Product Features

  • 32x MAX in CD-ROM Mode
  • 6,760 KB/s max Sustained Transfer Rate
  • 105ms Random Seek Time DVD
  • 256KB Data Buffer
  • SCSI Interface
  • Tray-type, automatic load / release.
  • MTBF 100,000 power on hours.
  • Sealed Enclosure
  • Emergency eject
  • Horizontal & Vertical mounting
  • *In vertical mount, only DVDs and 12cm CD-ROMs are applicable.
  • All industry standards have been taken into account in the development of the SD-M1201 incl.:
    CD: CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-ROM XA, CD-TEXT, CD-I Bridge (Photo-CD, Video-CD), CD-I, CD+(E)G, CD MIDI, Multisession-CD (Photo-CD, CD-Extra), CD-R, CD-RW.
  • Photo CD is a Trademark of Eastman Kodak Company

Product info

The SD-M1201 5x DVD-ROM is our second DVD-ROM SCSI drive and undoubtedly the quickest SCSI DVD-ROM currently on the market, from Toshiba the world pioneers in SCSI DVD-ROM. As with all Toshiba SCSI drives its offers impressive reliability and performance. So if you want to upgrade your machine to take advantage of the possibilities offered by DVD, but keep the power and flexibility that SCSI offers, you can't get a better than the ULTRA SCSI SD-M1201.
  • Manual
    • Introduction
      Congratulations on the purchase of your Toshiba optical disc drive. Read carefully through this manual in order to install the drive and learn how to use it.
      This manual guides you gently through the process of setting up the drive and fitting the drive into your computer. But don’t worry! Take one step at a time and read each section all the way through before you start.

      This drive is a Laser Class 1 device. Disc access is carried out using a laser beam. The laser cannot present any risk whatsoever to the user. Any operation on the drive other than as defined in this user guide should not be attempted other than by an authorised Toshiba representative.
      Reflective objects should not be placed in the disc tray because of possible hazardous laser radiation exposure.


      This manual is copyright Toshiba Europe GmbH with all rights reserved. Under the copyright laws, this manual cannot be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of Toshiba. No patent liability is assumed, however, with respect to the use of the information contained herein.
      © 2000 Toshiba Europe GmbH

      This manual has been validated and reviewed for accuracy. The included sets of instructions and descriptions were accurate at the time of this manual’s production. However, succeeding disc drives and manuals are subject to change without notification. Therefore, Toshiba assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly from errors, omissions or discrepancies between the disc drive and the manual.
      Declaration of Conformity
      This Toshiba optical disc drive complies with Council Directive 89/336/EEC.

      Your Toshiba optical disc drive
      Your Toshiba drive is a SCSI device. SCSI (Small Computers Standard Interface) is a PC bus interface standard that defines standard physical and electrical connections for devices. SCSI provides a standard interface that enables many different kinds of devices, such as disk drives, magneto optical discs, CD-ROM drives, and tape drives to interface with the host computer.
      Controls and features

      1 'Busy' Light
      2 Eject Button
      3 Emergency Eject

      Busy light

      • flashes slowly when a disc is inserted, then;
      • goes out when the disc is located and the drive is ready to read data from the disc, or:
      • keeps flashing slowly when disc is dirty or damaged;
      • remains lit during data transfer.


      EJECT button

      For opening the disc tray.

      Emergency Eject

      Ifthe power supply to the drive fails, you can still remove the disc fromthe drive. Next to the Eject button on the front of the drive is asmall opening. Insert the Toshiba Emergency Eject Tool (or astraightened paper clip) into the opening and the tray will open.

      Installing your Toshiba Drive
      This section tells you how to install the drive in your computer, connect it and make the necessary settings. You will need a small cross-head screwdriver, a pair of tweezers and enough room to take the case off your computer. The procedures described in this section assume knowledge of computers and experience working with hardware.
      Read through this whole section before you make a start. Descriptions and illustrations are based on a typical tower computer. Your computer casing or layout may be different to this. Therefore refer to your computer’s user guide for details of fitting additional drives. Have the work done by a technician if you are unsure or if you do not have the necessary prerequisites!

      General remarks

      Before you start

      • Check that you have a SCSI interface card in your computer. If not you should contact your dealer and obtain one.
      • If you want to use DOS or Win 3.xx OS: Locate the original disks supplied with the SCSI interface card. You will need to load drivers from these disks when the CD-ROM drive is installed.
      Prepare the computer
      Note: Turn the computer off before you start to work. This will prevent the shocksensitive hard drive from being damaged by bumps or jolts while it is running.
      Remove the computer case
      Note: Turn the computer off before you start to work. This will prevent the shocksensitive hard drive from being damaged by bumps or jolts while it is running.

