LiteOn iHAS324

The iHAS324 features impressive specifications including 24x burn speeds to compatible DVD+/-R media and, perhaps even more impressively, 12x write speeds when dealing with DVD+/-R dual layer media. But is it really as fast as LiteOn claims?

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LiteOn iHAS324
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  June 8, 2009

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Key Specs

Buffer size: 2MB
Interface: SATA
Price: $24
Read speed: 16x DVD
Rewrite speed: 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD-RW

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The iHAS324 is one of LiteOn’s newest optical drives and features impressive specifications including 24x burn speeds to compatible DVD+/-R media and, perhaps even more impressively, 12x write speeds when dealing with DVD+/-R dual layer media. But is it really as fast as LiteOn claims?

Unfortunately when it came to testing, the LiteOn didn’t get to flex its 24x muscles in terms of write speed; it took almost exactly the same time to complete a 4.7Gbyte burn as a 16x drive. This is purely because we were unable to get hold of media rated higher than 16x. We tried several different brands and sadly each of them failed to allow the LiteOn to reach its full potential. The same held true when it came to dual layer media.

The iHAS324 also boasts ‘Smart-Erase’ technology and this allows you to securely erase a disc, so that data that used to reside on the disc cannot be retrieved even when using recovery software. The technology works by writing junk data to the disc thus completely overwriting the older information.

To test this, we simply erased a disc normally first and then used Smart-Erase. With the normal method, recovery software was able to recover bits of data but when we used Smart-Erase, the software was unable to find any of the data previously residing on the disc. If you frequently handle sensitive data then and want a secure way to erase it, the iHAS324 is just the drive for the job.

Verdict: A super fast optical drive that will get even faster when the right media becomes available.

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