You and i are pals so i know you won’t take my counter as offensive. No, cybergranddad probably wouldn’t have a freeze-up if he did 1 or 2 backups in a row. But he stated that he “… will sometimes burn 2,3, or more DVD’s in a row from ISO’s …” which sets off my alert flags from what I learned about RAM usage in the industry.
When burning, the processor looks for data in RAM in contigient rows of sectors similar to clusters of data on a HDD platter. They are identified by such readouts as [000F000 - 000F3FFF] and laid out in arrays which the processor is looking to find the information via a smoothe transition ie contingient (next to each other) arrays of RAM clusters which it sends to the burner’s buffer memory. With the speed at which the processor is expecting to gather this data from the RAM arrays, if any sector (cluster) is holding data from a previous backup or just system data, and this caused the backup data to be deposited in a non-aligned array or memory unit, (ie it has not been refreshed to be “empty” and ready to hold new data), then the whole process can fail and you can get a freeze.
Not saying that this is definately the one and only cause of the freezes but if cybergranddad shuts down and then restarts (or at least reboots) between each backup and that solves his freezeups, then that would be the easiest variable to avoid alot of troubleshooting. Hope I have not bored anyone.
cybergranddad: the reason I prefer to shut down and wait 15 seconds is it gives the necessary time for RAM modules to completely dishcharge the electric charges they are holding which gives you completely refreshed RAM when you reboot. Restarting does not give enough time for complete discharge since the computer never actually shuts off. Backing up is not a simple computer process like word processing or cruzin the internet. It is fast and furious data transfer of multiple GB’s and every zero & one has to be perfect. If shutting down between backups doesn’t solve you problem then you can sure look into the other’s suggestions above as valid possible solutions. Many, multiple backups in a row with absolutely no down time in between could indeed put a strain on a processor’s thermal limit capabilities. But you seem to indicate that things are running within limitations. Assume you have a temperature readout from a motherboard utility program or bios readout upon which you are basing your opinion. You can’t tell by touch because the processor’s fan & heatsink make it impossible to actually touch the processor which you should not do anyway because of your body’s possible static eletricity discharge destroying the CPU.
Best regards to all,