Building a hot system. Need to be able to burn to two DVD writers at same time. Need direction.

Posted on 2006-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I am building a hot system, but fairly green about some parts.

I want to have two DVD Writers to be able to burn two disks at once.

For that I bought two new NEC ND 3550a

They are on separate IDE channels off MOB.

They are both set for master as I was told that was way to do it.

I am using SATA drives so won't be using one of the IDE ports.

PROBLEM: No matter what configuration I try, I get same problem. One will be DVD writer and the other is just a reader…

I also have two Sony DVD writers and no matter what configuration between four of them I get same problem.

One will be DVD writer and the other is just a reader…

OS is: Windows XP Pro

Be kind…grin…Mike

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Question by:cahoonm
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    What writing software are you using?   You need to use software that supports multiple burners at once -- for example both Nero and Roxio will do that.   They do require that you burn at the same speed on both burners.   ... and you have to be burning the same thing.

    ... I'm not aware of any package that will let you burn two DIFFERENT things to separate burners at the same time.

    ... also, if you're trying to just use XP's built-in burning capability, it will only allow that on ONE drive, which has to be specified in the drive's properties.   NOT one-at-a-time, but only one drive => once you designate which one, that's the only one that will work with the internal burning feature (and it will only work with CDs - not DVDs).

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    Okay so if I use Nero or Roxio, that software will allow me to burn to the two burners, at same time, burning the same thing?

    WINXP will not.

    This is an issue concerning third party software/drivers, not hardware then?

    I know you were pretty clear I just want to know I understood..grin

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    Yes, that's correct.
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    ... I often burn two DVDs at the same time with Nero.   Works like a charm :-)

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    I am thankful it is such an easy solution. I own Roxio 8 and disliked the way it was in my startup, etc. I understand it is the best way to go. Is Nero less intrusive?

    This is my system..

    DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI Expert
    AMD FX60 Toledo
    2GB (2x1 Gb ) Corsair XMS PC3200
    eVGA GeForce 7900 GT 256MB PCIe x16
    SATA WD2500KS & SATA WD3200KS
    (2x) NEC 3550a Dual Layer
    Antec Smartpower 2.0 500w
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    I think they're similar.  Roxio should be fine -- you don't have to let it put anything in the startup (I don't).   And it's very simple to burn top multiple drives -- you just check the one(s) you want when you start the burn.   I've only got two writers installed, but I believe it supports up to four.

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    Thanks you were a big help. Mike

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