When you think of CD-R hardware, Teac is probably not the first name that comes to mind. Instead, the big names that adopted CD-R from the beginning pop up, namely the likes of Sony or Yamaha. If anything, the Teac name is more synonymous with the ubiquitous floppy drive. Nevertheless, Teac is a storage technology giant, and the CD-R market is one of the more markets that they have more recently tapped into. While researching and shopping for a CD-R drive, I settled on their 6x24 drive, also known as the CDR-56S.
The Teac 6x24 is a SCSI-2 device, so a SCSI adapter that supports SCSI-2 of some kind is obviously necessary. With the separate process of installing and configuring a SCSI adapter out of the way, installing the 6x24 drive is a typical SCSI device installation. That said, you should have at least a rudimentary knowledge of SCSI and how it works to install the drive. Aside from the typical task of connecting power, SCSI, and CD-ROM audio cables, the only other things you need to worry about are termination and ID number in your SCSI chain. Teac provides a brief explanation of termination in the manual (which is just a pamphlet) that will help novices. Termination is by default on, but if you would like to terminate the chain at the 6x24, you will need a spare jumper. Teac also prints out the necessary chart that identifies the positions that you should put a jumper on to set different SCSI ID numbers. After that, your SCSI adapter should have no problem detecting the drive when it runs through the SCSI connections at bootup.
The nice thing about CD-R drives is that installation is basically done at this point. By merely connecting the drive, you have a CD-ROM drive. The ability to record CDs is dependent on your recording software’s drivers. Overall, installation was not a problem with the 6x24, just as it should be.