I have a problem with large files which I have burned onto CD and DVD on two different burners.
I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 with built in CD burner/DVD reader (Samsung) and USB2 DVD burner (Toshiba in Freecom USB box). I burned the disks using diffferent packages: Nero 5 and Roxio 6, mainly.
I am running Windows XP with 768MB RAM.
The files burn OK onto CD or DVD. The problem comes when trying to read them back - the same problem, whether I use the internal drive or the external one.
I have two large file sizes: 40MB (monochrome photos) and 120MB (colour photos). 40MB reads and copies to HDD without problems. 120MB is very slow. The CD player makes a lot of noise, like it is “hunting” or retrying.
Typically, it can take 10 minutes to copy a single 120MB file onto hard disk. The 40MB files copy in a matter of seconds.
I have been using CD burners for many years in conjunction with my photography, but only recently in such large file sizes. I am completely stumped by this problem.
Does anyone have any ideas why the file size should make such a difference to performance?