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anyone who knows about computers?!

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
About 8 months ago I got a CD Re-writer to use with my computer but i have never been able to get it to work fully.
It crashes half-way through copying a music CD or while having mp3's transferred.

My computer is very cluttered, it's got quite alot of music on it along with some useless files, downloads etc and probably a few viruses.
However I'm not exactly an expert so I'm unsure how to clear it up so that my cd writer might work properly.
A friend has told me to carry out defragmentation through the c-drive. I've never done that before but he says it sorts out your files. I'm thinking about taking it to PC world or somewhere to get them to sort it out but that's gonna cost lots of money.

Can anyone help me as to how I de-clutter my computer to stop this cd writer constantly crashing?

Thanks - x

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ok, easiest way....
    how much stuff do you have on your PC that you really need, documents and so forth?
    Copy ALL the documents and files you think are important onto floppy disk.
    Make sure you have the original CD's that came with your PC, they will include the Windows 98/ME/XP CD-Rom, as well as startup disks.
    When you have copied all your important stuff, this is where it gets difficult.
    Switch the PC off, and on again. While it is loading up insert the Windows boot disk (should be a floppy disk) OR press CTRL. You will be taken to a new screen asking what you want to do next.

    If you pressed CTRL then select the option for DOS Command mode, or DOS prompt.
    When it gets there, type in FORMAT C:\
    it will ask if you are sure, select YES. The computer will then wipe EVERYTHING from your PC that is on the C:\ drive including Windows.
    When it is finished, insert the CD and type in win98/me/xp/2000 depending on what it is. Then type setup.

    if you inserted the floppy startup disk then all of this will be easier.

    You MUST be absolutely sure, however once you have reinstalled Windows everything will run a LOT faster. Don't attempt this alone, make sure you have a friend who is quite knowledgeable about PC's. And don't take it to PC world, they'll rip you off and this is something that will be useful for you to learn yourself.


    If you DONT want to wipe everything, then trawl through your PC deleting stuff you don't need. Install a virus killer and do a system scan, then run the defragmenter. To do this, goto My computer, right click on drive C:\ and click on properties, then click on tools and then on Defragment and click start.
    this will take a few hours, so it's best to leave it on over night. However all of this will take a lot longer than formatting and reinstalling windows and might not work.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I would say one of the best things to do to make CD writing more reliable is to make sure you've got at least 1gb of hard disk space spare so your cd-writer can use it temporarily. This will probably mean getting rid of excess mp3's *cough* porn *cough* and temporary internet files. (See Tools->Internet Options->General in IE).

    Don't run tasks while writing cds, such as games, having an open internet connection or Microsoft programs.

    Defragmenting may work, but probably won't make much difference. It will take between 4 and 8 hours to do.

    Hope this helps
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You dont think formatting is a tad extreme Whowhere? Maybe if she had CDs to backup onto but nobody can backup their stuff on floppies these days. Id definately leave formatting until its the last resort.

    Pink Soda,

    What make of CD writer are you using? What software did it come with? Probably Nero or the Adaptec thing. You should try reinstalling the drivers and the writing software.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    not really, I format my computer as a matter of routine every 4-5 months. Everything runs faster, it gives me 6gb of space that i didn't know I had, my pc won't crash anywhere near half as much.

    if you know how to do it, then formatting will garner you better long term results than defragging it.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Whowhere - yeah a friend also suggested I do that but it seems a bit drastic so I will use it as a last resort. But yeah there is a load of stuff I never need so I will go through and delete alot of it. I have been doing some of that but it doesn't seem to have made any difference. Thanks for the advice as I wasn't sure exactly how to do the whole formatting thing..sounds pretty complicated though.

    Ortang - I've looked to see how much space there is on the hard drive but for some reason every time it says I have used none, which can't be right.

    Baldog - the cd writer I have is Memorex and the software is called Roxio: Easy CD Creator...
    I could try re-installing it but it does sometimes get half way through copying a cd so I think it is installed properly.

    Thanks for all the advice so far
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Whowhere
    not really, I format my computer as a matter of routine every 4-5 months. Everything runs faster, it gives me 6gb of space that i didn't know I had, my pc won't crash anywhere near half as much.

    if you know how to do it, then formatting will garner you better long term results than defragging it.

    Damn id kill myself if i had to that..I only format when i fuck up my comp..Maybe once a year...Ive got way too much stuff to format regularly..My comp doesnt crash tho so i guess id prolly do it more often if it did.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I gotta agree with Balddog. The reason mentioned, and probably the main use of the CD writer is to make up music CDs. Unless Pink Soda has broadband, it will take ages to download all the songs again :( If you have more than one hard drive though, I'd copy all the essential documents/music etc. to another drive, then go with formatting the main one.
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