Lynn has asked me to carry on, rather than having two of us talking with you.
Packet-writing as used by Direct CD is fine within its limits, but can be catastrophic if things go wrong. Unfortunately the difference between that and "ordinary CD" writing is rarely made clear to new entrants to writing CDs. I think if that difference was made clearer people would have less problems.
I really need your full Roxio version number and your recorder's ID string to be able to help you further. Here's how to get that information for me.
-Run Easy CD Creator in a data project, click the help item on the top toolbar, and select "About Easy CD Creator". A box will open. The full version number is shown in there.
-Right click My Computer, select properties, (then hardware, if in XP), Device Manager. Find the DVD/CDROM icon, click on the + alongside to expand it and you will see an icon and text information for each CD/DVD device installed. This text is the ID String. Please quote it exactly.
-what operating system are you running on your OLD system?
-on your NEW system?
-apart from the lack of space on your OLD system, are you able to read all those CDs in it?
-how much space do you have left on the C: drive of the OLD system?
-what version of Windows Media Player or any other music programs do you have on the OLD system?
Now, I understand you got some of your pictures into a folder/directory on your hard drive, and then tried to do something. You didn't say WHAT you tried to do, but I'm guessing it had something to do with CD Creator because Creator complained that it didn't know your drive, and made all sorts of suggestions about updating.
It looks to me as if Creator might have been broken, but we can work on that as soon as I get your answers back. To answer your question, since Direct CD and CD Creator are very different systems it's possible for one program to keep working while the other is broken.
Our aim is to get your Creator working properly too, so you can read the old CDs in with Direct CD and then write the data out on fresh discs with Creator. Please come back to me with the information I need:
-Easy CD version
-ID string of the writer
-operating systems both machines
-can you read all the old CDs
-space left on the old system
-WMP and other music programs