Hi, Dodeca, I'm back (sorry to say). Firstly though, thanks for info in your previous posts.
I’ve been offline for abit with computer problems all due to this cdrw problem I’m having (i.e. programs stop responding, system(s) freezing, etc. etc. every time I tried to erase/format; or, even just by merely inserting a disk into either the Rom or burner draw(s)).
At your suggestion, I ran Roxio Zap and it found a few stray files in the Windows/StartMenu/Programs folder.
Just to reiterate, I have 2 computers each running Win98SE and using Nero Express 6 OEM w/Incd 4 (both with recent updates). The Incd Reader is also installed in both systems. As for drive installation, both jumpers for CDROM & CDRW drives on both systems are set at first position - Cable Select. DMA is enabled. Don’t know enough to explain anything else.
I managed to get my hands on (1) Verbatim cdrw (2x-4x, 74min, 650MB) made my Mitsubishi which I formatted in the recently purchased Lite-On Combo (CDRW/DVD ROM) SOHC-5232K and merrily spent the afternoon copying/pasting/deleting files back and forth with the Lite-On (CDRW) SOHR-5238S in my other computer. All was working as it should and I was ecstatic but that was short-lived as reality came crashing in. After copying another set of files from one computer and verifying that they were there and intact, I inserted the disk into the other computer burner drive and was shocked to see that the files were gone….they had been replaced by: 4 files/folders, named: Files; Autorun: MRW(icon) & Open HTML. I erased the disk using Nero (SmartStart) and formatted it using Incd. After formatting, I was even more shocked and dismayed to see that it had turned into an Audio disk. (???) I repeated the erase/format process a couple more times with no success (neither drive on either computer would recognize the disk). On what I considered to be my last attempt, I disabled MRW format in Incd on both computers and erased/formatted it. The disk is performing reasonably well now (?) but I don’t have any great expectations of it’s longevity given the fact that Scandisc reports 3% Good, 97% Bad.
- What makes a disk, that was performing normally one minute, morph into one containing the 4 files mentioned above; or, for that matter, into an audio file????,
- If I am unable to get Verbatim cdrw’s; can you (or anyone else) recommend another brand? Are Sony any good? Given the hardware that I’m using, should I consider 74min/650MB disks, as opposed to 80min/700MB disks; or, vice versa???
I am at a total loss. Can anyone Pleeeez help!!!!!
Oh, BTW, as a matter of interest, the new box (10) blank Memorex disks that were immediately turned into coasters on first format (in the SOHC-5232K) were made by CMC Magnetics. Other disks that I had been successfully using back and forth with my old Phillips drive (Roxio) and the Lite-On SOHR-5238S (Nero) that ended up as coasters after erasing & formatting using Nero & Incd were Cursor (made by: GigaStorage), Staples store brand (made by Sony) and some other Memorex (made by: Harmonic Hall).