I brought one recently its really good and all so helpful. Saving money ever time i copy a CD. When you have it installed in to your computer which sounds easy but isn't because its not easy to, follow the instructions. Because there not set out well. Never the less it took me 12 hours but, when in, its very helpful. It cost me £60. This is the best money I have spent for some time. It takes about 10-20 mins to copy a CD depending on the setting you put it on! but for certain ever computer should have one if not installed.
For many people, the joy of copying CD`s is actually a frustrating waste of time. Volatile CD-RW drives need little excuse to play up and before you know it, you have another ruined CDR to use as a coaster for your cup of coffe! Ok so maybe they`re nopt that bad. In fact, the unassuming CD - RW drive has brought a great deal of satisfaction to PC users but even the most saintly among us have cursed their unreliablity. This new CDRWW from phillips attacks one of the main causes of bad burns with its new thermo balanced writing (TBW) technology. A CD - RW uses a laser to write data to dis and because lasers gererate heat, if it does this to quickly or slowly little heat will be generated, thus ruining the buning process. The phillips CD RW gets around this by testing a disk for optimum write speed before the process begins, which will please those of us accustomed to snapping uncooperative discs in two! The extra cost Phillips is asking you to shell out is justified by the inclusion of TBW technology and other goodies. The software bundled here includes not just the excellent Adaptec CD creator 4 but also ejay dance 2, if you want a sample the life as a DJ. The phillips drive reads at 32 speed, writes at 12 speed and rewrites at 8 speed, which is nothing brilliant for this expense. HAving said that, it should take you no longer than five mins to fill upa 74 min CD. Before you do anything, of course, you have to install it in your PC and this can be daunting, as it involves opening up the case and fiddling about! Once the physical installation is done, windows detects the drive, so potential complications are mercifully few!
CD-RW (Re-Writeable) drive are in my view the best way to back up data on a Pc, especially knowing how unreliable most P.C’s are. I have always wanted a CD-RW drive and was blessed with its presence when I purchased my new P.C for Gateway (That’s another opinion). Basically, for those woe haven’t got a clue what these drive are, there are a different type of CD drive, physically the same which can actually write data to a CD medium. CDRW medium is slightly, but most importantly different from the CDR medium. Both these types of CD can be bought relative cheaply from anywhere nowadays, even supermarkets. But where the CD-RE CD’s differ from the CDR CD are; CD-RW Cd’s can be written to over and over again; data can be deleted and changed and re-added and do on. These are an ideal way of backup because they have a large capacity, and data can be moved about on the quickly and easily. CDR’s on the other hand are a write once medium and once you have put any kind of data on them you cannot delete it, you cannot overwrite it or any new data. These Cd’s are used for putting audio music on, Hi’fi’s/stereos cannot read CDRW. The Phillips drive that I have to write to these CD’s is also very fast reliable relatively cheap (Only cost about £120), but the it does take a while sometimes to eject the CD when the eject button is pressed. SUMMARY The CDRW CD medium is the type of CD for people who want to back up files for any reason. They have very quick access; you can usually drag and drop files to them and the hold a large amount of data (650 Mb). Also being slightly more expensive that CDR’s, they also only cost about £1.10 each! The CDR CD’s area for people who want to make MP3 to CD conversion or wish to make a ‘back-up copy’ of home CD’s. These CD’s are very cheap an only cost a measly 7
I purchased this CD -RW and it installed ok and worked fine for 2 weeks then started making as many Coasters as it did CD's so I sent it back to Phillips to get it re - calibrated after some 2 months of ownership. It came back and worked ok for a time then some 11 months later it stopped working all together and my computer would not start untill I took the ide cable out of the damn thing.....Phillips said "its only Guarenteed for 12 months and you've had it for 13 so your on your own kid" or words to that effect
In the last few years, prices for CD recorders have dropped considerably. They have almost lost their meaning as status symbols as well. Millions of Compact Discs containing music or computer data are made by home users every day all over the world. CD recorders differ mainly in their write speed, but the interface, buffer size and the read speed are just as important. Phillips used to be the number one address for cutting edge CD recorders for a long while, but recently Sony, Teac and AOpen offer their own 12speed writers as well. Others like Asus are also close to the launch of their CDR. We took a quick look at AOpen's new model. Installing a CD-ROM or CD-R drive should be no problem even for beginners. After checking the jumpers at the backside of the drive (master or slave) you can already install it into an empty 5.25" drive bay. Since CD recorders are basically just a CD-ROM drive with enhanced features, every drive can be used instantly as it will be given a drive letter automatically. Inserting any data CD will be enough to test the basic functions of the drive. In order to determine media compatibility, I used several brand and no-name CD-Rs. AOpen's CD-recorder worked fine at full speed with any CD-R I threw at it, regardless if high-class brand CD-R or if no-name unmarked CD-R. 4 MB of memory are buffering write data in order to ensure a constant data stream. This buffer can only bridge approx. two seconds, but it proved completely sufficient. If you use the bundled software Nero 5.0, you will get another 20 MB buffer of main system memory. Those 24 MB of write buffer reduce the chance of encountering the feared 'buffer underrun' to a minimum. However, users with 64 MB or even less memory cannot really take advantage of this software buffer feature, because the system will swap-out the software buffer to the hard drive as soon as the physical RAM is completely used. This obviously eliminates the advantage of strea
m buffering. Aopen's drive proved to be a fully sufficient CD-recorder that produces reliable CDs/CDROMs in very short time.
I bought this CR-RW over a year ago now and have very mixed feelings about the drive. The drive looks quite nice with a sexy red tray button, volume control, disc in light and disc writing light. On the whole it generally seems ok but I have had some very strange experiences with it. After I had the drive about 11 months I was backing up a load of files to CDR and all of a sudden the drive froze and there was nothing I could do but reboot. When I did Windows 98 took over 20 minutes to load. The first thing I suspected was that when the drive froze it corrupted the Hard Drive but after running various checks and de-fragging the Hard Drive (twice!) it was still the same. I had only created about 25 discs in the 11 months. When I checked the forums on the philips website there were nothing but complaints by people experiencing the same thing or complaining that the drive had died after only burning 70+ discs. I rang the store where I got it from (PC World) but they were not willing to help and advised me to ring philips. When I rang philips they told me how to do a system check but holding down the tray open button for one complete cycle and tell them what the lights on the drive did. When I told them and the light flashed green four times and then red once. He said "ahhh its failing test 4" so I said what does that mean? he said "It means you need a new drive!" When I asked exactly what was wrong he was unwilling to tell me and wouldn't or couldn't give me a price for repair, by this time the years warranty was up. So I unplugged the drive and put it on a shelf where it sat for 6 months until I was so bored one day last month I decided to shove it back in and the bloody thing worked. This time it fails on test 1 but it still creates discs (?). The only thing different about my system is that I have installed Windows ME. Hmmmm maybe Windows ME is good for something after all eh? ;)