Originally posted by deaves
I want to build a new machine to allow me to burn 4 CDs at a time.
MY QUESTION: Has anyone here every actually burned to more than one IDE CDRW drive at the same time? Do you suggest I spend the extra money to get 3 more plextors or should i go cheap and get 4 Sonys. Does anyone else also hate/love their yamaha 16x? How about software? has anyone did a mutiburn yet? (what software)?
Thanks for your help. ..adam
I'll start by saying I'd admire your drive and ambition. Hat's off, dude.
I've never done a multi-burn, although my system does have 2 writers: a JVC 2x SCSI(which is slated for retirement) and a Yamaha CRW2100 IDE, which I've had really good luck with.
You are right, the Yamaha is a noisy drive. Only disappointment I have had with the drive is that i have never made a 16x burn, but it could be the media. I've attempted max burn speed with Nero5.0, 5.5, EzCD 5, and CDRWin 3. Best I've attained without having a new addition to my pc desk coaster collection is 12x on a cd-to-cd copy. Audio best speed is 8x. But, even these results are good to me, after spending 3 yrs burning at 1x and 2x.
Based on my knowledge of pc hardware, I think IDE burners are out of the question for your idea. Not because of the burners, but because of the IDE controllers. Unless there's a really good IDE add-on card out there, you will suffer nothing but buffer overruns with more than 1 drive per IDE controller, especially when the other drive on the controller is another burner. It's just too much data back and forth across the same device.
SCSI drives may work though. Multi drive duplicators have SCSI controllers and drives, for instance.
Please remember, this is just my opinion.