damon wrote:This message i get for both drives.
Sigh... it would have been nice if you had told us this earlier.
This applies to anyone seeking help: We can't read minds, and the more information you give us, the better. No need to make what is already a difficult process - debugging computer problems remotely - even more difficult by hiding or omitting vital tidbits of information. Tell us everything you know and let us decide whether or not it is relevant. Also, don't make us drag information out of you. Volunteer it up front, preferably when you make your first post. Tell us exactly what you are trying to do and how you are trying to do it, what software and versions of that software you are using, what settings you are using within that software, what make and model of drive you are using, etc.
There have been a couple of instances of this type of thing lately. I wasn't following it closely, but apparently there was another thread where someone was trying to figure out how to read a specially formatted disc on hardware that, it came out later, was already known to have other problems.
No hard feelings, Damon. I just had to get that off my chest. Now back to your issue.
If CDSpeed is saying that your drives are unable to report damaged sectors, then you likely can't use the full capabilities of the ScanDisc and CD Quality tests in CDSpeed. You can still get some information, because unreadable sectors can be detected (in the obvious manner) even on a drive that doesn't report damaged sectors. From what you describe, your DVD-ROM is a better choice for testing your CD's than your CD-RW drive. I wouldn't use the CD-RW at all for testing, and would use the DVD-ROM only with healthy skepticism of the test results and the realization that you aren't getting the whole, accurate picture with it.