Targus USB 2.0 DVD-CD-ROM Slim External Drive User Manual

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USB 2.0



External Drive

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Thank you for purchasing the Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive that allows you to read audio and data CDs, read data DVDs and playback DVD movies. After installing the Targus drive, you can use it at any time by connecting the supplied Universal Serial Bus (USB)Y-cableto your computer’s USB ports.

This user’s guide describes how to connect and operate the Targus drive. In addition to this user’s guide, this package contains:

Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive

USB Y-cable

System Requirements

To use the Targus drive, your computer must meet the following hardware requirements and run one of the operating systems listed below.


PC with an Intel® Pentium® processor or equivalent and a hard disk drive

64 MB RAM or higher, depending on the operating system

Two (2) USB 1.1 or 2.0 interface ports

NOTES: When connected to USB version 1.1 ports, the drive’s performance level will be less than optimal. For best results, connect the driver to USB version 2.0 ports.


Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive

The Targus drive receives its power from your computer’s USB ports. You must have a minimum of two USB ports to use the drive, they must be in full compliance with the USB specifications and supply a minimum of 5V/500mA of power.

This drive will read DVD-ROMsas delivered, but in order to play DVD movies, you must have movie playback software (not included) installed on your system

Operating System

• Windows® Me/2000/XP

Connecting the Drive and Installing the


NOTES: Installing the Targus drive may change internal drive letter assignments. You can connect the Targus drive to your computer via a hub or port replicator as long as the device has its own AC power adapter.

The Y-cablethat connects the Targus drive to your computer has two USB type A connector ends, one single and one with a USBpass-through.

The connector with the USB pass-throughsupports upand downstream data flow between your computer and supported devices connected to thepass-throughconnector and provides power to the drive. The single connector supports upand downstream data flow between the drive and your computer and also provides power to the drive.

CAUTIONS: Avoid connecting a high power device, such as a printer or scanner, to your computer via the Y-cable’spass-throughend as the device may not work properly and/or cause the Targus drive to stop working temporarily. For best results, connect only low power devices, such as a mouse or keyboard, to the passthrough end.

If using a hub or port replicator, the USB ports on the device must provide at least 500 mA, per port, for the Targus drive to work properly. Also, for best results, turn off any high power devices on the hub or port replicator while using the drive.


Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive

NOTE: Not all USB hubs and port replicators will support the use of this drive with the Y-cable.If your hub or port replicator does not allow the drive to function, the drive will need to be attached directly to the USB ports on your computer.

When the USB type A connectors are used together, the Y-cableprovides enough power to run the Targus drive, eliminating the need for an AC power adapter.

1 Using the supplied Y-cable,connect the USB type A connector with the USBpass-throughinto a USB port on your computer.

USB passthrough

Type A

Type B

Y-cablewith USB type A and B connector ends


2 Connect the single USB type A connector into another USB port on your computer for additional power to the drive.

3 Connect the cable’s USB type B connector (the single end) into the Targus drive.

Your computer’s operating system automatically detects the new hardware and begins installing the appropriate default drivers.

4 Follow the on-screeninstructions to complete the driver installation.

You can now begin using the drive.


Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive

Using the Drive

Inserting and Removing a Disc

CAUTION: Avoid touching the readable (plain) side(s) of a disc. Touching the readable side of the disc may cause read errors, poor performance or failed operation.

1 Turn on your computer and press the drive’s eject button to open the tray.

2 To insert a disc, hold it by the edges and place it in the tray with the readable (plain) side down.

3 Close the media tray by gently pushing it until it clicks into place.

USB 2.0 cable port Audio out jack

Media tray

Indicator light Eject button

Emergency eject hole

Targus drive

To remove a disc, grasp it by the edges and gently pull up until the disc is released.


Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive

Removing a Disc Using the Emergency Eject Feature

CAUTION: Use the emergency eject mechanism only if the Targus drive is not connected to your computer or if the computer’s battery is flat and there is no power available for the eject button. Excessive use of the emergency eject mechanism may damage it and cause the mechanism to stop working.

To manually remove a disc when there is no power to your computer:

1 Gently insert a slim, straight object, such as a straightened paper clip, into the emergency eject hole until you feel some resistance.

2 Remove the paper clip.

3 Carefully open the tray by hand.

Hot Swapping

You can connect and disconnect the Targus drive while the computer is running. When connecting the Targus drive, first connect the Type A connectors of the Y-cableand then connect the Type B.

