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External Blu-ray Writer
: The laser used in the External Blu-ray Writer can damage your eyes.
Do not attempt to open the cover.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the cover (or back).
There are no user-serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
Use of controls or performance of procedures other than those
specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure.
: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this appliance
to rain or moisture
Industry Canada requirement
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
: 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 in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance
with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an Authorized Service Center for help.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
• This External Blu-ray Writer is for use only with UL listed personal computers that
have installation instructions detailing user-installation of card cage accessory.
This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
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AVOID EXPOSURE TO THE BEAM.
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Microsoft® and Windows® are trademarks registered in the United States and other
countries by the Microsoft Corporation.
DVD Logo is a trademark of DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corp., registered in U.S.,
Japan and other countries.
BD Logo is a trademark registered in U.S., Japan and other countries.
The company names and product names written in this manual are trademarks or
registered trademarks of the respective companies.
EU Conformity Notice
LG Electronics hereby declares that this/these product(s) is/are in
compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant
provisions of Directive 2004/108/EC, 2006/95/EC, and 2009/125/EC.
European representative :
LG Electronics Inc. - EU Representative
Krijgsman 1, 1186 DM Amstelveen
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
System requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Important precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Location and function of controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Hardware Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Removing the USB converter cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Loading and ejecting a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Playing a music CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
A. External Blu-ray Writer
B. USB 3.0 converter cable
C. AC Power Adapter
D. Software CD
Thank you for purchasing the LG External Drive.
• Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 & 3.0 interface
• Buffer Under Run error protection technology
• Emergency eject support
• Bear media loading with power eject.
• CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/+R/RW/+/-R DL, DVD-RAM, BD-R(SL/DL/XL (3 Layer)/
XL (4 Layer))/ RE(SL/DL/XL (3 Layer)), BD-R (SL LTH) read and write compatible,
CD Family, DVD-ROM and BD-ROM read compatible.
• Supports region playback control Phase II.
To achieve maximum Record & Write speed your system may require data to be
copied first to the computer’s hard drive rather than directly from another source
disc or drive.
System meeting the following requirements is needed in order to use USB 2.0
operation with this drive.
Computer that is equipped with a USB 2.0 – compliant USB connector or PCI
adapter card, and on which the USB 2.0 EHCI (Enhanced Host Controller
Interface) driver software
has been installed.
The USB 2.0 EHCI driver software is supplied with currently available PCI
adapter cards that conform to USB 2.0. Further, Microsoft has released the USB
2.0 EHCI driver software for Windows, therefore it is also possible to use this driver
software with Windows.
If you want to know in detail, please contact your USB 2.0 adapter dealer or consult
your PC manufacturer, or consult the Microsoft Corporation Web site.
Certain software (i.e. particularly those including Video playback) may
require a considerably increased specification PC to give acceptable results. While
this Blu-ray Writer can read DVD-video or BD-MV(BD-ROM) discs, decoding them
to display on your pc’s monitor requires separate MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 decoding
that is done by separate hardware (either an MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 decoder card
or MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 decoding done by your video card), or separate software
that you install to do MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 decoding. For further details, refer to
the documentation that comes with MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 software.
This unit can be operated in the system environment explained here.
* Compatibility problem in write/read function may occur with media depending on the media
* There may be some cases when motion picture playback is not smooth depending on bit rate.
* Please visit http://www.m-disc.com to learn more about the M-DISC
Playing Blu-ray Movies *NOTICE*
Due to copyright protection features, certain requirements must be met in order to playback BD
movies on a computer. When using digital video connections, the monitor and graphics card must
support High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). Note that most monitors and graphics
cards currently don’t support HDCP. But, most High Definition TVs and multimedia monitors do
support HDCP. Refer to the PC or graphic card maker’s web site to see if your card supports HDCP.
