I just did some research into CD recording because I've been setting up a hand-
me-down computer for myself. I thought you might appreciate the news. It's a
Windows machine, so if you're a Linux buff, you'll be bored.
Apparently, my problems with reliably burning backups onto CDR have to do with
two things: Windows2000 and Adaptec/Roxio are incompatible (and XP is worse),
and 80 minute CDRs are throwaways... not dependable enough to backup your data
to. 74 minute CDRs are what you should use if you want to be able to read your
data back perfectly. I had never heard of this until I read the faq below...
I think I'll opt for Nero, as a competitor to Roxio "Easy CD Creator"
and "Direct CD." But now that I've gone on this odyssey, I figure you can
benefit from my research with a few links:
Roxio - Win2000/XP incompatibility:
Serious CD how-to's, detailed explanations, and hardware/software reviews:
Record Now MAX competitor to Roxio:
Nero CD recording:
(Nero does not play well with others.. specifically Direct CD software...
see the cdrfaq above for "how to remove DirectCD from your computer" before you
install it. In my case, I built the system from scratch on a new hard disk, so
I didn't have DirectCD installed, but most computers come with it already