      Be sure the power cord is unplugged from the electrical outlet before you open the computer case! DANGER - Electrocutation

      • First unplug all cables from their sockets on the computer. Especially cables from devices which have their own power supply. This will prevent any damage or faults should a short circuit be accidentally caused while working.
      • Place the computer on a sturdy support, turn it around and look for the screws around the edge of the casing.
      • Open and remove the computer case as described in the computer manual.
        Every computer casing is different from every other, but the casing is usually attached to the frame by a number of screws at the back.
      • Put the screws somewhere safe and put the computer case safely out of your way so you have room to work.
      Find the installation location
      • Select an available drive bay on the computer front and remove the cover.
      The cover is usually clipped in place or attached with two screws.
      About jumpers
      Jumpers are plug-in bridges which are used to tell the computer how to communicate with the drive. This depends among other things on whether the drive is connected to the computer alone or together with a second drive. The drive has a block of jumpers which must be inserted correctly before you attach the drive to the computer. The jumpers are located at the back of the drive.

      Caution: The jumpers must be inserted only as per these instructions and only vertically.

      The horizontal jumpers installed in the factory are there only for purposes of shipping at the few points where this is harmless. Your drive can be damaged if you insert jumpers horizontally in other locations.
      Choose a SCSI address (ID)
      Various SCSI devices (e.g. Hard Disk Drives, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM etc.) can be connected at the same time. This requires however that each device has its own SCSI address (ID).

      Note: SCSI addresses are generally assigned sequentially, that is "0" for the first SCSI device (e.g. hard drive) and "1" for the second device (e.g. CD-ROM or DVD-ROM). Diagnostic programs are often included with SCSI interface cards which you can use to display the available SCSI addresses.

      • Choose a free SCSI address (ID).
      • Insert the jumpers (1,2,3) according to the SCSI addresses tables. Check the label on your drive to determine which table applies.

      Parity check
      The data flow can be continuously checked for integrity ("parity check"). This, however, reduces the reading speed and is only used on computers that support such a function.

      • Insert the jumper for "Parity check" (4) if you intend to use this function.

      1-3 SCSI ID jumpers
      4 "PRTY" (Parity)
      5 "TERM ON/OFF"
      6 "PRV/ALW" or "512/2k" (Function jumper)
      7 "TEST"
      8 "POWER SUPPLY"

      Function jumper
      If in your drive model this jumper is labeled "512/2K", you can change the data block size from 2kB to 512 bytes (e.g. for use in Unix systems).

      • Insert the jumper (6) for a data block size of 512 bytes.
      If in your drive model this jumper is labeled "PRV/ALW", you can block the drive’s EJECT button. The disc tray can then only be opened via software.

      • Insert the jumper (6) to block the EJECT button.
      If in your drive model this jumper is labeled "ONE LUN/TWO LUN", you can set the drive to the "One LUN Mode" or the
      "Two LUN Mode".
      For more information please refer to "One LUN/Dual LUN Mode" in the glossary section.

      • Insert the jumper (6) to set the drive to the "Two LUN Mode".
      Test jumper
      This jumper (7) is intended for service purposes only and has no function under normal conditions.
      The SCSI data cable behind the last connected device must be protected against noise caused by open cable ends. Active termination resistors (so-called "terminators") are provided in the drive for this purpose.

      • Insert the jumper for "Terminator" (5) but only if the drive is the last device on the SCSI data cable.
      • Always leave the jumpers in for the internal power supply of the terminators (8).
      Drive handling before installation
      • Always place the drive on a level surface. Otherwise the drive might slide and fall down.
      • Do not place the drive in direct sunlight.
      • Avoid low- and high-temperature environments.
      • Avoid high-humidity environments.
      Prepare connection cables

      Note: A proven method is to place the often short cables into the empty drive bay so that they can be easily connected when inserting the drive.

      • Place the 50-pole plug of the data cable of the SCSI interface card into the bay drive.
      - If another SCSI device (e.g. hard drive) is already connected to the data cable, you must first remove its terminators or switch them off but only if the new drive is the last device on the cable (see 'Terminators').
      • Find a free supply voltage cable on the power supply and place it into the drive bay (2). If there is no supply voltage cable available, consult your dealer or support service. You may need a 'power splitter lead' - a Y shaped cable which taps two power outputs from one input.
      • If your computer has a soundcard or if one is integrated in the motherboard, plug the sound cable supplied into the terminal provided for it on the sound card or motherboard. If no sound cable is supplied you will need to get one from your supplier. Each sound card requires a different sound cable so you will need to tell your supplier which sound card and what kind of Toshibal drive you have.
      Fit and connect the drive


      • Insert the drive from the front side of the computer into the empty drive bay.
      • Connect the 50-pole plug of the data cable into the socket (1) on the rear of the drive.
      One edge of the cable is marked with a stripe or coloured red. This connects to pole 1 of the plug and should be connected to pole 1 of the socket (1). Carefully push the connector into the socket, making sure it fits all the way in.

