hardware error spindle servo failure (4:0x09:0x03)
From what I could gather, that is usually a result of a buffer under run or a conflict between the writer ans some other device in the system.
Now you burner having the burn-proff capabilities would rejects the first theory. Now On to the second . . . hmmm.
You did give me some information but unfortuneatley I was not able to get the information I want and I tell you why.
I know you are running a P4 system but I need to know what is the make of the Chipset on your board i.e. Intel or VIA or etc . . .
That would determine what if any specific chipset drivers you might need to install in your board that could effectively enhance your IDE bus speed dramatically.
You did mention the details about your Primary Master and Primary Slave that was attached to your Primary IDE Controller but forgot to mention the very same information about the SECONDARY IDE controller.
According to your information the Primary IDE has the Hard Drive attach to it as it shows class (UDMA 5) which is only for H.D.D. and not CD/RW as they are usually UDMA Mode 2 (33).
I can only assume that you have the burner attached to the secondary IDE channel but I can not guess if you have installed the burner as a Secondary Master or Seconday Slave.
Believe it or not that can make a huge difference, specially if you are chaning anything else from that IDE controller.
I can suggest that you make sure that if you have the burner installed on the secondary channel you make that the Secondary Master and NOT Slave.
Based on your information again I can assume that you have connected the DVD-ROM on the Secondary IDE Channel but I am not sure again Master or Slave.
Now although this setup can work most of the time most burning programs suggest againt it and would suggest that you do not attach your DVD-Rom or CD-Rom (reader in this case) on the SAME IDE channel as it has been claimed that it can hamper the performance quite a bit.
My suggestion would be to try the DVD-Rom as a Primary Slave and leave the burner as Secodary Master. As you don’t have more than one hard drive I would not think that would be a great concern.
Once you have made the proper connection as described above, check your IDE Bus transfer Mode in device manager and you should have UDMA Mode 2 (33) and Not PIO/4.
Lastly make sure that you have the latest ASPI driver ( Advance SCSI Programming Interface) Now it does not mena that you have to have SCS gear, this is how this was named. Its a program that your system uses to comminicate with your burner.
Although Clone is independant of ASPI drivers, most other CD burning programs are dependant on it and upgrading to the latest version which is 4.60(1021) if you don’t have any Adaptec hardware in your system and 4.70 if you have any adpatec hardware in your system.
I do realise that sometimes you have to read the original at the low speeds like 4X as the CD might not be in perfect condition, but with your setup and the latest clone, given the nature of the protection that you have described, there should be no reason that you can not read and write at the maximum speed your CD/RW allows.