I keep a CD full of things like driver updates, latest virus definition files, shareware registration codes etc for easy access and rapid reinstallation’s of Windows (not that I ever have to do that of course !!), which is updated periodically.
I usually use a CD-RW for this, but because the disc gets bashed and generally abused I back it up onto a new CD-R every now and again as a safeguard.
I used to use EasyCD Creator for this, but since my new recorder isn’t supported yet, I’m stuck with (but getting used to) Nero. In the past, I would put my original CD in my CD-ROM drive, a blank in the recorder, and simply drag and drop the original files into the browser window, update any files with new replacements as necessary and burn. No problem. But with Nero, I get a great many errors when verifying as “Inaccessible file: xxxxxxx” about 3/4 of the way through. Using a seperate utility to verify the disc, these inaccessible files weren’t actually burnt onto the new disc in the first place, or if they were, they are simply zero byte files / entries in the TOC.
I have two workarounds for this, but none are ideal and I’d like a proper solution as to why some files seem to get “locked out” - there seems to be something in having nested directories or directories with large numbers of small files, but I can’t really see a pattern and I am not breaking any rules regarding depth or file numbers in directories.
Anyway, here are my workarounds.
Copy all the files onto a hard disc as a copy and paste and then burn from the hard disc instead of the CD (so how is that any different from reading of a CD, I ask you ?!)
Do a straight disc copy, in which case I can copy from another drive OK but have to make any changes to the material seperately since I can’t use material from the original CD and say put on an updated driver saved locally in a temporary folder on my hard drive.
I have also noticed that my hard disc assigned as E (which is actually the same hard disc as my D drive but partitioned as two drives on a 70 / 30 split) sometimes becomes inaccessible when using Nero and the volume label becomes “Local Disk”. None of my other drives, including my CD-ROM / DVD drive is affected by this, and it clears immediately on exiting Nero. I am using the current version (as supplied with a three week old Yamaha CRW-3200E, so it’s pretty current even if it’s not cutting edge) on a Windows ME platform.
Does anyone have any ideas as to why Nero seems to have problems handling my drivers CD (and others, by the way, it doesn’t like the CD’s I use to archive my digital photographs either) when EasyCD Creator 5 Platinum didn’t ? My workaround involving copying the files onto a hard disc first is more of an un-necessary inconvenience than a problem, but I’d like to know why such a simple procedure is such a problem for Nero.
Any ideas / thoughts welcome.