Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The drive installed without a hitch inside my mid-tower case, and it's small enough that it should fit inside some micro ATX cases too. No drivers are required for the drive to function, although you'll need some software if you want to burn discs.
Asus includes a few different software programs with the DRW-24B3LT - Nero 9 Essentials, Asus E-Hammer, and Asus E-Green. Links are also provided to download firmware for the drive and to check out the quick start guide.
Nero 9 Essentials is a CD/DVD burning program that provides all the basic functions most users will need. From this start page you can choose to burn a data disc, music/video disc, copy a disc, create a Lightscribe label, and much more.
The cover designer lets you design custom covers for your CD and DVD cases. Templates for multi-box, slim packs, mini CDs, and biz cards are available too.
Asus' E-Hammer software is used for deleting the contents of a writable CD or DVD. “Easy delete” will erase most data from the disc and no optical drive will recognize it, but with the right software some data could possibly be recovered. For a permanent solution, choose “total delete”, which erases the data with no chance of recovery.
Conserving energy is popular these days, and Asus makes it easy to “Go Green” with this drive. Their E-Green software will automatically close drive applications while they're not in use and keep you informed of how much energy you're saving.