Previous to buying this CD writer I have owned 2 slow IDE writers, both 2x. A Mitsumi and a Phillips. Both suffered from buffer under runs and all sorts of problems. I think I made more tea coasters than functional CDs. Considering I would probably be spending more on buying new CDrs than I would to buy a decent new CD writer that was fast and reliable I set about looking for a nice shiny new one. Reading many of the reviews, I finally decided this Yamaha model was for me. Quite a fast drive having 8x write, 4x re write and 24x read. Because of the buffer under runs I had with my older drives which had only 1mb buffers I new I had to get a drive with a larger buffer and the Yamaha has a 4mb buffer which is quite large even by today’s latest CD writers. I had never really thought of getting a SCSI drive but as it was in my price range I decided to try it. I purchased an Adaptec SCSI card and installed that previous to the drive arriving and installed that very easily. The drive came in a fairly large box with some large poster type manuals with easy to understand instructions. Fitting the drive in to my case was very easily done with the provided screws. Although I am pretty experienced at installing and upgrading computer hardware this could be installed by some one less experienced very easily and hopefully trouble free if you read the instructions carefully. I connected the SCSI cable up to the card and booted up my computer, windows 2000 picked up the drive successfully and it was shown in ‘My computer’ as another CD drive so no driver installation was needed which was great. The software provided was Easy CD Creator which personally I don’t like very much but it’s a very good program for those new to creating their own CDs. I chose to use a program called Nero burning ROM which is the best piece of burning software I have used. Its full of feature to create custom data CDs, musi
c CDs, copy and original CD, create VCDs, SVCDs and create a CD from an image of a CD on your hard disk. This picked up the CD writer and supported it without the need for any extra drivers but some programs in windows 2000 require you to download another ASPI layer driver for the SCSI. This can be found easily by searching google.com The 1st CD I created was a backup of all my downloaded games patches and small utilities that I regularly use. This recorded in about 6 minutes at 8 speed write with no problems and the CD worked in my CD drive no problems what so ever. When burning a full CD with lots of data the CD take longer to write, but still only about 8 minutes which is a lot better than the 30+ minutes it used to take my old drives to do. Although it does have a 4x re write function I have never used it as CDr discs are so cheap now to buy any way I don't use CDRW discs. Since I have had the writer, I’ve had no problems with it and never any buffer under runs proving the 4mb buffer to be more than sufficient. I have only made 2 tea coasters since I have had the drive and they weren’t because of an error with the drive but because of me trying to put more data on the CD than it could take. I have never had to use any type of customer services at Yamaha because the drive has been 100% reliable and I would certainly consider buying another product from Yamaha in the future.
I have owned cd writers since the very first one that was released on the market, many years ago. I bought a Phillips 2X write, 2X read...Since then I have bought numerous cdr's and cdrw's, ranging from the cheap and nasty to the most expensive. Out of all the Cdrw's I have ever bought the only one that I can honestly say I haven't had any problems with at all is the Yamaha. The ultra reliability of this piece of equipment is due to Yamaha's use of high quality parts and the usual high standard of build quality that we are so accustomed to from this company. The high capacity buffer combined with the excellent electronics make this drive a winner, it does what it is supposed to do...write perfect cd's, and that's all we want from a cdrw, to be ultra reliable, stable writing, and basically to produce the end result, a perfect cd, over and over again. In my opinion this is The best Cdrw on the market today, and you can be rest assured, that when you buy a Yamaha CDRW you are investing in quality, pure and simple.....You will not be disappointed...
Now when upgrading or building a PC, I think it is always important to remember what the purpose of the PC is, as unfortunately not all components are created equal. Almost every manufacturer manages to give their product its own unique qualities, and these can either be great or bad. In the case of this drive they are good, especially if the drive is to be used for burning audio. Being a Yamaha device, the audio writing and ripping quality is superb, producing tracks with warmth and clarity, which is lacking in some other CDRW devices. However this is not the fastest drive on the market anymore, and it is fair to say that it is getting on a bit. Yamaha have themselves brought out a replacement, which writes, and re writes at a quicker rate, (8x8x) but still falling short of the speed demon 12x10x32x drive produced by Plextor. If audio quality is important go with the Yamaha drive, if not and speed is all you are after go for the Plextor!
When I bought this CDR/RW drive from Yamaha I was a novice to the recording industry. It is very good after the initial problems of direct CD 3.0 crashing. I purchased this drive four months ago and since then I have purchased quite a few CD's. It is fast at backing up and the re-writable function is brilliant for storing my University work. It also provideds endless use when my other computer blows up and I need files off the internet for I can burn them onto a normal CD to use in a normal CD drive, Great. Overall Amazing results great updates on the net. But what about the new 16*10*40 from Yamaha that must be amazing. ***March 2001*** I fixed the crashing ages ago. It was a Hard drive problem, but new one of those sorted it out. Recently I purchased a DVD drive and now I can copy an Audio or Data CD in 7:00 mins for 700Mb this is achieved using DMA. I can now even surf the internet while copying a CD. I am glad I purchased this product, as it is still going strong. ***April 2001*** The drive I purchased is the EIDE version and is detected by the BIOS and very easy to use. It has a 4Mb buffer, and two lights sets on the front, the first being a disc light and the second being a read/write light. The first is red when there is no disc inserted and green when one is in the drive. The second as you can guess is green when reading and red when writing. It has one button which feels good and sturdy when pressed. The loading tray is slow but strong. It also has a head phone socket and volume on the front. Standard CD-ROM connection (Sound and EIDE) on the back and possibly a Digital Ouptut, not sure without taking the case off. The software supplied with the full boxed version is: Easy CD Creator 4 and Direct Cd 3. You also get a CD-RW and one CD-R. Both very useful. It does use most CD-R's, but I have come accross only one type of unbranded that it doesn'
t like. I have used: Samsung, Memorex, TDK, and Some completely unbranded which were fine in the 650Mb and 700Mb sizes. Only Thing is that it is not UDMA. *** May 2001 *** DMA - Dynamic Memory Allocation. Can be clicked on in the properties for your CD-Rom, DVD, Copier drive. Is much faster as it uses the DMA controller to bypass the processor, but can lead to your computer crashing.(Use with Caution). UDMA - Ultra DMA. DMA = 16.6 Megabytes/sec. UDMA 33 = 33.3 Mb/s. UDMA 66 = 66.6Mb/s. UDMA 100 = 100 Mb/s. Transfer rates of the EIDE. DVD - Digital versatile Disc. CD-R - Compact Disc Read Only. CD-RW - Compact Disc Read/Write. EIDE - Where you plug your hard drive in.
Trying to choose a CD Writer isn't that simple. When I was looking for one I decided that I wanted a fast one. I bought mine around January which meant that the fastest was 8x Write 4x Re-write and 24 Read. Once you've got the speed in your head you need to decide SCSI or IDE etc. (equals more cash). Then there's loads of makes to choose from (nightmare). After looking around for sometime I choose the Yamaha CRW8424s-vk. In each shop or magazine advert the price is different but one caught my eye DABS, they included a SCSI Card in the price. I'd never had the back off the computer before so I was a bit weary when fitting the unit. Off came the back, I followed the intructions, fitted the card and cd writer, no problems, booted up and hey presto it worked. The Writer itself looks good, and can burn a CD in around 10 minutes (fast). The only problem is that the writer with it's SCSI connection is that fast that I get buffer under run if I'm not careful. This is a fantastic piece of hardware.