Some video cards that currently support HDCP:
- Blu-ray Disc playback: Intel G45, ATI Radeon HD 2400, NVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or above
- 3D playback: Intel G45, ATI Radeon HD 2400, NVIDIA Geforce 8800GT or above
*When using ATI Radeon
HD 1000 Series Graphic Card, some BLURAY movie title can not be
played on Windows7 normally. It caused by giving up supporting the device driver of this Graphic
Card by ATI Radeon
For more information, Please contact to customer service center or website of ATI Radeon
Graphic card driver shall meet AACS compliance criteria. Please consult your graphics card vendor
for proper driver solution.
HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection): Required to view pre-recoded Blu-ray Discs
which are copy protected.
• CPU : Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz), AMD Phenom 9450
(2.10 GHz) or above.
• O/S : Windows 7, Vista, XP SP3.
• RAM : 2 GB or more
• HDD : Needed free space for Blu-ray Disc authoring (BD-R SL/DL: 60 GB,
BD-R/RE XL (3 Layer): 100 GB, BD-R XL (4 Layer): 128 GB)
USB 2.0 or 3.0
BD-R XL (3 Layer)/ XL (4 Layer)
BD-R SL LTH
: Taiyo Yuden.
: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim, Sony.
BD-RE DL/XL (3 Layer)
:Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.
: JVC, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.
: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.
: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.
: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.
M-Disc (DVD+R SL)
: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden.
: LG, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.
DVI or HDMI
Compliant DVI or HDMI Compliant
Follow these precautions when handling the drive or discs.
Please note that the manufacturer of this equipment does not offer any warranty
against data loss due to inappropriate installation, handling, direct or indirect
damages. Please note that the manufacturer will bear no responsibility for direct
or indirect damages (including lost data)caused by the use of this product or its
Please backup(copy) all important data as protection against data loss.
Avoid placing the drive in a location subject to:
- high humidity
- high temperature
- excessive dust
- mechanical vibration
- direct sunlight
Don’t move the drive suddenly from a cold place to warm one.
Condensation may cause abnormal operation.
Make sure to remove the disc before moving the drive to prevent the possible
damage to the disc.
Prevent foreign objects, such as liquids or metal, from entering the drive and in
the case a foreign object enters the drive, please consult the dealer where the
drive was purchased.
Don’t interrupt the electric power while the drive is operating.
While drive is operating, don’t move the drive or give a shock to the drive, since it
can cause damages to the disc.
Please pay attention to handling Electrostatic Sensitive Devices, you may use
anti-static products such as wrist straps, heel straps, mats to protect your body
Don’t plug in or remove the AC adapter using wet hands.
Don’t damage the AC adapter by scratching, modifying, or bending its prongs.
Use only supplied AC adapter. Don’t disassemble the AC adapter.
“Use only power supplies listed in the user instructions” or “For applicable power
supplies see user instructions”.
- Model name: WA-36A12
- Manufacturer: Asian Power devices Inc.
- Rating: 36 W (3.0 A, 12 Vdc)
Operation through a USB hub cannot be guaranteed.
When connecting with USB1.1 interface, picture and sound may be disrupted
while watching DVD/BD Video due to lack of data transfer speed.
For smoother playback of DVD/BDs, high-speed USB 2.0 or 3.0 should be used.
Location and function of controls
This following is the general figure of the design of the drive. The drive’s
appearance and specifications may change without prior notice.
1. Disc Tray
2. Emergency Eject Hole
3. Drive activity indicator
The LED used to indicate the operation of External Blu-ray Writer.
4. Open/Close button
5. USB Connector
This connector is used to connect to the USB converter cable.
6. Power Switch
Use this switch to turn the drive on and off.
7. Power Connector
This connector is used to connect to the AC Power adapter cord.
• The appliance is not intended for use by young children or infirm persons without
• Young Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not play with
• If the appliance is supplied from a cord extension set or an electrical portable outlet
device, the cord extension set on electrical portable outlet device must be posi-
tioned so that it is not subject to splashing or ingress of moisture.
