Overview of LiteOn/Sony DVD-Writers

This page contains an overview of the myriad of LiteOn DVD burners and their rebadges. The following is a list of the various drive generations, the LiteOn drives that were created during each generation, and the various rebadges of those drives.

Flashing within the same drive type: Firmwares can be exchanged with other drives of the same type (defined here as a group consisting of a particular model and its rebadges) without the need for any firmware modifications or special crossflashing procedures (though you may need to use FlashFix if you want to use an official flasher; most unofficial flashers, such as all of the ones found on this site, are already FlashFixed). For example, if you want to flash a GIGABYTE GO-W0804A with the firmware for a LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-851S, you can do so because they are both listed under "LDW-851S" and are thus the same type.

Flashing within the same generation: Firmwares can be exchanged with other drives of the same generation, but you must follow the necessary procedure for crossflashing! For example, if you want to flash a LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-451S with the firmware for a LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-832S, you can do so because they both fall under the "2nd Generation Standard" category, but because they are not of the same type, you will have to follow the procedure outlined here.

Flashing between generations: This will not work. Attempting to do so may kill your drive.

Note: Sony DRU-5x0A/UL drives are not made by LiteOn and are thus not listed on this page.

1st Generation Standard (1S-v1)

LDW-401S (4x+R, 4x+RW)
LITE-ON DVD+RW LDW-401S   Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-1S40            Firmwares:, official, dhc014
LDW-411S (4x+R, 4x+RW, 4x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-411S    Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-1S41            Firmwares:, official, dhc014
FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW4J       Firmwares:, official, dhc014
LDW-811S (8x+R, 4x+RW, 4x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-811S    Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-1S81            Firmwares:, official, dhc014
FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW8J       Firmwares:, official
Imation IMWDVRW8I         Firmwares:
Memorex DVDUR/RW 8412AJ   Firmwares:, official, dhc014
TEAC DV-W58G              Firmwares:, official, dhc014

2nd Generation Standard (1S-v2/2S)

LDW-451S (4x+R, 4x+RW, 4x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-451S    Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-1S45            Firmwares:, official, dhc014
FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW4J1      Firmwares:, official
LDW-851S (8x+R, 4x+RW, 4x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-851S    Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-1S85            
GIGABYTE GO-W0804A        Firmwares:, official
WAITEC ACTION8/1          Firmwares:, official, dhc014
SOHW-812S (8x+R, 4x+RW, 8x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-812S   Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
LITE-ON DVD+RW SOHW-802S  Firmwares:
DVDRW DRW-2S81            Firmwares:, official, dhc014
SONY DVD RW DW-U18A       Firmwares:, dhc014
FREECOM_ DVD+/-RW8J1      Firmwares:, official, dhc014
GIGABYTE GO-W0808A        Firmwares:, official, dhc014
HIVISION DRW2S81          Firmwares:, official, dhc014
Memorex DVD+/-RW True8XI  Firmwares:, official, dhc014
TEAC DV-W58G-A            Firmwares:, official, dhc014
SOHW-832S (8x+R, 4x+RW, 2.4x+R9, 8x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-832S   Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
LITE-ON DVD+RW SOHW-822S  Firmwares:
DVDRW DRW-2S83            Firmwares:, dhc014
SONY DVD RW DRU-700A      Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
SONY DVD RW DW-D18A       Firmwares:, dhc014
HP DVD Writer 530r        Firmwares:, dhc014
PHILIPS ED8DVDRW          Firmwares:

3rd Generation Standard (3S-v1)

