CD-RW Drive Speeds


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Old 08-19-02, 04:12 PM
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Question CD-RW Drive Speeds

I have an HP Cd writer 9100 that is fairly slow. I use it primarily to back up my data on a regular basis. It will default to 4X when re-writing, but I can apparently speed it up to 8X by going to the drive's " Properties---Settings" box. I suspect that it actually re-writes in the 4X speed.

Here is my question. Most of the fastest drives I've seen indicate a 10X or 12X re-write speed.

Does anyone have any experience with their drive in this scenario? How fast can you re-write to a CD-RW disc?

I have too much time and money and am trying to decide if I want to upgrade to one of the new, super fast drives that are now so cheap. Am considering TEAC of TDK.

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Old 08-19-02, 09:20 PM
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Most CD-RW drives do run 10x-12x Rewrite speed. New developments in rewrite technology may be able to help better CD-RW speeds increase. The technology is called Mount Rainer if I'm not mistaken. This will allow almost zero formatting time. Many companies now make CD burners with this technology. If you want a little more info check out this Mount Rainer article from PCWorld.com

Hoped this helped a little
 
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Old 08-19-02, 10:57 PM
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You have to remember that most drives will lower their writing speed to what the media will support. If you have a 4X CDRW disk, you may have a 12X drive, but most will only write at about 4X.
 
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Old 08-20-02, 05:53 AM
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thanks for both replies. Am familiar with Mt. Rainier protocol, but I may not be able to spell it.

I use Imation CD-RW discs. Went to Staples yesterday and could not find any brand that gave me a write speed spec on the label. How do you know this info?

Again, I'm interested in Re-Write speed,not just write speed

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Old 08-20-02, 06:10 AM
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As far as I know all (other then the cheap ones) list the speed. Looking at my Verbatim one I have it says 2x/4X (first write/rewrite).
 
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Old 08-20-02, 10:58 AM
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ok, here goes

Hold off on getting a new burner just yet. Right now, the current top speed for rewrite is 12x. However, the 16x and 24x rewrite are slated to come out any day now. Imation used to be good, but imo the last year or so, quality has gone down, every time I buy them, I get a bunch of coasters. Anyway, any decent cdrw media should have the speed on it.

According to PC world mag, these are their favorite burners:

1. Pacific Digital Mach 48/12/48.
Their fastest cdr write speeds, but slow read speads $110


2. LG electronics gce8400b 40/12/40 $110
They just say good cdr burner-very slow cd read speeds


3. Cendyne Lightning 3 ltr-40125s 10/12/48 $95
Performance in upper third of all burners they tested, almost tied for first place in cdrw write speeds.


4. TDK VeloCD 40/12/48 $135
Second best cdr performance, and fifth on cd read speeds


5. Teac 40/12/48 $100
fast cdr write, but slower than norm cdrw speed by about 10 seconds


I can vouch personally for the tdk burner. I have the 40x and it is incredible, and has burn proof, to eliminate coasters, and my bro just bought the new tdk 48x burner for $107 on sale!!


Just incase anyone wants this info, here are speed times

48x=2:37 minute cdr burn
40x=3:21 minute cdr burn
32x=3:39 minute cdr burn
24x=4:15 minute cdr burn
16x=5:40 minute cdr burn
12x=7:10 minute cdr burn
4x=24 hour nightmare

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Old 08-20-02, 12:29 PM
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LiteOn also makes decent burners, and they are much cheaper then $100.
 
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Old 08-20-02, 02:49 PM
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My Sony CRX195 burns 12x CDRWs. I use those high quality ghetto superstar CDRWs with no label, no speed values, and are made in parts unknown. I also burn even cheaper CDRs at some crazy speed like 40X. Edge to edge burn time for me is 3:09.

Many talk of CDR/W brand, cost, speed values.....I buy the cheapest, biggest, no-name multi-packs I can and have had zero problems. My old Phillips was the same way. Maybe I am lucky??

You can wait like someone posted above for faster ones, but the 12X RW drives are super cheap. The newer ones will cost more. Go to www.pricewatch.com, buy your favorite, and save some money while you are at it!
 
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Old 08-20-02, 03:33 PM
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thanks to all....my shopping has shown that any given manufacturer on any given day may have a substantial rebate available.

It looks like somewhere around $ 100, net, is the sweet spot for a name brand today for the latest, fastest...................
 
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Old 08-22-02, 09:48 AM
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Stupid is as .....

Sorry, Jeremy...I just realized that I have 'Forest Gumped' myself. My Imation CD-RW discs clearly state " 1X-4X Compatible" on the surface of the disc. The cover label says nothing about speed, but the discs themselves do have it !!!!

Maybe my current burner would re-write faster with better discs...

Thanks for the thoughts, everybody
 
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Old 08-22-02, 11:25 AM
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WOW, those must be some really old cdr-s. Glad you saved yourself a hundred bucks. A lot of burning programs will cut the burning speed down if the disk can't handle burning faster, that is what is probably happening to you.
 
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Old 08-22-02, 01:02 PM
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nope, were CD-RW's, remember?


have not really been concerned about original first time burns, but rather the speed of re-writing data to CD-RW's
 
 

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