Home > Computer Hardware, Tutorial > Top CD / DVD Burning Tips and Tricks to Avoid Coasters

Top CD / DVD Burning Tips and Tricks to Avoid Coasters

by Shivaranjan on July 8, 2008

ADVERTISEMENTS

cd1 Today CD / DVD burners are a standard component in every computer be it a Desktop or a Laptop. The CD / DVD media is the most affordable and most easily available backup options that we have today. But many times we end up creating discs that are either not readable, fail to read after a period of time and ofcourse the dreaded coaster. Well now you would be wondering what this term coaster is that I keep referring. ;)

What is a CD / DVD Coaster?

Well coaster can be defined as a unreadable disc, a badly burnt disc or a disc with lot of errors.

CD / DVD Burning Tips and Tricks to Avoid Coasters:

1. Check if your CD /DVD writer has the latest firmware: Always make sure that your CD/ DVD burner has got the latest firmware. The latest firmware offered by manufacturer of your drive would have support for latest blank CD / DVD medias and bug fixes if they were present in the earlier version of firmware.

2. Always use good quality media: Those nameless flashy cheap CD / DVD are no good. The quality of these cheap media is very poor so if you use those then you are risking your backup data. It is recommended that you buy branded media that can offer good results.

3. Take care of your Media: Buying good quality media alone is not sufficient, you must also take precautions that these media don’t get damaged. Keep the blank CD / DVD media away from sunlight and dust. Before you put the blank CD / DVD media into your burner make sure that they are clean.

4. Burn at lower speed: Burn at lower speed to get the best quality burning rather than burning at max speed or using overspeeding than the rated speed. I have noticed that the slower I burn the better quality of burns I get when compared to the max rates speed. I don’t mean that you have to burn you media at 1x speed, if you have 16x rated media try to burn at 12x which is quite optimal and you also don’t loose lot of precious time.

5. Defragment your hard drive: To get the best quality burns your CD / DVD writer needs to get data at the desired speed at required rate. To achieve this the hard disk drive would need to transfer the data at that rate hence it is advisable to have your data defragmented so that hard disk drive can transfer the data without any hiccups. Even if you set the max burning speed the burn rate will slower if the data is highly fragmented.

6. Close the programs that you do not use: The CD / DVD burning is more of hard drive taxing job rather than the CPU, close all those hard disk hogging programs that you don’t intend to use. To make the burning smoother the CD / DVD burning program uses quite some RAM if you are running low on RAM close all the unwanted programs that would free up more memory to the burning application.

7. Enable DMA for CD / DVD drives: The DMA mode allows the CPU to transfer huge chunks of data to the drive thereby reducing the CPU utilization. If this mode is enabled then high speed and high quality burning can be performed. You can read here further on how to enable DMA in Windows XP.

8. Make your CD /DVD drive as Master: If you are using IDE or PATA based CD / DVD burner then it is a wise decision to make that drive as master drive to get better performance.

9. Opt for SATA based DVD drive: Planning to buy a new drive? If yes then it is better that you a SATA interface based drives as it offers better performance over its PATA counter part.

8. Enable buffer under-run protection: Enable the buffer under-run-protection in your burning application before you burn your data.

What is buffer underrun?

A buffer underrun occurs during recording if the recorder runs out of data in the recording buffer. Once the laser is on, it cannot stop and resume flawlessly; thus the pause necessitated by the underrun can cause the data on the disc to become invalid. Since the buffer is generally being filled from a relatively slow source, such as a hard disk or another CD/DVD, a heavy CPU or memory load from other concurrent tasks can easily exhaust the capacity of a small buffer. Therefore, buffer underrun protection was implemented by various individual CD/DVD writer vendors. With this technique, the laser is indeed able to stop writing for any amount of time and resume when the buffer is full again. The gap between successive writes is extremely small.

Modern burners and burning applications by default enable the buffer underrun protection but it is always better to double check it before you start your backup or burning project.

9. Use Ultra DMA (80-Conductor) IDE/ATA Cables: If you are using a PATA or IDE CD / DVD drive use the 80 pin ultra DMA IDE/ATA cable over the 40 pin cable as it offers better performance.

80_40

Image courtesy: Seagate

If you got any more tips then do let us know we will update those here.

Did you enjoy this article? Please subscribe to RSS Feed to receive all the updates!

Related Posts:

  • No related posts found

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

riding lawn mower jack June 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

We hired a local business to manage the search engine optimisation and
about a month later I checked and the site had lost a lot of traffic, is that going
to come back?

elegir Catering Dulces Bodas July 2, 2017 at 4:10 am

Ciertos distribuidores de catering no preparan alimentos, sino que se hacen cargo de configurar el comedor.

Professional Hardware July 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Computers are getting better and better in the way that they function these days.
There’s no question that people use them in their daily lives
now. If you are ready to learn about how an iPad can make your daily life easier, read on to learn about all the options.

When you are looking into purchasing an iPad you will need to look at a few things to get
the best price possible. If you want to use the iPad outside of your office or home, then you will want to buy the
more expensive version that includes 3g as well as WIFI.

Battery life is typically shorter when using heavier applications like
movies and games. Adjusting screen brightness can help to lengthen your battery life.
You are able to enjoy your iPad without requiring it to be on the
brightest environment. You shouldn’t be fooled into
convinced that iPads are only useful if you are into gaming or entertainment.
There is actually an application for whatever you can possibly envision. This consists
of home organization applications like personal costs as well as formula
books, calculators, and anything else possible.
Before you get an app, you should check out any alternatives
that are cheaper or even free. Often popular applications have free light variations that are basically the identical thing except; They include advertisements.
If this won’t bother you, it could be a sensible way to save a few bucks.

You should use shortcuts for text messages. Just touch your space club 2
times as you type a sentence, and an interval and space can look at the end.
You will not need to labor over your messages like this.

https://www.facebook.com/treatingibs/ July 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

What are the root causes of cranky digestive tract disorder?

travel guide vietnam July 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm

You will find that Pocket – Guide is easy to use
and the audio is crisp and clear. The airport is near Da Lat Lien Khuong Airport is the second
largest airport in South Vietnam. Most microwave ovens well into
the late 60s were unaffordable conveniences that only a few thousand people owned.

great home improvement July 18, 2017 at 12:40 am

I would like to take the opportunity of saying thanks to
you for the professional advice I have continually enjoyed checking
out your site. We’re looking forward to the actual commencement of my school research and the
overall groundwork would never have been complete without checking
out your web site. If I could be of any assistance to others,
I will be happy to help as a result of what I have gained from here.

Snapchat Hack Without Ads July 18, 2017 at 2:11 am

This design is wicked! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained.

Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job.
I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you
presented it. Too cool!

my site July 18, 2017 at 4:01 am

Thanks for the marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it,
you can be a great author. I will ensure that
I bookmark your blog and will eventually come back someday.
I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your
great posts, have a nice holiday weekend!

Extenze Information July 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm

With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems
of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a
lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a
lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any solutions to help protect against
content from being ripped off? I’d really appreciate it.

alphacs.ro July 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Hi, I desire to subscribe for this blog to obtain most up-to-date updates, therefore where
can i do it please help.

Blackroll Härtegrad July 20, 2017 at 2:18 am

000 Behandlungen zur dauerhaften Haarentfernung durch.

https://foursquare.com/ July 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm

000 Lichtimpulse) für ca. 7 Jahre halten.

Aline July 21, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Next because each resort loyalty program differs in how much points are worth, we compared a wide range
of rewards based stays with the dollar worth the same keep
would have value.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: