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Hello there.

 

Can anybody tell me what reasonably current dvd/cd rw drives support Roxio software. I've been searching for about a month and I cannot find one yet! I have a large archive of cd's and cdrw's and I need to ensure that the drive will read them. I did try a new Plextor drive but that was Nero and it was usless.

My current drive is a HP CD-Writer+9100 and i'm using Direct CD 3.05.

 

thanks

Brian

 

(if this is not in the right forum i'm sure somebody will move it... )

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Any new drive should work.A few versions back Roxio quit using Drive tables and started using Dynamic Drive Detection.The software now gets its info directly from the drive.If a drive doesn't work the first thing you should try is updating the drive to the latest firmware available.This will make sure that Roxio is getting the correct info from the drive.

DirectCD or Drag to Disc (or DLA,InCD) are bad things to base drive testing on.They are pretty unreliable apps as far as burning and saving is concerned and have a habit of taking control of one's drives.

What you could do is download the trial version of EMC9 and see if your drives work with it.

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Any new drive should work.A few versions back Roxio quit using Drive tables and started using Dynamic Drive Detection.The software now gets its info directly from the drive.If a drive doesn't work the first thing you should try is updating the drive to the latest firmware available.This will make sure that Roxio is getting the correct info from the drive.

DirectCD or Drag to Disc (or DLA,InCD) are bad things to base drive testing on.They are pretty unreliable apps as far as burning and saving is concerned and have a habit of taking control of one's drives.

What you could do is download the trial version of EMC9 and see if your drives work with it.

 

What I would like is for any members out there to just put their drive types on here so I can take a look at what seems to work. Ive tried two drives so far Plextor and a Freecom...at great expense and neither have worked

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It all depends on just what 'Roxio Software' you're using and also the OS.

 

ECD6 upwards will work in XP, ECD5 might be persuaded (with a caveat of 'no guarantees') to work with it - older programs are Windows 9x only

 

EMC9 will work with Vista - none of the rest will and, also, IE7 and WMP11 will wreck all versions prior to 9 (and have been reported as being problematic in XP even there)

 

Versions after ECD6 (the EMCx versions) use dynamic drive detection to access and identify the drive. 6 used a mixture of drive table and dynamic, earlier versions used tabl;es only so, if it's v5 or earlier, it won't recognise newer drives

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What I would like is for any members out there to just put their drive types on here so I can take a look at what seems to work. Ive tried two drives so far Plextor and a Freecom...at great expense and neither have worked

 

If you notice I have 2 drives listed in my signature and both mine have worked with both EMC8 & 9.If it's newer software and newer drives then they should work.

Direct CD 3.05 is an old version of the software and as Daithi said,chances of getting old software to work with a new drive is probably not gonna happen.The old versions used Drive tables and those haven't been updated in years.

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I think I just skimmed this until Terry brought to my attention you are using an old version of DirectCD for CD-Rs and CD-RWs.

 

First, ALL Packet-Writing programs tend to be fussy - often requiring the same Operating System and program Version to work. Different Versions are often incompatible. Different brands are incompatible. And Packet-Writing can fail for any reason or none at all.

 

Second, RW media is "burned" by melting and re-crystalizing an alluminum alloy, which promptly starts to de-crystalize taking the data with it. Generally it will last for months, but may be days or weeks or years. RW media prior to around 2002, when the alloy was changed to be both much cheaper and much shorter-lasting, is the most stable. Obviously, if you don't already have it, you won't be getting it now.

 

Third, when you add Packet-Writing together with RW media, you are not creating a back-up, for practical purposes. It may be useful for transferring data (when the original file is safely on the original computer), but it is NOT going to be there long term.

 

Bottom line: it may not be that the new burners are failing to work properly. It may be the data is lost.

 

Try cdroller (www.cdroller.com) or ISOBuster (www.isobuster.com) - both have impressive testimonials on their websites and in the Roxio Forums. Both have a free "trial" version that can check if there is anything that can be recovered before you have to pay.

 

Good luck - and let us know how it goes.

 

Lynn

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  • 2 weeks later...

But the good thing about it is you can erase it and re-use it for another project ;)

 

RW media isn't what I thought it was, and a lot of other people think it is, and a lot of authorities mistakenly say it is. My software guru was right.

 

I lost the 80% of the data that wasn't also on the Hard Drive.

 

Lynn

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Brian,

 

Are you trying to find drives that are supported by your version of Direct CD?

 

If you contact me by private message (click on the PM button under my photograph at the left of this message) I can probably help you make Direct CD 3.05 work with one of your newer drives.

 

Once we get connected I'll shift this thread to the Legacy forum where it belongs.

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