I have a Plextor 708A-UF external USB 2.0 drive It was shipped with Roxio 126.96.36.199 SP9 (dated 4-6-2004). My company PC is a Dell GX-150 (PIII-1133, 256MB, 20GB, with a USB 2.0 card added). The Plextor drive shipped with firmware 1.06. The media (as i dentified by PlexToolsPro 2.11) that I am using is shown as: Manufacturer ID = CMC MAG with certified speed of 2.4X-4X, Media ID = F01, Product Revision = 00, and type = DVD+R.
What I am trying to do is burn some ghost images (stored on my hard drive) onto DVDs so they can be shipped to another location and used. My company has a slow lan link between these sites and can't justify pushing 2-4GB tansfers through the network. I first used Roxio and made 3 DVDs. 2 containing one image, and the 3rd contianing 3 images (smaller). I sent them to my coworker who wrote me saying they images began to load but fail at the same point. He then ran Ghost (7.5 with a win98/DOS bootdisk) and did a verification check on the images. Ghost said the images were corrupt. This includes the first 2 DVDs (one image on each) and the first image on the 3rd disc (other two on this DVD weren't checked).
I then verified the source files and they are fine. Since am not a big fan of Roxio, I loaded Nero 6316 and tried the first DVD again selecting 4X speed. Same result. You can read the disc from windows and it appears to be fine, but when a ghost image verification is run it comes back corrupt. I guess maybe it's a speed/media problem so the next time I try Nero again with 4X selected, but also determine maximum speed checked as well. It successfully burns at 4X. Everything looks fine, and this time when I do the verification it works.
So I try the sencond (single image file) disc with the same settings and it works too. Sounds like a fix at this point. Then I try making the 3rd disc which has 3 images on it. Same settings, looks like it works, but this time the first image alphabetically comes up corrupt. The other two images on the same disc check out fine.
Now I'm a little lost still my only thoughts are speed/media as I know I have the latest versions of Nero, the firmware, an Plextools. The reason I didn't use PlextoolsPro by itself was because I chose to make the DVD bootable (using a win98 startup disk as the bootable image) with Nero for ease of use. I didn't see this as an option with PlextoolsPro. I try the 3rd disc again this time I manually choosing 2.4X speed without the determine speed option checked. I check all three images on this 3rd disc and they come back fine.
So now in conclusion I've now made 6 coasters and 3 working discs. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas????
Please help me. I am a tech for a living so I am at the very least instructable (if that's even a word).