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Software to verify CD and DVD drive speeds?

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Is there any software that will verify various CD and DVD read, write and re-write speeds for me, because we have a lot of drives and I'd rather not simply burn and stopwatch them all?

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pyroman1 earned 125 total points
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Nero Infotool should give you the info you need.
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by:jdietrich
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Heere's a pretty good one:

CD Speed is a CD-ROM benchmark which can test the most important features of a CD-ROM drive.
Tests include:

Transfer rate
Seek times
CPU usage
Burst rate
DAE quality
Transfer rate
Spinup/spindown time
CD Speed 99 also has a function to check the CD media quality

http://www.cdspeed2000.com/

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by:Will Szymkowski
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Hello there,

You can also use aida32 app. This will give you info on your CD/DVD-ROM any everything else in your drive.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download181.html

Hope this helps
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by:garycase
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"... I'd rather not simply burn and stopwatch them all ..." ==> So benchmarks such as CD Speed aren't what you're looking for here.   ... and the trouble with system information tools such as Nero's Infotool or Everest Home Edition (http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html) -- which is, by the way, for Spec01's benefit a MUCH newer version of what was once called Aida32, and is also the last free version of Everest -- is that they report the "reported" capabilities of the optical drives; which don't always match actual performance.

The that actual read/write performance of optical drives is very much a combination of (a) proper hardware configuration (i.e. correctly installed and set for DMA transfers) and (b) dependent on the drive/media combination (newest firmware and media that is well-supported by the drive).   Even a good benchmark result with one media type doesn't mean you'll get anywhere near the same performance with a different brand of media.   (see my comments here:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21887044.html)

The bottom line:  If you don't want to use benchmarking software and the associated time for running the benchmarks, the best thing you can do is simply note the rated capabilities of the various drives and buy high quality media -- which will generally give you the best performance.   Any media rated as "professional grade" here (www.meritline.com) will work very well.  Personally, I only buy Taiyo-Yuden media (for both CD and DVD blanks).


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