CD-RW Software issue?

Compact presario / S4300nx
August 4, 2009 at 06:49:34
Specs: Windows XP
Could by XP software becausing my CD-RW drive not to work?

After installing my new hard drive and reinstalling all of my software, I went to create recovery CDs and kept getting "SCSI CDB delivery failed, CD aborted writing," "sytem call failed aborted," error messages.

My system is Windows XP Home Edition SP3, Pentium 4HT 2.4 GHZ, 512MB RAM and 320 GB SATA I hard drive. All graphics and controllers are integrated into the motherboard which is a P4SD-LA (Stingray).

This is a Sony OEM drive (CRX215E5) so very little is on Sony's support web site. I down loaded the Sony Drive Check v2 diagnostic program for the model without the E5 designation and ran it. The drive checked out fine for reading data disks and playing music, but when running the record test it would not recognize the CD-RW disk. I get "Please insert disk" messages. I tried a Sony branded disk, still no dice. I tried a Sony and TDK CD-R and still got error messages. I ran the PC Doctor Utility on my system and got the same errors on trying to write to a CD. My disk buring software (Sonic) gives similar messages.

I deleted the CD driver and reloaded it, but it made no difference. I had not used this drive for a long time so I am not sure if it was not working previously or if I did something in the installation of my new HD and reinstall of my software. I checked the dirve cables and they are all tight. The one thing I did different is update the firmware (6.1M-5.0F) per the Compaq support site. I did see one post that claimed their drive stopped working after doing this. If that was universal I think HP would have fixed it. Besides only my RW function is not working.

Any suggestion on how to fix this? Should I assume my RW function is dead and replace the drive? Is there anyway to reverse a frimware update? What brand of drive would you recommend and what should I look for in selecting a new one? The old one is a slave on a IDE cable. I do have an empty SATA I plug on my mother board. I don't know if the can be used.

Thanks, Bill

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August 4, 2009 at 07:22:35
If I understand your post you removed the original hard drive and replaced it with a new SATA hard drive.

Then you installed WinXP and programs on the new drive?

Now you want to make a recovery disk? Recovery disks are created from the data on a hidden partition on the original hard drive. So there is no data to work from. Besides that you only get ONE opportunity to make a recovery set.

If I am misunderstanding what you are trying to do and you are trying to make backup/images of your partition using third party software then post what software you are using, including the version.

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August 4, 2009 at 09:12:09
I never created an original set of recovery disks on my original hard drive. The third party recovery disks came from Computer Surgeons. The are suppose to be identical to the original part from HP/Compaq. I used them and they created a new hidden partition on my drive. At the end of the install they asked if I wanted to create a set of recovery disks. This is when I discovered the CD write problem. I do plan to use my USB HD to create an image later as opposed to just backup files.

Put recovery disks aside. My CD drive will not write any files to a CD. I was trying to figure out if this is a failed drive or a software issue.

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August 4, 2009 at 11:03:20
I suggest that you purchase a new CD/DVD RW drive. They are inexpensive and you probably should have a DVD drive for backup anyway.

If you don't want to do that, borrow a drive from a friend for testing.

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August 4, 2009 at 11:20:52

I just wanted to be sure I had eliminated any software issues before pulling the drive.


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