Help, Please! Do you think I need a new CD-RW Drive? If so, which one?
Posted on 2003-03-25
Thank you all, in advance, for your assistance :) First let me say, I only have 50 points left to offer at the moment. I'd offer more if I could.
I think I may need a new CD-RW drive. But what do you all think?
I have an Iomega 12x10x32 CD-RW drive. I use the latest Roxio Easy CD Creator (6.0) software--mostly to drag-to-disc important files that I need to backup. In other words, using CD Creator I create a "data CD" disk, and I use it to drag-and-drop my important files.
My system is brand new. It's an Athlon XP+ 2200, 256 MB DDR RAM, 60 MB ATA-100 Hard Drive. I use Windows XP.
The Iomega CD-RW runs in the "slave" position to an Iomega Zip 100 drive (the Zip 100 drive operates perfectly), I transferred these two drives from my previous pc. It's important to note that I did experience this same problem in my old pc, and that my old pc used the same setup (my hard drive running off one IDE connection, and my ZIP 100 as a master, and my CD-RW as a slave).
Here's what's occurring. I can "read" well. However, I often can't "write" well. For days on end I can drag and drop my files with no trouble at all. Then, suddenly, when I go to drag and drop I will get a screen message "This CD is Read Only." Now, eventually (by re-formatting the disk, or by doing this or that--I can't seem to figure out the "pattern") I can once again drag-and-drop files. But then, inevitably, I will suddenly--without warning--receive the "This CD is Read Only." screen message.
This morning, for instance. Last night I was able to drag and drop. This morning I turned the PC on, and I receive the "This CD is Read Only" message. Some CD's seem to allow me to drag-and-drop data. Then they stop functioning. Then they seem to be unusable. I've tried re-formatting the media. Sometimes it seems to work (in other words, it allows me to re-use the disk). Other times not.
I use various CD-R and CD-RW media. I must tell you that I did just find a page at the Iomega website that lists "Tested/Approved Media," which I had not seen before. I have not been using the listed media. But I use good (Sony, Maxell 650 or 700 MB) media nonetheless. I can't believe that I'm having this much difficulty even though I don't use "TDK" or "Ricoh".
What could be wrong here? My CD-RW drive is supposed to be supported under Windows XP. Again, it works perfectly most of the time. But then there are "pockets" of difficulties during which I cannot write files to my disks at all.
Does this appear to you pros it's more than likely my CD-RW. I must admit, it's now about 2 1/2 years old. And it's my only CD in my system (both old and new).
If I do need a new CD-RW, are there any suggestions? I see a very good "cheap" BUSLINK CD-RW 52x24x52 at Best Buy. Does anyone know that name?
What about media? Are the types (brands) of media that important?
Finally, do other people out there experience problems with creating data disks and "dragging-and-dropping" onto them? I don't "burn" CD's much. I almost exclusively drag-and-drop.
Thank you for your help! :) This is so frustrating!