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CD-R Help Needed

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by WERA49, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. WERA49

    WERA49

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    My Memorex 52 X 24 X 52 CD burner won't burn CD's. It will read anything. When I try to write, it doesn't recognize that a CD is inside. What should I do? This computer has now been rebuilt since this burner was installed. However, it had the same problem on the old version. It used to work, I don't know what changed.

    I need to back-up my hard drive. It's been a while and I'm getting nervous.

    Thanks guys,
     
  2. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

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  3. WERA49

    WERA49

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    Oops. :) I'm using Nero. It came with the burner.
     
  4. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    My Memorex 48x16x48 CD-RW burned out after less than 50 CD-R's

    Pieces of ****
     
  5. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    I have an identical pair of I/O Magic 48x16x48 CD-RW's that are sitting collecting dust since I bought a DVD burner. If you're interested in buying one, let me know.

    Also have an external USB2.0 enclosure that one of them came in if you'd want that too.
     
  6. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    Actually, I was wrong about the Memorex being a 48x16x48, it was a 52x24x52 like yours.
     
  7. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Bk2MiscResource Lifetime Member

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    The CDRW drive in my old box continually rendered the msg "drive not ready" and it could neither write nor sometimes even read the media, despite repeat attempts w/different CDRs/RWs. (Was out of town and had no access to all my usual piles of manuals and HW info which was at home.) Process of elimination problem hunting suggestions started w/check cable connections and ended up w/possiblity of IDE controller either 'bad' or 'going bad'.

    Here's where I got some info:
    http://www.lurkhere.com/forum600.html
    Conferences -> Hardware (archive)
    http://www.lurkhere.com/cgi-bin/forums/dcboard.cgi?az=list&forum=DCForumID12&archive=

    Addtl thread:
    and from other thread:
    Since the box has since had a lot of change-outs/upgrades, we never did end up having to 'solve' the problem of the misbehaving CDRW drive so I still don't know whether it was a failing drive or IDE controller/motherboard failure. But the above might give you some ideas re places/things to take a look at.
    m
     
  8. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    I had a Micro Advantage 52/24/52 CD-RW drive that quit writing, then it decided not to read most disks anymore, so I RMA'd it.

    I had a replacement drive (this one is a 52/32/52!) back in less than three weeks (thanks guys!) and it is flawless.

    If you have uninstalled Nero and the problem persists, your drive has had it. Replace it and all will be well.

    BTW, Sony, Lite-On and Pioneer, in that order, have worked best for me and seem to be the least error-prone drives currently available.

    Best regards,

    FastVFR
     
  9. WERA49

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    Thanks guys. I'm now in the market for a new CD burner. I'll probably buy one within the week.

    I'll write again to give you an update. It will be very nice to backup the hard drive. I'll keep those CD's in the safe.

    BTW, should I buy a DVD burner? I don't watch DVD's on the computer. I'm just curious. I know that DVD is much more efficient than a normal CD.
     
  10. saber41

    saber41 Guest

    I've been using a CD-RW, DVD-ROM, and DVD-RW drives from Lite-On, no problems with any of these.
    I've also had good luck with SONY drives.

    check out newegg to buy parts online.
    http://www.newegg.com/
     
  11. saber41

    saber41 Guest

    I'de say go for the DVD burner.
    The DVD will hold around 5x the data that a CD will.
    Also, you will still be able to burn CD-R and CD-RW with a DVD-RW.
    (just my $.02)
     
  12. WERA49

    WERA49

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    Saber41, thanks for the advice. I checked the sales ads in todays newspaper. DVD burner aren't that much more expensive than regular CD burners.

    My computer should be able to handle that. It is a Pentium 4, 2GHz. I'll write back in the near future. :)
     
  13. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    I bought a Mad Dog Dominator 6 in 1 dual DVD burner from office Max a while back, and it comes out to $50 after rebate. Its a rebadged NEC ND-2500a which is a kickass drive. It burns CD's ar 32x, but It will burn just as fast as all of the 48x drives I have previously used.

    With an updated firmware it allows me to burn Prodisc 4x DVD-R's at 8x, and I have yet to have a single bad disc or burn.

    http://www.supermediastore.com/prodisc-4x-dvd-r-silver-47gb.html

    Great discs, really!
     
  14. WERA49

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  15. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    You should find out if that drive can burn the 4x Prodiscs at 8x