I’ve been pretty much fed up with the bloatware that calls itself CD burning software for some time. I’ve used Nero (6) for years mainly because it’s always been reliable and relatively easy to work with but recent versions are bloated pigs with software I certainly don’t need. All I need is something that can burn CDs any which way.
After my recent Vista install though Nero 6 no longer works – it gets hung up on trying to write the CD drive. Nero did work in Beta 2, but not in RC1. So for kicks I tried installing Nero 7.0 which supposedly is Vista ready (according to Ahead), but it gives a warning before installation even and bombs in the middle of the install altogether. Nice. Gotta love false advertising by these companies. I can’t imagine giving these guys any more money for this pile underperforming worst of breed software that they bundle in these packages.
Next – I tried Windows to burn a CD for a backup and that actually worked fine, but it’s PAINFULLY slow. Just adding the files to the burn folder for a 4 gig DVD showed it was going to take 2 and a half hours. WTF? I tried burining a smaller DVD with a few hundred meg and even that process took nearly half an hour while tieing up the machine with massive CPU usage. WTF are they doing just to copy the damn files? So after some more back and forth I decided I have to get something burned and so I set up a more complete backup. Here's what the dialog read after a running for about 10 minutes:
Funny, huh? It stayed like that for about 20 minutes, then jumped down to 28 minutes after that...
Anyway. I’m looking for some sort of light weight alternative that hopefully will work under Vista. I took a quick look around a few utilities but found that several of these also don’t recognize the drive on the system here or outright fail to run under Vista for OS checks.