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ThinkPad Blu-ray Burner Ultrabay Slim 9.5mm Drive II (SATA) - Overview

Blu-ray Burner Ultrabay Slim Drive II - SATA (43N3230)

Features and specifications

The ThinkPad Blu-ray Burner Ultrabay Slim 9.5mm Drive II - SATA (43N3230):

  • Stores up to 25 GB of data on a Blu-ray Single Layer disc and up to 50 GB of data on a Blu-ray Double Layer disc.
  • Enables playback of high-definition Blu-ray movie content.
  • Supports read/write compatibility with multiple CD, DVD, and Blu-ray standard formats including CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, BD-R/BD-RE Single Layer, and BD-R/BD-RE Double Layer media.
  • Provides 8 MB buffer underrun protection for reliable media recording.
  • Reads or writes data with speedy maximum data transfer rates of:
    • 16x maximum (writing to CD-R)
    • 10x maximum (writing to CD-RW)
    • 8X maximum (write to DVD-R)
    • 4X maximum (write to DVD-RW)
    • 8X maximum (write to DVD+R)
    • 4X maximum (write to DVD+RW)
    • 5X maximum (write to DVD-RAM)
    • 2X maximum (write to BD-R/RE SL)
    • 1X maximum (write to BD-R/RE DL)
    • 8X maximum (read CD-ROM)
    • 24X maximum (read DVD-ROM)
  • Includes the following software package:
    • Ulead DVD Movie Factory recording, editing, and authoring software1 for capturing, editing, and creating your own videos and burning software for recording to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray supported media.
    • WinDVD software for playback of high-definition Blu-ray and standard definition video files and movies.
  • Maximum data transfer rates:
    • Write speeds2:
      • CD-R media - 16X CLV (2.46 MB/Sec)
      • CD-RW media - 4X CLV (0.61 MB/Sec)
      • High-speed CD-RW media - 10X CLV (1.50 MB/Sec)
      • DVD-R media - 8X CAV (11.08 MB/Sec)
      • DVD+R media - 8X CAV (11.08 MB/Sec)
      • DVD-RW media - 4X CLV (5.54 MB/Sec)
      • DVD+RW media - 4X CLV (5.54 MB/Sec)
      • DVD-RAM media - 5X PCAV (6.93 MB/Sec)
      • BD-R(E) SL - 2X CLV (9 MB/Sec)
      • BD-R(E) DL - 1X CLV (4.5 MB/Sec)
    • Read speeds2:
      • CD-ROM - 24X CAV (3.6 MB/Sec)
      • DVD-ROM - 8X CAV (11.08 MB/Sec)
      • BD-R(E) (SL/DL) - 2X CLV (9 MB/Sec)
      • BD-ROM (SL/DL) - 2X CLV (9 MB/Sec)
    • Average access times:
      • CD-ROM: 150 ms (typical)
      • DVD-ROM: 180 ms (typical)
      • BD-ROM: 300 ms (typical)
  • Bevel on the bottom edge of the black bezel
  • Physical specifications:
    • Approximate height: 9.5 mm (0.374 in)
    • Approximate width: 128 mm (5.0 in)
    • Approximate length: 129 mm (5.09 in)
    • Approximate weight: 155 g (0.32 lb)

1: Some software may differ from its retail version (if available), and may not include user manuals or all program functionality. Software license agreements may apply.
2: CD and DVD drives list maximum rates. Rates are variable and are often less than the maximum possible.



1 year – Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU)

  • Announce date: 23 Jun 2009 (Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa)
  • Availability date: 26 Jun 2009 (Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa)
  • Announce date: 02 Mar 2010 (Canada, Latin America, United States)
  • Availability date: 02 Mar 2010 (Canada, Latin America, United States)
  • Effective withdrawal date: April 2011


Hardware compatibility
Machine Type - Models
ThinkPad T400, T400s, T410, T410s
ThinkPad T500
ThinkPad W500
ThinkPad X200, X201, X200s, X201s, X220t, X200 Tablet, X201t, X201 Tablet via the ThinkPad X200 UltraBase
ThinkPad X220, X220t, X220 Tablet via ThinkPad Ultrabase Series 3


Blu-ray, CD, and DVD format compatibility
  • BD-ROM(1.0)
  • BD-R(1.0)
  • BD-RE(2.0)
  • DVD-R V1.0 (3.9 GB) and V2.0 (for Authoring, 4.7 GB)
  • DVD+R
  • DVD+RW
  • DVD+R Double Layer (read only)
  • DVD-R Dual Layer (read only)
  • DVD-RW V1.1 (4.7 GB)
  • CD-RW
  • CD-R
  • CD-ROM
  • Photo CD multisession
  • Video CD
  • CD-Extra
  • Hybrid SACD

Note: Some software configurations may not be compatible with all media. Also, some DVD+R and DVD+RW media brands may not be compatible.


Media compatibility

To learn what media is compatible with this product, please view Information about CD and DVD media types for more details.

: CD and DVD drive formats are located on the product and should be matched with the description(s) on the Information about CD and DVD media type document.

Software requirements
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Windows Vista


  • ThinkPad Blu-ray Burner Ultrabay Slim Drive II (Serial ATA)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety information book on CD
  • Super CD containing User's Guide, WinDVD, and Ulead DVD Movie Factory applications


Agency approvals

Additional product information
Publications - Instruction manuals for your product
Service parts - Parts listing for your product
Lenovo Support: Notebook Optical (CD, DVD, Multi-Burner, Blu-ray) Drives - Reference Guide - A list of other DVD, Multi-Burner, Blu-Ray internal or USB-attach external drives.
Personal Systems Reference (PSREF) - Comprehensive information on the features and technical specifications of Lenovo products.

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