I have acquired a Plextor Premium CD burner for use in long-term archiving of important data and collected music. My emphasis is on data accuracy and longevity, not on time savings.
I ran a preliminary series of burn-speed tests on various media, hoping to deduce the proper speeds for lowest errors. I quickly learned that Plextor’s PoweRec feature makes this task a bit more complicated than I am used to. I have studied Plextor’s white papers, talked to their tech line, and reviewed various posts in this forum. I still badly need help.
Although I will probably want to use PoweRec when eventually burning my archives, I would like to turn it off while testing my media (MAM-A and TY). I go into Plextools to turn it off, but it won’t stay off. I use the Prassi-engine burner ONES for writing my CDs. It does not offer an option for disabling PoweRec. Consequently, PoweRec makes speed adjustments during my test burns, greatly complicating my media-evaluation tests.
Has anyone discovered a way to temporarily disable PoweRec so that straightforward burn-speed tests can be run? If not, is there some other approach to determining what burn speed I should set in my burning software, in order to achieve lowest errors?
I hesitate to simply set the speed at “Max” and let PoweRec decide the speed on its own. Plextor says PoweRec allows you to burn as fast as possible while maintaining “good” quality. I myself would like to get the “highest” quality, and I don’t care if it takes longer to get it.
One final question on Plextor/Plextools burn-speed testing:
Plextools offers me a max error scan speed of 10-24X CAV. Other drives I have owned offered 52X scan rates. Many people have recommended testing at the highest available rate (to really discriminate). Why does Plextor limit scanning to 24X?
Many thanks for any insight on any of these issues. I have already test burned a couple dozen discs, and I am still very unsure of how to choose my burn speeds for this new piece of equipment.