Burnt CDR Read Problem
While I speak very honestly when I tell you that I have never had a drive that can run this fast, I also speak the truth when I tell you that I have never had a CD-ROM drive that has such a hard time reading burned disks. I've used CD-R disks from several different manufacturers, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I've tried music CD-R's, backup game disks that I've burned copies of (both protected and non protected), and straight data CD's. Nearly half the time I attempt to read these disks, the drive will just spin non-stop and it will be unable to read the disk. Even when Windows Explorer is opened up, the drive is unable to even display a title of the burned disk. If you click on the CD drive letter when this is happening, it will tell you that the disk in the drive is unreadable, or sometimes even tell you that there is no disk at all! I absolutely love the outrageous speed of this drive, but this is totally unacceptable. I spend too much time downloading large patches and game demos to not make copies of them. This is just common sense (especially when some of the patches and demos are over 100MB in size). I don't feel that it is asking too much to be able to have my CD-ROM drive to have the ability to read them when I want to access the information on the disk.
I've been using this drive now for about 4 months and have found it to be as fast as it claims to be. When I load up programs from a CD, it just simply flies. It is quiet as a mouse and has nearly no noticeable vibration. It meets all factory claims concerning it being a star performer, even to the point of having programs pick it up as a 68x as far as actual speed.
it's also the absolute worst drive that I have ever had with regards to reading burned data. When it refuses to read a CD-R disk nearly half the time I feed it one, then it's just not a drive that I can give a high recommendation to. Even with the most current firmware provided by Kenwood installed, it fails to read burned media. I have searched the web for solutions to this problem, but have been unable to find any.
If you're in the market for a drive that will fly through most tasks that you give it, AND you use it to read factory disks, then you can't go wrong with this drive. It has proven itself to be both fast and reliable when dealing with this sort of media.
BUT, if you are like me and enjoy burning information to disk for future use (and the convenience of not having to download those 18+ MB game patches and 100+ MB game demos again), then you will probably be better off with a drive from another maker. When a drive refuses to read burned data, then it's not fulfilling its purpose.
Rating - 7 / 10