I managed to snag a heckuva deal (30 bucks after rebate) on a 16x10x40 CD-RW drive this past weekend. Before that, I'd been using an ancient Ya-mama-ha 4x4x16 SCSI drive. I can't tell you how much better it is to burn a 700MB disc in 5 minutes instead of 25 minutes.


I burned a pile of CDs this weekend—probably about 30. I had needed to clear up space on my hard drive for a long while, but the prosepect of burning two discs an hour for 60 hours somehow didn't appeal to me.

Anyhow, this no-name 16x10x40 drive is very nice. (OK, it's a Digital Research rebadged from an I/OMagic which is prolly rebadged from something else.) I haven't made a coaster yet. And this thing came with a software suite from a company called NTI. It's got an Easy CD Creator clone and a DirectCD (packet writing filesystem thingy) clone, both of which seem to be better than the originals. Plus, there's a program that will burn an image of your hard drive to CDs for backup purposes, and the thing runs right inside of Windows. I'm shocked. Anyone have any experience with this NTI software?

And by all means, if you have been living with a 4X CD-RW drive or (shudder) something slower, go find a bargain on a 16x10x40 or better. Even the cheapy drives seem pretty good now that buffer underrun protection is nearly ubiquitous.

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