OK Lets give an example. I was trying to get a dvdr working over usb2 which is a black art. Trying different usb->ide's and diff pc's it is very unreliable (< 50%) now often the dvd will just stop half way through. Nero just sits there ticking away and locks up, even turning off the drive it still wont exit. You get no error mess and have to force close it OR reboot sometimes. I tried RecordNow max which seems to be the fav here. That gave a real error message on some occasions. Other times, you were at least able to abort and close the program down, like you should be.
I genuinely believe that Nero is poorly written and I say this from 20 years of coding experience and base it on the way the gui works and the software is unable to cope with anything going wrong. It is all style and no content, loads of irrelevant bloat and shiny graphics yet little care on making a solid reliable app. Bugs are far less acceptable IMO in critical software like this. I HAVE to verify everything as dvd burning software is just not that reliable. Nero often fails a verify however on perfectly correct burns. The interface on nero is ridiculous, do a multi session disc, burn it, then change the label & files, it sets itself to continue multi and grays out other options, so you have to create a totally new disc, with all new settings, the prog is a joke, i could go on, anyone who has used 4-5 diff progs knows this.
Instant-cd, my fav for last year has gone bloat, and didnt seem to like usb2 at all (had to use the usb driver and then it fukd like other swares) so I was looking for a replacment, more fool me.
It appears that if you do get usb2 - dvdr working u r lucky, despite knowing pc's inside out I am no closer to a reliable solution. perhaps a proper usb2 drive would work better than the enclosure method but I dont have the time for all this so will prolly go firewire.