OK, so I backed up my files on CD, then reformatted my harddrive and reinstalled Windows. Once I got it all running, I quickly checked that the drives could read and such and they all worked, but I didnt try writing a cd. When I needed to write one the other day, the drive just kept saying that I didnt have a blank disk, so I tried other disks and they also didnt work. I contacted Yamaha (I had a CRW2100EZ) and they said that the drive was toast. I kind of don't believe it since I wrote a disk a day or so before I reformatted, but I can't figure out what else I can do since they will not help me. Seems like a generic response to something they do not want to troubleshoot, but there are no conflicts showing in the device manager so I wouldn't even know where to start!
At any rate, since it is sometimes easier to replace things than fix them, I am in the market for a new burner. I was thinking of taking this opportunity to upgrade to a DVD burner (since it took 4 CDs to backup my files!), but I don't know anything about them. What are the pros/cons versus a CD-RW? Which one should I get? Should I get a SCSI or IDE?
BTW, my computer is:
640 MB RDRAM
64 MB Elsa Gloria III
Kenwood TrueX 52x CDrom
Yamaha CRW2100EZ burner (will be removing)
Thanks for the help in advance!