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I have just recently purchased a traxdata 8x4x32 and I can honestly say I have had a few failures which you would expect, but apart from that it is a great machine. I have burned both audio and data without a hitch, I put it down to the disks rather than the machine. You are better with discs that cost a few pence more as basically you get what you pay for. I would recommend this is a first machine as I have, then once you get used to it and can master your burns, then it is time to go onto bigger and better ones.
In November 2000, I bought an internal Traxdata CD-RW drive - and it has been nothing but trouble, in fact, one major pain in the arse!. Firstly, it had some of the accessories missing but the store I got it from (Game Liverpool) sorted that out straight away. So, what else was wrong with it? I got a box of 100 Traxdata Gold CDR's and the first ten or so, it would not record to (again, game Liverpool came to my rescue - it's a pity they don's sell everything for pc's as they are top notch there). I did, however, manage to record to Kodak disks and Traxdata Silver CDR's, which is very strange. One main reason I got this drive was that I have a faultless Traxdata audio CD recorder, which has given me great service and, being a Phillips product, I've never had - or heard - of problems associated with their products. As I have an unstable Time PC, baking up data is essential (no matter who you are, make back ups of your data all the time). I maked up "My Documents" from my PC onto two Traxdata CD-RW's. Imagine the annoyance (and four-letter words!) when I lost an entire website and a bunch of graphics I made. The drive (via the supplied Nero software) shown that one of the CD-RW's had a capacity of 4Gb - larger than some people's hard drive! Click on the folder icon on the CD-RW and the whole system shuts down, reboots, runs scandisk and makes my blood boil. This was common place despite re-installing the Nero software and even the replacements. Other problems include: Unable to copy music CD's to Traxdata Gold CDR's (will to Kodak and all other brands I tried), which considering the CD's were my own demos and was another major factor in buying a CD drive (why should I pay a record industry surcharge on an audio CD when I am the original artist?) Whether it is the actual drive (made in Hungary), the software (Nero), poor quality disks or the reasons, the Traxd
ata drive is one awful, troublesome pain in the arse which should be avoided at all costs. Whilst I do not know very much about alternative drives, I am aware that these drives are shipped under a variety of names. I've not heard anything bad about Yamaha stuff (except for a dodgy quality machine head on my yamaha pacifica 12 string guitar and the DX7 is a pain to program). Then again, this site is what it's all about, the good the bad and the ugly. Just don't buy whatever machine from Dixons, Currys or PC World...
I am afraid to say, that this CD RW did not live up to my expectations, and I am afraid that I can't personally recommend it. It was the first CD RW, which I purchased and it failed after about 2 weeks of use, eventually failing to burn disks on a 100% basis. I then tried another one and the same thing happened, whilst using the supplied traxdata disks. So I think that it is best to seer clear from this one folks, go for a Yamaha, HP or even better the new PLEXTOR drive, which kicks ass!