I’m trying to build a desktop CD duplicator with 7 CD-RW drives. The purpose of this is to be able to burn 7 CD-ROM at a time and thereby saving myself the cost of having it duplicated for me.
The setup I have is a mix of old things I had laying around:
AMD Athalon 1200 MHz processor
About 650MB SDRAM
Highpoint RocketRaid 100 controller
A small WD hard disk for the source material and OS
5 SONY CRX320-EE CD-RW drives
2 LG GCE-8527B CD-RW drives
OS Windows XP SP3
I was planning on running Alcohol 120% and thereby writing to all 7 drives at the same time.
The Highpoint controller supports ATAPI devices according to the specs, but I’m not so sure after all the reading I’ve done on the internet.
I have my HDD and 3 CD-ROMs connected to the two mainboard IDE’s and the other 4 CD-ROMs connected to the highpoint controller, everything set to Cable Select.
After some trouble and many driver versions I was able to get the CD-ROMs working in Windows and each one reading data from a disk. but when the 3 mainboard CD-ROMs have some media loaded and I put some media on the ones connected to the controller Windows freezes and needs a hard boot.
Hope you can make make suggestions as to how I can fix this problem if you think this setup should work. Maybe some other OS could be the solution to this.