      • Connect the supply voltage cable to the drive’s DC input (2).
        The cable’s connector should only fit one way into the socket. One side of the connector has chamfered edges; make sure the connector fits into the socket the right way up. Carefully push the connector all the way in into the socket.
      • Connect the sound cable to the analogue audio connector (3). Also refer to the sound card’s instructions for details of any sound-driver software required.
      Note: The connectors are mechanically protected against improper connection. If you are using the original cables you cannot insert the connectors improperly.
      Fasten the drive
      Caution: Use only the screws provided or the usual PC case screws - never use longer screws! Otherwise the drive could be damaged.

      The drive must be installed horizontally or vertically only. Installing it in an angle can result in premature wear and faulty operation.

      • Gently push the drive into the bay until it is flush with the computer’s front panel.
      • Fasten the drive in the drive bay using all four screws.

      Note: Slight mechanical noise is unavoidable with mechanical drives. This noise, however, may increase over time and noise intensifying vibrations may occur of you do not use all four screws to mount the drive with.
      Complete the hardware installation
      Little things can often lead to undesirable results after installing the hardware.

      • Check all connectors for proper fit, not only on the drive you just fit.
        Connectors may have become lossened during installation, especially on the hard drive and plug-in cards.
      • Replace the computer’s case. Never leave out any screws! Otherwise you may loose shielding against outside noise.
      • Reconnect all cables. Otherwise error messages may appear because some devices are not responding.
      • Reconnect the power cord last and turn the computer on.
        The computer should now boot up again as normal. If not, ask your dealer for advice.
      System requirements for playing DVD movies with "Win DVD 3.x"
      • Windows 95/98/2000/NT4(SP4)/ME/XP
      • 350 MHz Intel MMX CPU
      • 450 MHz AMD CPU + "3DNow!"
      • AGP graphics card (PCI may perform up to 30% slower).
      • 32 Mb system memory.
      • 20 Mb available hard drive space
      Software installation
      Note: For software related questions please refer to the user manuals on the CD, if supplied with the drive.
      With most operating systems having a graphical user interface (GUI), e.g. WIN 9x, WIN NT, Windows 2000, the system automatically detects the new drive if the SCSI controller card is detected correctly. In this case your new drive is now ready to use.

      To run under DOS / WIN 3x or other operating systems, use the software supplied with you SCSI interface card for installing the drive.

      Note: The new drive is not actually functional until you have restarted your computer.

      System requirements for playing DVD movies with "Win DVD 4"
      • Intel CPU with 350 MHz and MMX, or AMD CPU with 450 MHz and "3Dnow!"
      • VGA graphics card with hardware overlay support
      • 32 MB system memory (64MB for Windows XP)
      • 20 MB available hard drive space
      • Microsoft DirectX 8.1 or greater
      • Audio subsystem that supports up to 48Khz (or greater) stereo playback.
      Using the drive
      Caution: Optical disc drives use lasers as sampling system. A laser beam is a very tightly bundled beam of light with high energy which can burn the eyes. This risk is greater since laser beams are often not recognized because they are invisible to the human eye. Therfore:

      • never remove covers (front panel, drive’s housing etc.), as long as the drive is connected.
      • never use a damaged drive (e.g. damaged front panel, disc tray, housing, etc.).
        When correctly installed and undamaged the drive is mechanically prevented from allowing laser light to escape. This hazard will result only from improper handling.

      • Do not move the drive/PC while the drive is in operation.
      • Do not attempt to open the disc tray by force while the drive is in operation. Make sure to close all involved Programs before attempting to open the tray. Always use the Open/Close button or the “Eject” command of your operating system/software if available.
      • Do not insert a pin into the emergency eject hole while the drive is in operation.
      Opening and closing the disc tray/inserting discs
      • Make sure that no drinks or other objects stand in front of the disc tray!
      • Press the Eject button to open the tray and insert/remove a disc.
        When inserting a disc, make sure the printed is up and that the CD is properly seated in the tray.
      • Close the tray by by pressing the Eject button again or by gently pushing the tray front.

      Note: The tray can also be opened by the computer (via On Screen operation).
      With most graphical operating systems (e.g. Windows), you can open the disc tray by clicking on the drive symbol with the right mouse-button, and choosing the "Eject"-command."

      If the tray sticks:

      • Open the tray by inserting a thin, dull object (e.g. a paperclip) into the Emergency Eject opening (next to the Eject button).


