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    Name: 24/10/40A
    Company: Plextor
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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsStorage Jun 4th, 2020 - 3:24 PM EST
    Plextor 24x10x40a CD-RW
    Author: Tom Solinap
    Date Posted: December 5th, 2001
    SLRating: 9/10


    BURN-proof technology has been present on Plextor drives for some time now and has become quite popular since its inception. If you are already familiar with this, just move on the next section. BURN-proof or Buffer Underrun Proof is basically a method to eliminate buffer underrun errors that would otherwise cause you to lose a CD. These errors happen when the information being transferred onto the CD is not being relayed to the recorder fast enough causing the buffer to run out and thus recording to stop as well. If BURN-proof were not present, the CD would be wasted and recovery probably wouldn't be possible. BURN-proof allows the recorder to stop recording and still keeps its place on the CD to resume when the buffer is full again. So you don't have to worry about multi-tasking and doing other things on the computer while burning a CD.

    First Impression and Installation

    Having reviewed the 16X PlexWriter, the 24X did not have the same impact the first one did. The box and packaging are pretty much identical to the 16X version. Even the drives are identical with only the 24/10/40A label being different. As always, the retail drive I received came with all the trimmings, the documentation, the software CD, mounting screws, an IDE cable, a CD-R and CD-RW. Installing the drive wasn't as easy this time because I already had 3 other drives in my computer, which include a 48X Mistumi drive, a Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A, and a Pioneer 16X DVD drive. The built in drive rails made installation a snap. Adding that extra drive meant stretching some IDE cables a little since my Antec SX1030B was a little tall. Luckily the IDE cable that came with the drive was long enough to reach everything, and there were enough power connectors to get everything juiced up. After messing around with the wires and making sure everything was in properly I powered the up the system. First problem, 2 of the 4 drives weren't being recognized. I shut everything down and then checked again. The problem turned out to be the jumpers. Silly me didn't set one of the drives to slave like I should have. For a minute there I thought I broke the IDE connector on the motherboard because I was stretching the cable really tight. It was pretty satisfying to see all the drive bays in the case actually being used up. Windows XP started up as always and installed everything necessary. I then installed the Roxio software. To make it compatible with XP, I had to download an update from the Roxio site. I also checked on the Plextor site to see if there were any firmware upgrades to the drives I had. After downloading the updates and installing them, I was ready to test.

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    1. Introduction/Specs & Features
    2. Z-CLV/PowerRec II
    3. BURN-proof/First Impression & Installation
    4. Performance
    5. Is It A Worthy Upgrade?/Value
    6. Pros & Cons/Conclusion

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