Test Read-Write Errors for Optical Drives

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#1

I have found on my storage a bunch of my old PATA optical drives. Since i quit desktop i have been using a lot of laptops/netbooks and i am sure i can make use of them as external drives.

But how can i bench test them to see if they will still operate without any read/write errors.

The bunch consists of:

-Lite-On DVD-ROM
-Yamaha CD-RW
-Plextor CD-RW
-Plextor DVD-RW
-Nec DVD-RW
-Pioneer DVD-RW


#2

Maybe the Plextor, Nec and Pioneer DVD-RW drives are worth testing. I have a USB to SATA/PATA adapter but I found that it does not work reliably with all drives. Maybe you should look for something similar or for an external enclosure?


#3

I have cables and adapters that not my issue. What i am asking is ways to test the hardware performance of the drives. Like hddtune checks for bad sectors on hard drives, what is there to check performance for optical ones


#4

In reading tests I would use different disc types (like cd-r, dvd+r, dvd-r dl) for reading.
You can check if the drives are reading at full speed and also you can use cd-rw\dvd-rw for writing tests if you have any available.