      • The tray also closes when you restart (or reset) the computer. Never insert discs only half-way. They could get stuck if the tray closes unexpectedly!
      • Opening the tray by hand (via the Emergency Eject opening) can lead to premature wear of the drive and should only be resorted to in emergency situations.

      How to handle your discs
      • Do not place a disc into direct sunlight
      • Do not attach self-adhesive labels to your disc
      • Only use special pens for writing on the surface of your disc
      • Do not drop your disc or place heavy objects on it
      • Do not touch the data surface of your disc; hold it by the edges
      • To clean a disc, wipe slightly from the inside straight to the outside using a special disc cleaning cloth
      Toshiba CD/DVD Drive Model Number Identification
      This shows how to identify the drive family of the recent Toshiba CD/DVD Drives:

      1. CD-ROM Drives

      xxx = Model number
      y = Interface type ("1" = SCSI, "2" = IDE)
      z = Destination market ("D" = Domestic, other possibilities are A, B or TA; no technical relevance)

      2. CD-Recorder

      x = Information on form factor ("C" = Slim-Line)
      yyy = Model number
      z = Interface type ("1" = SCSI, "2" = IDE)

      3. DVD Drives

      x = Information on form factor or drive family ("C" = Slim Line, "M" = Half-Height DVD-ROM, "W" = Half-Height DVD-RAM, "R" = Combo)
      yyy = Model number
      z = Interface type ("1" = SCSI, "2" = IDE)

      The following Examples show the different meanings of the single letters and numbers:

      Slim-Line CD-ROM drive with IDE interface.

      Half-Height CD-ROM drive with SCSI interface.

      Half-Height DVD-ROM drive with IDE interface.

      Half-Height DVD-RAM drive with IDE interface.

      Slim-Line DVD-ROM drive with IDE interface.

      Half-Height Combo drive with IDE interface.

      Slim-Line CD-Recorder with IDE interface.

      How to encode a Toshiba CD/DVD Drive Serial Number?

      The Toshiba serial number (S/N) includes details of the date of manufacture. The first digit of the serial number indicates the Year of manufacture and the 2nd digit indicates the Month.

      Y M x x x x x x x

      Y = Year
      M = Month

      The month digit goes from 1, for January, through to 9, for September, and then X, Y and Z, for October, November and December.

      8 2 1 7 0 0 0 1 A
      8 = 1998
      2 = February

      0 3 5 4 4 3 0 6 T
      0 = 2000
      3 = March

      9 X D 7 8 3 3 1 T
      9 = 1999
      X = October

      The remaining digits contain information about factory and production line, and some digits are reserved for a continuously running serial number.

      This section gives you support for the most common problems that might occur
      during installing and operating your drive.
      If a fault occurs, first check the points below before taking the drive for repair. If you are unable to remedy a problem by following these hints, consult your dealer or service organisation.

      Warning: Under no circumstances should you try to repair the drive yourself as it could invalidate the warranty.

      • This bullet style indicates a "problem"
      • This bullet style indicates a "possible cause"
      • This bullet style indicates a "solution"

      • The power to your drive is off
      • Ensure the power connector of your drive is properly plugged in.

      • Your drive is not recognized by the computer
      • Ensure all connectors of your drive are properly plugged in.

      • The disc tray of your drive ejects itself after inserting a disc
      • Ensure the medium is inserted correctly.

      • The drive’s Busy light flashes
      • The returning signal from the media is too weak.
      • Clean the medium carefully by using a soft cloth wiping from the center of the disc to the outside.
      • The lens of the drive may be dirty.

      • The Busy light of your drive remains lit.
      • Your drive is not able to recognize the medium.
      • Check the medium inserted and replace if necessary.

      • Medium is defective or it has an unsupported format.
      • Replace medium.

      • No sound out of your computer speakers
      • Volume is not adjusted.
      • Adjust volume.
      • Check sound cable connection.
      • Check the installation of the drivers of your sound card (depending on operating system)
      • Check the power supply to your speakers.

      • Your computer tries to boot up from your drive
      • The BIOS of your computer might be configured to use your drive as the first boot device.
      • Change this setting to use your hard disk drive C: for booting.

      • The recording process has been interrupted and the recording media is not usable anymore.
      • The data stream has been interrupted.
      • Before you start the recording process, please follow the instructions below:
        1. Make sure that the space available on your hard disk is large enough to handle temporary files.
        2. Do not copy directly from a network drive as the network might break down during the recording process. Copy all files to be recorded to your local hard disk drive instead.
        3. If you want to copy a disc directly, please clean both source and target media before starting the recording process.
        4. Do not record on an active multi-tasking environment.
        5. Do not allow any external access to your PC while recording.
        6. Use a standard IDE cable with a specified length (46 cm).
        7. Install only one recording software on your PC. Two different programs in parallel might interfere each other.
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