Dying drive or bad blanks?

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/Blu-ray Technology' started by The VCR King, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    Something ain't right... I am trying to burn some mix CD's for my CD changer and I burned five coasters before I burned a good disc. Is my drive dying?
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Have you tried slowing down the burn speed? What brand of disks are you using? How are you burning them?
     
  3. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    I've always had it set at max 52X speed and I use Verbatim printable disks.
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Too fast, reduce the speed to say half that and see what happens.
     
  5. spirit

    spirit Moderator Staff Member

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    First thing to do is to try a slower burn speed. The slower the burn, the more likely it is to succeed.

    Can you try another brand of disks or maybe another burn these disks in another drive? 5 coasters sounds like a lot.
     
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  6. beers

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    How old is the drive?
     
  7. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    I slowed down the burn speed to 32X and the problem seems to be fixed. I have a Memorex USB CD drive that I have and it'll burn at 52X or even 60X with no problems.

    I don't know. There isn't a sticker on it but I'm pretty sure it's original to the PC, so assume it's from 2010.

    Looks like this:
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  8. johnb35

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    The sticker is on the bottom of the unit and it will have a manufacture date on it.
     
  9. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    Confirmed from 2010.
     
  10. spirit

    spirit Moderator Staff Member

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    For the time being just burn at 32x then unless you want to use your Memorex drive. At least you have that option and can still burn, if a little slower than what you've been used to. Drive isn't completely dead or discs aren't bad then.
     
  11. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    I might get an IDE to SATA converter and remove the Memorex from it's enclosure I got it in and put it into the rig later.
     
  12. spirit

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    OK sounds like an alright idea. Is it a 5.25" drive?

    DVD-RW drives are so cheap these days that if it's a little more expensive to just buy a new SATA drive I'd honestly do that. You could get an OEM one really cheaply, doesn't even need to be branded really.
     
  13. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    As per spriit, it's probably the same cost to just get an internal SATA drive. Microcenter has a few for like $15.

    Then you also get a NEW drive instead of screwing around with old IDE garbage on a drive that has a limited lifespan to it.
     
  14. The VCR King

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    This memorex drive has been working since 1999 and I know It's burned over 2500 discs in its lifetime since i've had it. I might just get a SATA one like you said tho but I use my Memorex just for burning now as it can only read and write CDs
     
  15. spirit

    spirit Moderator Staff Member

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    Trouble is that sometimes these SATA to IDE data adapters don't work too great. I've not had much luck with them.
     
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  16. beers

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    Yeah you'd probably be better off with a more 'native' IDE PCIE card instead which tend to be slightly better.
    Sounds like a limitation you would no longer be subjected to if you went new.
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/444260/SH-224FB-BSBE_24x_SATA_Internal_DVD_Burner_-_OEM

    Lies, yours doesn't have a blu-ray sticker on it. ;) Also, pretty much every internal optical drive looks extremely similar.
     
  17. The VCR King

    The VCR King Well-Known Member

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    My drive has a Blu-Ray sticker on it and it will read Blu-Ray discs as I finally figured out how to got them to play in VLC. :D
     
  18. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Cool, I thought you were referring to the other one :p
     
  19. The VCR King

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    Guys I figured it out. Bad blanks. I bought a used TDK CDRW4008B drive at a Goodwill for $5 and put it in my external enclosure. I burned one of my current blank CDs (from the only spindle I have, some verbatim printables) and it failed four times before it burned a good copy on the TDK, and my Samsung took five tries before it burned a good disc. I then bought a brand-new spindle of Memorex CD-Rs and both worked perfectly first try. So this whole time I had crap blanks.
     
  20. johnb35

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    Either dying drive or just needed a firmware update.
     

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