• Make sure you have a personal
computer with an open USB port before
connecting the drive to your computer.
• Power for all device should be turn off
before attaching the cables.
Connect the drive to the computer as
shown in figure.
1. Connect the USB converter cable to
the External Drive.
2. Connect the other end of the USB
converter cable to your computer.
3. Connect the AC adapter plug to the
power connector at the rear of the
Attach the AC adapter to the AC wall
4. Make sure the power switch is turned on.
When the computer is ready, confirm
that the drive is detected. And then,
insert the supplied software CD into
the External Drive and install the
• Please do not connect the AC adapter and USB 3.0 converter cable by any means
other than specified above.
• For optimal performance, using the ‘USB Booster Program’ in the Software CD is
recommended when you connect the USB cable.
Connecting to computer
To AC wall
USB 3.0 Converter
Removing the USB converter cable
The drive supports the plug and play(not swap) function of Windows, and
can be removed and inserted by performing the following operation.
1. Stop the application software being currently used.
2. Click the icon “ ” of the taskbar located on your screen’s bottom right
3. Click “Safely Remove USB Mass Storage Device-Drive[x:]”.
4. Click “Ok” and then remove the USB converter cable.
Don’t remove the USB converter cable when the busy indicator on the drive
blinks, or during computer startup.
Loading and ejecting a disc
Remember - AC adapter must be connected.
Make sure the power is turned on.
Loading a disc
1. Touch the Eject Button to open the Disc tray.
2. Load a disc. (Label facing up.)
3. Close the Disc tray.
Ejecting a disc
1. Touch the Open/Close Button to open the Disc tray.
2. Removing the disc.
3. Close the Disc tray after removing the disc.
This drive has a feature that allows the CD to be ejected manually in case of
a drive failure or a power outage.
Don’t use this feature
in an emergency.
1) Turn the power switch OFF.
2) Poke a fine-tipped object (such as a straightened heavy duty paper clip)
into the small hole above the eject button. The front door will pop open
and the disk tray will come partway out.
3) Pull the front door to open it all the way, then grip the disc tray between
thumb and forefinger and gently pull it straight out.
* If you cannot get a good grip on the disc tray with your fingers, use a steel
binder clip or spring clamp to pull it out.
Use this feature for an
emergency purpose only.
Using it excessively will cause
Playing a music CD
Listening to sound
When connected to a computer, you can play audio CD’s through your
computer’s audio system after setting Digital Audio mode.
Check your Windows or “Windows Media Player” manual for detail.
• DVD video region code:
Each region around the world has a different region number on the DVD
video movies being sold in a region.
The region code can be changed to other regions up to 5 times by using
the software decoder.
If you change the region code 5 times, the drive will lock onto the last (5th
change) region code, and cannot change the drive to another region code.
This limitation is a requirement as licensees of DVD drive technology.
• When connecting with USB1.1 interface, due to it’s slow transfer rate,
picture and sound may be disrupted when trying to view a DVD/BD
If you are experiencing problems with the drive, verify the following items.
Since the problem may be caused by a device other than the drive, check
other things such as system settings or other software being used, etc.
If you cannot resolve the problem after verifying these items, contact your
dealer or our customer service department.
Drive cannot play a
DVD, CD or BD in
the drive or certain
types of discs cannot
be read in the drive.
Disc tray cannot be
Drive is not detected
by the system.
Drive will not play
media or certain
types of CD, DVD or
1. The disc is not inserted
2. The disc is dirty.
3. The pick-up lens is dirty.
4. The disc is scratched or
5. The disc uses a region
code that cannot be
played on the drive.
1. AC Plug is not connected
to AC outlet.
2. Power Switch is not
1. The USB 3.0 converter
cable is not properly
1. The disc doesn’t match
your system. Is the media
disc the correct format for
the type of system that
you are using.
2. Virus possibility.
1. Reinsert the disc
2. Clean the disc surface.
3. Clean the pick-up lens.
4. Change the disc.
5. Refer to your system
manual for help.
