When I woke up this afternoon, I had a whole hour to myself.
So, I thought I'd try my hand with Mt. Rainier and cd-rw's.
I started with a full erase on the 24x cd-rw disc.
Using InCD 3.37 (Win98SE) I formated the disc in Mt. Rainier.
I was shocked how fast that was.
It was so fast, I didn't get a chance to time it the 1st time.
So I erased it and formated again.
This time I had my stop watch running.
It took a full 18 seconds
. From the time it started until the pop up window appeared.
18 Seconds! Wow!
Mt. Rainier does not format the whole writing surface of the disc as does Direct CD. That's why it's so fast formatting.
I then tried a 479mb bulk file transfer from a 7200rpm IBM to the 24x cd-rw. It took just over 5 minutes. What about quality?
I then tried the same procedure with a Verbatim 10x cd-rw.
Formatting was also 18 seconds. This time the same 479mb file transfer was just over 8 minutes. A little slower, but still ok. Quality was pretty much the same as the cd-rw 24x disc.
Remember, if you're transfering large 400mb files, why waste disc space & time by formatting with Mt. Rainier? Just use the whole cd-rw disc like you would use a cd-r disc!
If you're like me, you may keep a few formatted discs lying around. I use mine for the latest drivers & patches, but I also keep the last known good drivers on them in case the new ones don't work.
The largest files I tend to send to the InCD discs is around 75mb.
Overall, I'm impressed with it.
The downside: a 650mb disc formatted allowed a useable space of 503mb