Little CD floating beside mouse cursor when inserting disc (is this normal?)

Hello, I recently purchased a NEC ND3550A OEM DVD burner. I have noticed that everytime I insert a disc into the drive a little CD appears beside my mouse cursor for a few seconds. Is this normal or do you think my burner is defective? I have the latest firmware and everything is set up properly, I don’t know if there is a problem or not. I noticed that when I rip CD’s about half way though the ripping process the burner slows down extremely and I get a whole bunch of errors, yet the tracks that ripped work 100% fine. Does anybody have any suggestions of what I should do? Thanks.

yes this is very normal, it just tells you that the disk is loading.

My old drive never did this though, why is that?

I have no idea, but it is normal.

I have a 3550 and that is just one of its quirks, nothing to worry about. I have had mine for 9 months and it still works like new, excellent burner.