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CD-RW problems - help for a novice please!

Discussion in 'CD-R(W) Media' started by wads, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. wads

    wads Member

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    Hi,

    Sorry if these are really basic/stupid questions, but please bear with me as I'm a novice when it comes to burning CDs.

    I have a CD Re-writer drive - the info on it is:
    IDE-CD R/RW 4x4x24
    Write Speed : 4x600kb/sec
    Read Speed : 24x3600 kb/sec
    Firmware Rev: 1.08
    Address : 1:1:0

    I don't burn many CDs, but when I have in the past (using Roxio DirecCD) everything was working fine until I recently bought some new blank CD-RW discs (Packard Bell CD-RW 12x Speed 700mb capacity).

    Now, on the CD Info page, it says
    . I tried putting a previously burnt CD-RW disc which says 4x guaranteed 650mb/74 mins and it read it ok. When I tried to re-format it, instead of taking the usual 50 odd minutes, it took over [bold]8 hours![/bold] although it eventually worked and I could drag files from my C: drive onto the CD.

    So here are my questions:
    1. Why are the 12x speed CDs incompatible? I asked when I bought the discs whether they would work with my drive and was told that they would write at 4x speed - it just means that, depending on the drive, it can write up to 12x speed if you have the capability. Is that true? Would it work if I bought CD-RW 4x discs?

    2. Why did it suddenly take more than 8 hours to format a disc it had successfully previously burnt? Does that mean there’s something wrong with the hardware?

    Any help/explanation would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in anticipation.
     
  2. Jeanc1

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    The CD writer you have on your PC is able to burn at 4X -- irregardless of the media being at 12X RATED -- it will burn at its maximum speed of 4X.
    You can always get an exchange for that media 12X -- try a different brand -- older drives were critical as to what you fed them ~~ smiles.
    Your drive must be an older model for it to have such slow burning speed ! As to the formatting that you did and took 8 hours -- that is a bit long , i would say.
    But if that CD-RW was nearly full , it could very well be the time it takes on a slow drive mounted on a slow PC.

    Edited for typos.
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  3. Jeanc1

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    Wrong button -- Sorry !
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  4. wads

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    Thanks for the reply.

    The drive is about 4 years old - is that old?! From what you're saying it should be able to burn a 12X disc. Is there any firmware update I could apply to sort it out or do you think I should just try buying some 4x discs instead? It just seems odd that I can't use the 12X discs when, in theory, I should be able to...
     
  5. Jeanc1

    Jeanc1 Guest

    4 years could be considered as OLD ! A lot as happen in those 4 years in developping burners that are efficient and more tolerable to media.

    Roxio DirectCd is not the fastest software -- It may be worth something if you were to UNINSTALL first Roxio and then get Nero 6 Ultra on a FREE trial basis including the INCd part , that is the equivalent of DirectCd.

    As for newer firmware for your drive -- you would have to look at the manufacturer's website under Support --Downloads. You didnt specify the Brand name and Model number of your 4 years old drive.


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  6. wads

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    Ok, stupid question coming up...
    How do I find out the Brand name and model nbr of my CD re-write drive?
     
  7. Jeanc1

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    ~~ Usually in Device Manager , this piece of hardware is listed under its name and model number .(CD-Rom Drive)

    ~~ am not familiar with Roxio burning software , but maybe there is a place where it regognizes your Drive and shows the model number.

    ~~ Last resort would be to look at the drive itself , there must be a sticker on it.

    Nero has a tool that will post the description of the drive. There are various Cd-Rom checking or PC info program that will also bring out that information.

    PCWizard 2004 is one. At:- http://www.cpuid.com/pcw.php
     
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    I haven't used CDRWs in so long because CDRs are so cheap these days, so bear with me if I'm not 100% correct. Why are you using DirectCD? Formatting a disc using DirectCD used to take forever because it formats it in such a way that allows you to use it like a super floppy disk so you can write and delete files from it easily without having to activate a burn program. Why don't you just to a quick erase/format and just burn your data onto the disc like a normal person? ;)
     
  9. jonjakjam

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    A quick format would be your best option with DirectCD, it takes about 15secs and works just as good as a full format =)
     

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