Been doing some RW media tests on the 52x drive, I thought I’d post my observations. Many of us already know that packet writing is not such a great deal in terms of reliability and performance, here’s some more reasons to avoid it.
Using the Verbatim DLP 24x RW media and InCD v3.51 (MRW mode):
Initial format time is about 30 sec.
Time to copy 500 MB file to disc: 5:45
Time to eject: :50
Total time: 7:00
Using Maxell (Mitsubishi) 12X RW disc:
Initial format: :25
Time to copy 500 MB file: 6:15
Time to eject: 1:00
Total time: 7:45
It seems that even though the drive is capable of twice the speed with the 24x media, (I know, it’s CAV), the actual gain in speed is minimal.
The time to copy a 650MB file, using Nero DAO mode is 4:55.
I also ran the same time trials using the SAI software, WriteCD-RW, and the results were identical.
On a positive note, all the packet-written 24x discs checked out to be error-free in CDSpeed.