1. Connect the AC plug
2. Turn the Power Switch on
and try again.
1.Make sure USB 3.0 converter
cable is connected properly
and re-install the device
1. Check the disc format.
2. Has the Windows DVD-ROM
software driver program
been corrupted by a virus?
Run a Virus Scan program
and repair if possible.
USB 2.0 & 3.0
160 x 50 x 222 (mm)
About 1.05 Kg
BD-ROM (SL/DL) USB 3.0
12x/ 8x max.
2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x,12x, 14x
2x, 4x, 6x
2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x
2x, 4x, 6x
BD-R XL (3 Layer)
2x, 4x, 6x
BD-R XL (4 Layer)
2x, 4x, 6x
BD-R (SL LTH)
2x, 4x, 6x
8x/ 6x max.
BD-RE XL (3 Layer)
16x/ 12x max.
2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x/ 2x, 4x, 8x
16x/ 12x max.
1x, 2x, 4x, 6x
2x, 3x, 5x
2.4x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x/ 2.4x 4x, 8x
16x/ 12x max.
2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x
8x, 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x, 48x
4x, 10x, 16x, 24x
BD-ROM: 54 MB/s (12x max.)
DVD-ROM: 22.16 MB/s (16x max.)
CD-ROM: 7.2 MB/s (48x max.)
BD-ROM:180 ms (Typical)
DVD-ROM: 160 ms (Typical)
DVD-RAM: 180 ms (Typical)
CD-ROM: 150 ms (Typical)
100,000 Power On Hours
Temperature: 5 °C to 40 °C
Humidity: 15 % to 80 %
When not operating
Temperature: -30 °C to 60 °C
Humidity: 10 % to 90 %
DC 12 V
Data transfer rate
The disc of the cartridge type is not supported.
BD-RE: The disc of version 1.0 is not supported.
There might be some cases when this drive can not satisfy the best performance depending on the conditions
of the disc, the drive, and the recording format.
- The maximum data transfer rate varies according to the performance capabilities of the PC.
- For the sake of periodic improvements, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.
- We have taken all possible measures to assure the quality of our products, but we cannot be responsible for
the consequences if defect occurs.
BD-ROM (SL/DL), BD-R (SL/DL), BD-R LTH, BD-RE
(SL/DL), DVD-ROM (SL/DL), DVD-R (SL/DL), DVD-
RW, DVD-RAM, M-DISC (DVD+R SL), DVD+R
(SL/DL), DVD+RW, CD-ROM Mode-1, Mode-2 data
disc, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, Photo-CD Multi-Session,
Video CD, CD-Audio Disc, Mixed mode CD-ROM disc
(data and audio), CD-Extra, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW
The disc rotates at high speed in the drive unit.
Use of worn, damaged, or non-standard discs can
adversely affect the drive and cause the disc to
shatter or crush while in use.
Disc crush can only occur when you use a damaged
disc in the drive. It is an extremely rare occurrence,
but there are steps which can be taken to prevent it.
Always check your discs before inserting them
into the drive.
1. Take care not to use worn, cracked, damaged,
warped or poor quality discs, as this may
cause damage to your drive.
2. Check the clear plastic on the center of the
disc, cracks here are the main cause of disc
3. Do not play discs which are a non-standard
(I.e. non-circular)shape, such as heart shaped
discs, or discs in the shape of a business
How can you keep your discs from becoming
1. When not in use, remove discs from the drive.
2. Keep discs in the packaging supplied with
them and out of direct sunlight and away from
Excessive vibration or a sudden jolt to the drive
during operation may cause a malfunction.
Avoid exposing the drive to sudden changes in
temperature as it may cause condensation to collect
inside the drive.
Copyright © 2012
Made by LG Electronics.
Please visit www.lgservice.com and install the automatic firmware
download program, “LG ODD Online F/W update.” This program
will automatically check for new firmware releases and download
them. It is also included on the software discs that accompany our