Smoothieboy, I ran a utility called Drive Fitness Test and no bad sectors was reported. This was a brand new hard drive that I just bought.
Lord Voldemort, my system is as follows:
AMD XP 1800+ (underclocked to 1150MHz)
512 MB Ram, PC2700
K7S5A Pro rev5 w/ SiSÂ® 735 Chipset
The cables are 18" and both came with my plextor drive and my hard drive. I am sure they are 80 conductor cables. I bought this drive to replace another drive that would get corrupted data too. So now I am suspecting my cheapo motherboard. After all to get it stable, I had to underclock the thing.
The computer currently has 2 hard drives connected to the first ide channel and the plextor drive as master on second.
Writing to the same location is difficult as the drive chooses were to write on the platter although the path might be the same.
The wierd part is that all the discs I've written too without making an ISO file is fine. I do a check by reading in the data again from the disc and storing to the drive. Then do the check. Discs burned with an ISO file tend to give me errors. Reading from the disc multiple times when it is corrupted yields the same results, it fails the check. Even when I keep the original data there to prevent it from writing to the same location on the hard drive platter...