While I am something of a “cdfreak” (like to burn audio cd’s), I am not a cdgeek! So excuse, please, if my questions reflect my ignorance. I had never had cd burning issues with Roxio ECDC 5 Platinum and Win98, but when I bought a new XP Pro system with ECDC Basic bundled, my luck ran out. Skipping all the details, suffice it to say I’ve given up on ECDC and just bought Nero 5.5.
After a “clean” (per Roxio’s directions) uninstall of ECDC, I found I could not read files copied to CD-R’s, CD-RW’s or DVD-R’s using DirectCD. I have voluminous data stored on CD’s and DVD’s (including DVD-RAM, which I can still read), so I want to regain the ability to read these and read/write files copied to disks from here on.
Actually, I thought XP had the capability for drive letter access and a UDF reader, so I don’t understand why I can’t still see these files.
Anyway, I know I can download Roxio’s UDF reader, but will it cause conflicts with Nero?
And, I think I can reinstall DirectCD as a stand alone app, but I’m uncertain wheter it will conflict with Nero.
I believe InCD does not write to CD-RW’s (probably not to DVD-RAM either?), so that’s out.
I know Nero has Easywrite Reader, and I understood that it has a different reader than the one built into InCD; is that correct, and would it solve my problem and give access to my files written (including CD-RW and DVD-RAM) using DirectCD?
Also, I’ve read many posts here about unreliability of packet writing and recommendations to just use Nero’s multisession. But that’s not as convenient as drive letter access in Explorer, for day to day drag/drop of files, is it?
Keep in mind that, while there may be ways to make packet writing safe and reliable, I don’t want to be married to this computer, and I really do not yet have enough CD/DVD expertise to tweak everything just right to make it work.
So, I guess my bottom line is “what is my best bet for using Nero and retaining ability to read/write CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RAM disks, including those already written with DirectCD?”
I really would appreciate some advice from the experts here, and thanks in advance.