Although I was instrumental in architecting and writing the standards underlying CD/DVD writing, i.e., ISO 9660, ISO/IEC 13346, ISO/IEC 13490, ECMA-167 and ECMA-168, I somehow managed to avoid using CD writing software until the week of 9 June 2003.
In the CD-related forums/newsgroups, I've seen both Ahead and Roxio products bashed, with Ahead appearing to be the fovorite between the two, but most certainly still suffering from big problems.
The CD-RW drive I purchased came with a lite version of the Roxio software, so I decided to also purchase the retail Nero 5.5.
Well, I've used the Roxio software very little.
I have Nero 5.5, InCD 22.214.171.124 and EasyWrite Reader (126.96.36.199 or is it 188.8.131.52?) installed under Win 200 SP 4. I cannot use InCD 4.* because InCD 4 has the idiotic bug of changing a file's date when the file is copied from the hard drive to the CD-RW media.
In another Win 2000 partition on the same PC, I now am "testing" Nero 184.108.40.206, InCD 220.127.116.11 and EWR 18.104.22.168. However, I cannot use that regularly as InCD 4 still has the date bug and InCD 3.* will not install under Nero 5.5 license. The update to Nero 6 was free because I purchased Nero 5.5 after 30 April 2003.
Note that Nero 22.214.171.124 was released on 25 July 2003 and Nero 126.96.36.199 was released on 2 August 2003. Gee, it's been more than a week, where's the next release?
In addition, Ahead just released a multi mounter utility designed for Nero 6 that allows access to each session of a multisession media. It flat out doesn't work., although, Ahead claims they cannot report the proble, which was also reported by others.
Needless to say, I've beome frustrated by obviously inadequately tested Ahead software.
Is Roxio really worse?
What software is recommended for Win 2000?
For Win 98?
Note that I have not yet found an EWR that will work in Win 98.