A CD-R drive is a mechanism that copies any identified data onto blank compact discs, but one time only. A CD-R drive is definitely a useful tool, especially if you are the type of computer user who frequently downloads stuff from the World Wide Web. Aside from the fact that copying the downloaded stuff onto blank CDs frees up your personal computer's hard disk space, using the CD-R drive as a tool to back up crucial data sure makes the extra expenses of the hardware and empty CDs worth it. However, CD-R drives can experience some very common problems. Described below are some of the troubleshooting steps you can perform in case your CD-R drive decides to act up on you.
- Consider trying other brands of discs. Maybe the reason your CD-R drive is acting up is that the blank CDs you are using are just way too substandard. Try shifting brands next time you hit the computer supplies store. Better yet, avoid buying blank compact discs in bulk. This way, you get to try out other brands more often to test their quality.
- Get the appropriate cable connectors. Make sure that the cable connectors you are using to hook up the CD-R drive to the computer are of good quality. While standard issue cables come in the box when you buy the hardware, it is always best to get a supplementary cable that's wider. Also, try to get shorter cables to make sure that transfer of data is optimized.
- Always check the Web site of your CD-R's manufacturer. Computer peripheral manufacturers such as those that make CD-R drives periodically issue new drivers to make the machine more efficient. Make it a habit to check your CD-R drive's manufacturer Web site to make sure that your machine is not missing out on these important system updates.
- Avoid overloading your machine at all times. Opening too many tools and applications while in the process of writing data onto blank CDs not only tends to slow the copying process, but puts too much strain on your computer as well. Make sure that you set the writing speed at an acceptable rate and close any tools and applications that are not necessary.
Compatibility issues are the main problems with generic computer peripherals such as CD-R drives. This is especially true with operating systems. Getting operating system upgrades tends to interfere with a good functioning CD-R drive, especially older models. To make sure that you avoid these complications, it would be a good idea to be acquainted with the system requirements of any product, whether software or hardware, before you install it on your computer.