Question on BurnProof Software
If I use a CD-Burner "Alone" without a CD-ROM does this make "burn-proof" software basically useless ?
After all, reading from a HD should provide fast enough data transfer to prevent "buffer underruns" Correct ?
Not all CD burners do DAE, and the ones that do don't all do it well.
BURN proof technology became a necessity for IDE (atapi) burners due to the inherent limitations of the IDE interface. Eventhough it sound weird with modern IDE disks being so fast to be unable to provide a constant stream of data at such a low pace as 1.2MB/s (8x burning) to 3.2MB/s, the IDE architecture has NO multitasking potential. With modern operating systems, multitasking is common nowadays. Even a small write of a few kbytes in IExplorer's cache while surfing is enough to prevent a 40MB/s (sustained) capable drive from keeping up with even 1.2MB/s for the burner. Like I said, it's the limitation of the interface.
Remember that if the CDRW and the HD where it reads from are on the same channel you are guaranteed to have problems as IDE channels are completely taken over by either device (master or slave). Streaming data from the disk will be almost impossible.
You can use the burner as your only optical drive for you system. If you stress the system during burning, BURN proof will kick in. Remember though that BURN proof increases total recording time.
No, if you have a burner alone, the technology still helps. The burn proof technology resides in the drive though and not int he software, if I am not mistaken. Certain drives are BP where any software can be used with them. As long as the burner is on a different IDE channel fromt he hard drive sending the data, you should be in good shape.
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