First, Iâ€™d just like to say thanks to all who responded. I appreciate you taking your time to solve my problems. Iâ€™m only sorry that it has taken me so long to follow up.
In the mean time, I did do a clean install of Windows XP, and of Nero on a spare HD I have and the Pioneer burner seems to work much faster, so apparently my installation of Nero on my primary HD is corrupt, or there are other problems. Of course I know this installation has problems. Thatâ€™s the reason I want to copy my data to DVD RW in the first place:)
Regarding the setting of Ultra DMA mode 4, I had no idea what this meant, or where I might find it, (I never cease to be amazed by the new things I learn in forums!) but I finally found the setting under Advanced Settings in the Secondary IDE Channel in Device Manager. I guess thatâ€™s what you were talking about? There, it shows Current Transfer Mode of Device 1 (Device 1 is the slave device I believe) is Ultra DMA Mode 4, so it looks like I am ok there.
While I was there I did notice that the Current Transfer Mode of Device 0 (the master device I believe) which is my CDRW, is listed as Ultra DMA Mode 2. Is this as it should be? I hope so because there appears top be no way to change it.
Of greater concern to me, (and although I understand this is CDFreaks, and not HD Freaks, but still somebody might be willing to offer some input on this) while I was there I decided to look at the Current Transfer Mode for my HD which is Device 0 on the primary IDE channel and it is listed as PIO mode. This does not sound right to me, but can anyone tell me if it is or not? The HD itself is a Western Digital 100GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra ATA/100 drive with a 2 MB buffer. It sure seems like this should have a higher transfer rate than PIO Mode. Under Transfer Mode; DMA if available is selected, but itâ€™s only getting PIO Mode. Any thoughts on this?
Getting back to my DVDRW, Iâ€™m not sure how to tell if an IDE cable is 40, or 80 wire, but apparently, based on what you wrote, if the cable is rated at Ultra/66 or above then by default, it is 80 wire. Is this correct? If so my cable, which is a Mad Dog, 24 inch, Premium ATA 133 round cable, would qualify, so I guess that is all right. Does it matter if the cable is round, or flat? Oh, also I am using the same brand, and rating of cable for my HD except it is shorter, and supports only one device.
Certainly I can switch my Pioneer DVDRW from master to slave, and I will try it to see what difference that makes. Currently I am using CSEL on it, and the CDRW on the same IDE channel. Is this the best way, or would I be better off moving the jumpers on both devices, and designating one the master, and one the slave?
Thanks for the tip on the RW media.
Currently quality doesnâ€™t matter that much since I can use anything while I am just trying to get the thing to work, but once I actually start making back ups, quality very well could matter. Also Iâ€™d love to be using 8x rather that4x for obvious reasons. Iâ€™m sure I am not a very good internet searcher, but I cannot find 8x +RWs by Ricoh, or Verbatim for sale anywhere, well not from the states anyway. I found a couple of leads from UK vendors, but Iâ€™d rather avoid the added shipping, and time, costs, if possible. Any ideas?
By the way, the only reason I chose +RWs over â€“RWs is that the maximum speed of this writer for +RW is 8X while the maximum speed for â€“RW is 6X, and that seems to be true with a lot of writers. Of course this doesnâ€™t matter much if I can never find 8x +RWs but I am confident I will be able to find them somewhere, eventually.
What I am really curious about is the relative merits of the + format versus the â€“ format. Iâ€™m sure this subject has been written about at great length here, and in other places as well. If someone could point me in the direction of some of this information, Iâ€™d appreciate it.
Well, once again, thanks for the help, past and future.