When disconnecting, remove the Type B connector from the drive first.

Playing Audio CDs

To play audio CDs, use the Windows Media™ Player included in your computer’s operating system.

The Targus drive supports digital audio extraction (DAE) for audio CD playback. This allows you to listen to audio CDs via your computer’s built-inaudio system without connecting external devices, such as headphones or speakers. To use this method, the digital audio feature in Windows Media Player must be enabled.

You can also listen to audio CDs by connecting headphones or external speakers to the audio out jack on the Targus drive. However, you must disable the digital audio feature in Windows Media Player, otherwise you will continue to hear audio through your computer.

To enable or disable the digital audio feature, refer to the Windows® operating system manual that came with your computer or select the Help option in Windows Media Player.


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Reading Data DVDs

You can read data DVDs without installing any special software.

Playing DVD Movies

To playback movies, you must have a DVD player application set up under the Windows® operating system (programs not included).

Things to Remember

Operating Hints

Never press the eject button while the Targus drive is accessing a disc.

The Targus drive operates in either an upright or horizontal position. To prevent possible damage, avoid changing the drive’s position while it is in use.

Avoid using or storing the Targus drive in extreme temperatures. The environmental specifications while operating are 50-113degrees F(10-45degrees C).

After transporting the Targus drive, allow it to reach room temperature before using it.


Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive

CAUTION: Changes in temperature during transport, particularly from a cool to a warmer temperature, can cause condensation to form in the drive and may result in operating problems. Allowing the drive to reach room temperature helps to prevent this.

Avoid using the Targus drive in dusty or humid surroundings.

A short delay is normal before the Targus drive reads an audio CD, CD-ROM,DVD orDVD-ROM.

WARNING: Never clean the Targus drive with a commercially available CD or CDROM cleaning set as doing so may cause damage to the drive.

Safety Measures

Any attempt to disassemble, adjust or repair the Targus drive may result in exposure to laser light or other safety hazards.

This is a Class 1 Laser Product. This product complies with all applicable safety standards, DHHS Rules 21 CFR Chapter 1, Sub chapter J. The laser beam generated is totally enclosed during all modes of normal operation, and no hazardous laser light is emitted from the drive.


Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive




6.1 inches (15.5 cm)




5.6 inches (14.2 cm)




0.75 inches (1.9 cm)



14.6 ounces (414 g)

Computer connection

USB 1.1 or 2.0




(use USB 2.0 for best DVD playback







DC 5V± 5%


Access Time



180 ms (average)




220 ms (random)

Data Buffer



512 kB




128 kB

Maximum Speed



24x CD speed (3,600 KB/s)




8x DVD speed (8,112 KB/s)

Supported Disc Sizes

8 cm (3.15 inches) and 12 cm (4.72 inches)

Media Formats

The Targus drive reads formats according to the


following CD (compact disc) and DVD (digital


versatile disc) standards:

Audio CDs


CDI, CDI-Ready,CD-Midi,CD-R,CD-RW,CD Plus






Enhanced CD


Kodak Photo CDs (singleand multi-session)

Mixed Mode CDs

MS-DOS®operating system data CDs (High Sierra, Mode 1 & Mode 2 complying with ISO 9660)

UDF (Universal Disc Format)

Video CDs


Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-ROMSlim External Drive

Storage Capacity

See table below:









DVD-ROMtype description





Capacity according to the manufacturer

4.7 GB

8.5 GB

9.4 GB

17 GB

Actual capacity


4.38 GB

7.96 GB

8.75 GB 15.92 GB

Written sides






Layers per side (referring to the





information-carryinglayer of the disc)






To view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and download driver updates, visit our Web site at: http://www.targus.com/support.asp

Solving General Problems

If the Targus drive is not functioning:

Verify that your system meets the hardware requirements. See “System Requirements” on page 1.

Check that the drive is receiving power by making sure the drive indicator light is glowing green.

Make sure that the cable is firmly attached to the drive and that both ends of the Y-cableare fully inserted into available USB ports on your computer.

If there is no sound when using the Targus drive, check that:

The disc you are using is an audio disc or supplies audio output.

The headphones/speakers are correctly connected.

The cable is in good condition.

The volume is turned up.

The audio software is installed.