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DVD drive slow to write to data DVD+RW

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I have an internal I/O Magic 4x DVD drive.  I have not had any problems burning to DVD's using DVD creation software, nor have I found any problem when burning to CD's (audio or data).  However, I recently purchased some DVD+RW's and found that it has trouble burning data.  (Using DVD creation software is fine also with these DVD+RW's.)

It appears to format ok, and when I drag-drop files into the drive it works ok for the first couple of minutes.  Then it slows down... It never actually stops, but slows to the point of taking about 5 to 10 minutes per file.  Most of the time the light on the drive stays a steady green (indicating no activity), and then when the file finally writes it will flash red for a second or two and then another 5 to 10 minute wait ensues.  It appears I also need to wait the same amount of time even to right click on the drive icon, or select "properties" from the menu when it finally arrives.

I am using Pinnacle's InstantCD+DVD that came with the drive, and I've recently upgraded it to the most recent version, but both versions exhibit the same behavior.

I'll appreciate any tips on what is going on! I suspect it is the operating system, as I've had issues with this drive (and all other cd drives) auto-detecting disk changes (namely, it does NOT auto-detect disk changes, and I need to disable/enable the drive from the device manager whenever I want the system to recognize the new disk).


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As a quick fix attempt, try uninstalling the drivers in device manager and reinstalling them.  You should try that drive in another machine, to verify whether the drive is on its last legs.
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Uninstalling/reinstalling from device manager, or enable/disable from device manager has no effect on the problem.  It'll take me a little time to try the drive in another comp.

However, I have  discovered a workaround that makes my issue less critical.  InstantCD+DVD has a mode to create data disk by first creating an ISO image of the data you have selected and then stream burning to the disk.  This works perfectly!  One of the main things I had planned for my DVD+RW's was to create backups of data from my hard-drive, as I have many web sites, databases, and personal images stored there that I do not want to lose.  So the ISO image method is probably the most efficient for me anyway!

Still... I'd like the drive and software to work as advertised, so I remain interested in a solution to my problems.

Thanks!
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by:Callandor
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You may also want to try a different packet-writing software, like Nero 6.
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Make sure you have plenty of RAM and plenty of  free hard drive space if you're going to burn large files.  I've also found that some of the value PC's with Intel 845GL chipsets or Celeron processors don't do this sort of thng well.
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Yes, please close this issue.  Given the workaround I found, I do not have the time to experiment further with it.  I'll live with it until I get a new computer and drive.
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