If you are using two different applications and they both have the same problems I doubt it's a burning app issue.
What firmware are you using? The person that you got it from did not perform and EEPROM modifications or anything did they?
Next thing I would try is to install default Microsoft IDE drivers. Other drivers, primarily (but not exclusively) Nforce and VIA regularly cause all sorts of nasty problems.
Originally posted by debro
[b]Right click on my computer->Properties->
Hardware tab->Device manager (middle -right)
Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
Will have intel / Via / nvidia Ultra ATA storage controller (or similar)
Don't do the primary or secondary channels. They are children of the main.
Right click on the Via /Intel / Nvidia Ultra ATA / IDE controlller and select "Update driver".
Then select "install from a list or specific location"-> next
Select "Don't search. i will choose the driver to install" -> next
Select "standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (or similar)" -> next
Reboot machine to take effect.
If you have Intel Application Accelerator or VIA miniport installed get rid of them. Also try uninstalling and packet writing software (such as Nero's InCD) if you have it.