Bytecc USB2.0 Enclosure
NEC 3500a / BenQ 1620a 16x DVDWriters
Sony Vaio S150 Notebook / Custom Desktop
Maxell high grade +R and -R (2/2.4/4/6/8x)
Verbatim 2.4x DVD+RW
Sony 4x DVD+RW
Cheapie +R and -R (4x)
BenQ hated pretty much everything OTHER than the Maxell +R. Everything else would be a crapshot... stop part way not start at all. Sometimes it finishes. Loved both RW. Using Nero, it will hang during the Lead-In for -R.
NEC loved my RWs. Absolutely hated the -R. Nero would burp with a RESET OCCURED error on start. RecordNow would just say something's wrong. This happened with ALL the -R at ALL speeds. With the +R, it would take it like a pornstar... all the way in, any way you want it, as fast as you can.
This was tried with a myriad of different software versions, firmware revisions, and the like. These are my conclusions, so like it or not :lol:
So why +R/W and barf all over the -R? Beats me.
NB: This is with an EXTERNAL ENCLOSURE. Both drives will burn -R installed (IDE). Tomorrow I'm going to buy another enclosure to try out (maybe Vantec NexStar2).
Could it be that the Bytecc enclosure (ALI Chipset) hates -Rs?
SIDENOTE: I had an NEC 2500a installed before and other than the occasional hang, it would burn both types just fine.