SOHW-1213S (12x+R, 4x+RW, 8x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1213S  Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-3S121           Firmwares: official
SONY DVD RW DW-U20A       
HIVISION DRW3S121         Firmwares:, official, dhc014
IOMEGA DVDRW12448IND-B    Firmwares: dhc014
TDK DVDRW1280B            Firmwares:, dhc014
TEAC DV-W512G             Firmwares:, official, dhc014
SOHW-1613S (16x+R, 4x+RW, 8x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1613S  Firmwares:, official, dhc014
DVDRW DRW-3S161           
SONY DVD RW DW-U21A       Firmwares:
SOHW-1633S (16x+R, 4x+RW, 2.4x+R9, 8x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S  Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-3S163           Firmwares:, official
SONY DVD RW DRU-710A      Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
SONY DVD RW DW-D22A       Firmwares:, dhc014
GIGABYTE GO-W1608A        Firmwares:, official, dhc014
HIVISION DRW3S163         Firmwares: official
HP DVD Writer 630r        
Imation IMWDVRW16E        Firmwares:
Imation IMWDVRW16LI       
Memorex DVD+/-DLRWL1 F16  Firmwares:, official, unscrambled BWSB/BWSE
PHILIPS ED16DVDR          Firmwares:
TEAC DV-W516G             Firmwares:, official, dhc014
WAITEC ACTION16/1         Firmwares:, official
SOHW-1653S (16x+R, 4x+RW, 4x+R9, 12x-R, 4x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1653S  Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-3S165           Firmwares:, official
SONY DVD RW DW-D23A       Firmwares:
TDK DVDRW1612DLB          Firmwares:, dhc014
TEAC DV-W516GA            Firmwares:, official, dhc014

4th Generation Standard (3S-v2)

SOHW-1673S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 4x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1673S  Firmwares:, official, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-3S167           Firmwares:, official
SONY DVD RW DRU-720A      Firmwares:, official, codeguys
SONY DVD RW DW-D26A       Firmwares:
GIGABYTE GO-W1616A        Firmwares:, official
HP DVD Writer 635d        
IMATION IMWDVRW16DLE      Firmwares:
IMATION IMWDVRW16DLI      Firmwares:
Memorex DVD16+/-DL4RWlD2  Firmwares:, official
TEAC DV-W516GB            Firmwares:, official
WAITEC ACTION164/1        Firmwares:, official
SOHW-1693S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 4x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9)
LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1693S  Firmwares:, official, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-3S169           
SONY DVD RW DRU-800A      Firmwares:, official, codeguys
SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A       Firmwares:

5th Generation Standard (5S)

SHW-1635S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 8x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9)
LITE-ON DVDRW SHW-1635S   Firmwares:, official, codeguys
DVDRW DRW-5S163           
SONY DVD RW DW-Q30A       
GIGABYTE GO-W1623A        
SHW-16H5S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 8x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9)
LITE-ON DVDRW SHW-16H5S   Firmwares: official
DVDRW DRW-5S16H           
SONY DVD RW DW-Q31A       

6th Generation Standard (6S)

SHW-160P6S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 8x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9)
LITE-ON DVDRW SHW-160P6S   Firmwares: official
SHW-160H6S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 8x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9, LS)
LITE-ON DVDRW SHW-160H6S   Firmwares: official
SHM-165P6S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 8x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9, 5x-RAM)
LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165P6S   Firmwares: official
SHM-165H6S (16x+R, 8x+RW, 8x+R9, 16x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9, 5x-RAM, LS)
LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165H6S   Firmwares: official

1st Generation Slimtype (Slim-1S)

SDW-421S (4x+R, 2.4x+RW)
Slimtype DVD+RW SDW-421S  Firmwares:
SDW-431S (4x+R, 2.4x+RW, 2x-R, 2x-RW)
Slimtype DVDRW SDW-431S   Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys

2nd Generation Slimtype (Slim-2S)

SOSW-852S (8x+R, 4x+RW, 2.4x+R9, 4x-R, 4x-RW)
Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S  Firmwares:, official, dhc014, codeguys
SONY DVD RW DW-D56A       Firmwares:, codeguys
SONY DVD+-RW DW-D56A      Firmwares:, codeguys
SOSW-862S (?) (8x+R, 4x+RW, 2.4x+R9)
Slimtype DVD+RW SOSW-862S 
SONY DVD+RW DW-R56A       Firmwares:, codeguys

3rd Generation Slimtype (Slim-3S)

SOSW-813S (?) (8x+R, 8x+RW, 4x+R9, 8x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9)
Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-813S  
SONY DVD RW DW-Q58A       Firmwares:
SOSW-833S (8x+R, 8x+RW, 4x+R9, 8x-R, 6x-RW, 4x-R9)
Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-833S  Firmwares:
SONY DVD RW DW-Q60A       

If you have any additions for this list, please let us know, preferably by sending us a copy of the firmware, if possible.

Thanks to chok0 for his help with this page.

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