SONY XDCAM optical drive (?)

Peter Van Hove Peter at
Wed Oct 17 06:02:52 PDT 2007

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* "Peter Van Hove" <Peter at>
Dear Brian,
I don't own such a device, which makes it harder to address any issues.
I have been working this issue via an owner in Australia, but that person is 
not an expert on the backend stuff (at all).
As far as I understand this device is BD only internally.
I have uploaded a few interesting things that the owner sent me after I 
asked several questions:
Among the data is a BUSTrace log of the Inquiry command (and even 
screenshots of it for those not owning a BUSTrace copy).
Best Regards,
Peter Van Hove, CEO Smart Projects
CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD Data recovery
Peter at
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian A. Berg" <bberg at>
To: <Peter at>
Cc: <t10 at>; <mtfuji5 at>
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: SONY XDCAM optical drive (?)
> Peter,
> Could you send along the 36 Inquiry command data bytes so that it's
> clear re: this device's PDT, Product ID, etc.?  Also, does the device
> possibly have the capability of multiple personalities, e.g., both HDD
> and optical, which could be hard- and/or soft-switchable?
> Thanks.
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>> Hi,
>> I came accross the SONY XDCAM which is supposed to be a BD drive but I
>> have troubles supporting it correctly.
>> Reasons are, it does not say it's an optical drive (Inquiry) and once
>> worked around that it does not return 'expected' data on normal commands
>> sent to optical drives (e.g. Read Disc Info, Mode Sense etc.) (e.g. Read
>> Disc Information says the disc is blank while it is not).
>> Does anybody know more about this ?
>> Is this not supposed to be a 'normal' optical drive ?  Is it a special
>> drive supporting only a subset of commands ? Or is it maybe the driver
>> that masks things ?
>> Best Regards,
>> Peter
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Peter Van Hove, CEO Smart Projects
>> CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD Data recovery
>> Peter at
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