After some 15 years of being a dedicated burner, I am at a crossroads and am having to ask for help after having installed 2 brand new Asus DRW-24F1st b ATA DVD burners.
I have run Microsoft's Fixit.dvd.RNP.Run.exe thinking that there may have been a compatibility problem. There was some filtering changes but it came through with the statement that my 2 drives were ready to use.
As of today, every burned disc is now a coaster. I have tried other software, namely Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 which I purchased 3-4 years ago. It's now gone to the internet bitbucket.
So here I'm stuck with one of the highest rated burners, namely, ImgBurn v184.108.40.206 as my sole burning device. I installed it some 4 months ago and had nothing to say but slow down as the slowest my older burners would burn at was 8x. Much too fast for my taste buds. But every DVD came out perfect. I use 2 Md5 programs for checking every burn: namely MD5 Checker for the source files and MD5 Summer for the summary of everything in the directory/folder(s) being burned.
I purchased the ASUS burners as I presumed the compatibility would be perfect as I've been running for the last 5 years an ASUS P7P55D-E motherboard, with 8G ram. The OS is Windows 7 Ultimate.
Here's the bizaree part of each bad burn. It's always the last source folder listed alphabetically that shows bad sectors. That is to say, if I have 10 folder in a directory, it's #10 subfolder that both my MD5 progies eventually says its unreadable. Always!
Originally, a week ago when I put in the burners, I began, as usual, to burn straight data folders with Ice's ECC recovery volumes filling up the rest of the DVD. This ECC recovery program is nothing short of amazing. if you notice my snapshot, my redundancy rate generally runs between 120-150% of the source data. So I'm burning some 2000-2100 mg of data with the remaining space of 2500+ balance of a 4.7 disc being devoted to Ice ECC recovery volumes. Therefore, I can recover the entire DVD not just an individual file. This is something QuickPar could never do. And by the way, for some 10-12 years, I've used nothint but Sony DVD-R. I have quite a few spindles full of Sony discs that are 14-15 years old and are still Perfect! DVD+R's don't work as they are not compatible with ICE's ECC system.
I switched to converting the source files to an ISO a couple of days ago, thinking that whatever the problem is, this may make it easier being burned.
No change. Every DVD has bad sectors shown in the last sub folder/folder.
Being the last folder made me think that I have a buffer problem inside of Win7.
So I started reburning with Cacheman 7.9 controlling the memory's cache files. Again No Change. Yesterday, I installed WinISO to see if the ISO it created were close in side.
They weren't. Still No Change in the validation process of the last source folder. So WinIso is now history also.
Is my problem with ImgBurn? I'm at a loss. Is 6x too slow keeping in mind that my DVD's are maxed-out in size. I personally think it's still a caching problem, but have nothing to fall back on. Or is it the ASUS burners?
Oh, and by the way, it's not my OS. Every morning I run sfc /scannow when I 1st turn it on. Never a violation.
Any food for thought would be helpful to say the least.