that media write strategy.  Wouldn't surprise me.  I had 2 of these drives in 2016 and they were terrible.  I sent the 2nd one back after it did the same thing as the first: destroy Ritek 8x rewritable DVD+RW and Verbatim 2x BD-RE.  I'd hope these firmware updates since 2016 would have improved this drive by now.

 

 

I wouldn't necessarily throw the drive away off the bat.  First I'd try some better BD-R like Verbatim.  If you got the same write failures on better quality media, then I'd suspect the drive or the firmware is the problem.

 

 

I threw my first one of these drives away only because I couldn't return it.  I'd taken off the bar code from the box for a refund so I couldn't return it.  The 2nd one I got to see if I had just gotten a bad unit, but it was just as bad.  So, I was able to return that one.  I'd have hoped firmware revisions might improve the performance of this drive by now.

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Your drive is just reporting a 'Write Error', so it seems unable to burn the disc.

 

Try slowing the write speed down a bit if 'MAX' (12x) isn't working.

 

If that doesn't work and different discs don't work, you may have to buy yourself another drive.

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Yep ISF God, I was able to burn these disks when my drive was new (Old firmware july 2017)...terrible ASUS support....they just don't reply to your emails....they don't repair it & even don't have any idea about the problem...they simply change the drive if under warranty (my is just 10 days out of warranty  >:p ) ....1 year is pretty less.....their cse are literally illiterate....they even don't understand HTL disks....lost good money to drive & blank media spindle.

 

Yep LIGHTNING UK, I have tried 6x disk @ 4x....same result: W 22:54:10 Failed to Write Sectors 0 - 31 - Reason: Write Error

W 22:54:10 Retrying (1 of 20)...error always appears & the disk never verifies...
 
Thanks to both Admin & ISF God for quick & precise reply.
 
Just want to know: Which blank media is most suitable for this drive? (So that I can conclude it's failure) & Any suggestion to new reliable BD writer which will last for 2 years at least (with the current one, I was able to burn 4 BD-R & ~5 DVD-R...was just kept idle for 8-9 months...LG SH*T REPACKED BY ASUS).
 
Thanks once again!

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I only ever use Verbatim BD-R.  They're blue text on a white background labeled.  They're rated at 6x, but can be written much higher with some drives, like mine.

 

 

Ritek media can be kind of iffy.  I'd see if the better quality Verbatim still causes issues with your drive.  Like LUK said, if these better discs still cause you problems, then the solution is most likely a new drive.

 

 

I only use Pioneer's BDR-209M BD burner.  I've been using it for like over 5 years now.  I had one that was still working after 2 years and only replaced it because the early runs of that model had an issue where pressing the Eject button didn't always work the first time after a few months.  Pressing it a 2nd time would always work.  And using Eject commands always worked.

 

 

There's a newer Pioneer Ultra HD BD burner, but I've never tried it.

 

 

I believe I used Verbatim BD-R with an ASUS drive before without issue.  I ended up returning that ASUS drive, though.  The newest ASUS model on its initial firmware had a big deal killer: it destroyed rewritable media Ritek 8x DVD+RW and Verbatim BD-RE!  :o

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Thanks Beta Team Members

 

I will try to burn verbatim 6x at 4x.Yep I have heard about pioneer being best in BD & LIteon has good reputation in DVD drives but these are not available in India (delhi/NCR region).

                                        An year ago urgently i needed a drive  ......surprised to know that the sellers in my area only heard names of LG & ASUS drives in Blue-Ray.

 

Lured by the low cost of  LG & ASUS drives .....now I am paying the price.

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Yeah, the last LG model was a real mess.  Just fine for single layer BD media, but absolutely terrible at writing DL BD media.  9 times out of 10, it fails Verify.  If you formatted a Verbatim BD-RE DL as a giant floppy, the data written to the 2nd layer is always corrupt.  I have the current Ultra HD LG model, but I only use it because I needed something that reads and write Ritek 6x DVD-RW.  The LG BD model is the only BD drive that will do this.  I don't really feel like putting this model through a bunch of tests on BD-RE DL media when I know, for sure, the Pioneer BDR-209M will handle them just fine.

 

 

The first ASUS I had was a USB model that passed every test I threw at it.  So, I had high hopes for their latest internal model.  Thus, I bought it and immediately regretted it.

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