Apparently timing CD-MRW formatting via Alejandra's procedure from
and your variation from
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 8109#48109
might not work now. Recall that Alejandra's post implied calling up Nero Medium Info after the InCD mounted message, whereas you started Nero before InCD formatting. I think I tried Alejandra's version, and it worked. Note that at the end of November, we were using Nero 18.104.22.168 and InCD 3.51.61.
Since you are busy with more important tasks, I put on your lab coat!
Here are the results of my latest experiment with Nero 22.214.171.124 and InCD 3.51.91 under XP SP1 (without any system ASPI), together with the latest version of EasyWriteReader (it shouldn't matter).
My LTR-48125W VS08 sits in an external enclosure connected via FireWire (IEEE 1394) to my notebook. The enclosure has a LED, which seems to blink upon channel activity (this is not documented).
Nero InfoTool reports Autorun on for my burner.
In InCD Property Sheet| InCD Page Settings, only "Format disc to CD-MRW" is checked (i.e., both "Do not display startup and RW mount messages" and "Safe Mode ..." are unchecked).
I used a fresh Datex CD-RW 80min/700MB 10x disc (with ATIP Lead-in 97m 27s 04f, made by Ricoh according to Nero InfoTool).
First, I started Nero and inserted the disc; then, however, the InCD icon didn't respond to repeated righ-clicks, so I exited Nero and got the useless InCD Disc Information prompt, which I cancelled. At this stage, the InCD icon had a red S-E arrow.
Next, I right-clicked the InCD icon and chose Format, etc. The intial formatting took 22 seconds, and after additional 8 seconds I saw the InCD mounted message, with the InCD icon having a green N-W arrow.
The computer and burner sat idle for about 3:20 minutes, after which the enclosure LED started blinking every 5 seconds (but the burner LED didn't light up even once). Then, after about 4:50 minutes, I heard the disc spin up, the burner LED blinked green, then red about 5 times, there was another spinup, and finally no activity after 40 seconds. I waited about 40 seconds before clicking the InCD icon to eject; the burner LED blinked green, then red twice, and finally the disc was ejected after 24 seconds.
The total time between the end of initial formatting and disc ejection was about 9:54.
Finally, Nero| Recorder| Disc Info said "MRW Disc Completely Formatted".
Thus background formatting took no longer than 10 minutes; most likely about 9 minutes (which would agree with your past timings for a faster burner and media).
Further, background formatting showed up in the burner write LED only in its final stage.
I don't know how to interpret the FireWire blinks which occured every 5 seconds during most of background formatting. Maybe InCD was checking if background formatting was finished?
Another conclusion is that, at least for my configuration, the current versions of Nero and InCD take over the burner completely, thus preventing each other from running simultaneously. This may be wise from Ahead's viewpoint, but unfortunately it may create additional difficulties in testing CD-MRW.
The above detailed write up just documents some features. Maybe somebody would be curious enough to run similar experiments with 52/24/52. I still think that timing of background formatting is of marginal interest only, because I believe that the speed of data transfers does not depend much on whether background formatting is finished or not.