Verbatims are usually solid. Granted there have been som bad lots in the past, but in general, very reliable. I've been using DataLife's for a while now, no problem (Silver top, Blue print, UPC ends with 94490 on 15pc cake, US).
Originally Posted by Babagadoosh
It is likely the program's configuration causing the problem. Watch your burn speeds. There are several posts about this. Try at the media's rated speed or 1/2 the rated speed. Try to avoid going any lower than 1/2 the rated speed--it can actually make bad pits and lands and render the disk unreliable with a worn laser assembly.
Always image the original to disk first, then burn to disk in a second process. Unless you have a high capacity power supply and quality drives, cables, etc. a disk-to-disk copy can have too much margin for error. Some software can disable disk-to-disk copies if it doesn't detect the same drive and firmware. There is a reason for that setting, so it is best to avoid this method.
Don't run your system with a massive overclock. This can make data transfers and burning a bit unreliable for several reasons. Overdriven buses are more prone to errors due to insufficient voltage and excess noise from additional cooling hardware, not to mention the excessive heat that a system case can generate when overclocked. If you are overclocked to the point where your PCI clock would be over 39MHz, or you have to lower the CAS/RAS timings on your memory to reach your overclock, then this could be the problem--notch it down a bit and try again. There are some that may disagree with me, but I have had to do this with my XP1700. It would flub burns about 2/3 into the disc at 1820, but burn flawlessly at 1794 (158 FSB/39.5 PCI vs. 156 FSB/39 PCI). BTW, the XP1700 is a 1466MHz CPU by default. Yes, I am a bit of a speed freak. Can't wait to get my a new KT400 board with a Barton and crank it up another notch....heheh.
Double check your Drive cables and overall system design. DVD burners typically work most reliably when they are the Master on the secondary chain, and if it has to share the cable with another drive the transfer speed needs to be the same or higher. In other words, don't put a non-DMA33 capable drive on the same channel with the burner. If anything accesses the drive during burning (like the AutoRun scan to a second CD drive) it will drop the speed of the channel. In keeping with this thought, don't have a disk in that secondary drive while burning. This sucks power from the line and can contribute to the throttle of the IDE channel. It is not wise to put a hard drive on the same cable with a burner--EVER. The burner can actually slow down the hard drives performance, not to mention the potential issues with burning.
Oh, and make sure your drives are transfering at optimum speeds. Your BIOS should be enabling the DMA mode for the burner if it supports it. Likewise, your OS should be enabling the same transfer mode as your BIOS. Do not try to overide the BIOS PIO detection by setting it to DMA in Windows. This can cause some issues with transfers and drive control--especially if there is a second drive on that channel. If your BIOS cannot detect/enable UDMA for your burner, you will likely not be able to burn reliably at 4X or higher--in some cases even 2X in some cases. You should invest a little in an add-on PCI controller. You can nab a UDMA66 Promise controller for about $15 on ebay. I got one for the office for $18 with shipping back in March, so you could probably get one really cheap by now.
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