PlexWriter 8/4/32A CDRW - Page 3
Manager 2000: After
installing the various utilities in Windows, the CD-RW takes
on 2 additional property tabs accessed via right-clicking
its icon. As
you can see, this displays useful drive information and also
allows one to customize various drive settings.
The Plextor Manager 2000
CD-ROM consists of 4 main utilities, namely Audio Capture
2000, Disc Dupe 2000, MVP 2000 and AudioFS 2000.
Let’s focus on each to see their offerings:
Audio Capture 2000:
In short, this is simply a CD-Audio track ripper
that allows one to “rip” out entire tracks from your
favourite audio CD and convert them for storage as
“.wav” files on your HDD. In my opinion, this doesn’t really add any commercial value
to the bundle, as I believe other free CD-ripping software
also commonly exists on the Internet.
So I guess such a utility does make the package more
complete, but I would rather Plextor had focused on
CD-Writing software itself, being more specialized and core
to the drive’s usage.
audio tracks works easily and perfectly well with
the Plextor drive.
Disc Dupe 2000:
This utility allows one to theoretically perform a
CD-ROM to CD-R/RW copy (both “On-The-Fly” or via a
Temporary File Image).
But unfortunately, the utility just couldn’t detect
my Sony DVD-ROM drive as my source CD-ROM Master.
At first I suspected it to be a configuration problem
(being a DVD-ROM) or my physical setup.
However on further scrutiny of the manual, I realized
that the utility only supports Plextor CD-ROM drives as
source drives (explicitly stated)!
So I guess this makes “On-The-Fly” CD-R/RW
replication unusable for me, and others alike who do not
possess another Plextor CD-ROM drive as a source. But having said that, one could still use the Imaging method of
first copying all source data onto a Temp Image on your HDD,
and then transfer that Master image onto a blank CD-R (by
swapping discs on the Plextor CD-RW).
Still, I found this shortcoming unforgiving, as it
would have been extremely practical to incorporate support
for generic source drives.
why weren’t generic source drives supported I
Besides being a generic audio/video player that handles
standard audio CDs, MPEG-1s, “.wav” files, MP3s, etc,
alike, this application also serves as the base for
configuring the suite of PM2000 utilities for your drive.
But as before, I found little commercial value in
this app and could easily have used Windows Media Player
(inbuilt into Win98) for all my playback needs.
still prefer WinAmp as my CD cum MP3 player…
2000: This is
not really a program but a driver that allows one to extract
out Audio CD tracks and convert them to “.wav” files
just by dragging + dropping them via Windows Explorer.
Innovative as it may sound, actually a freeware
version similarly exists (CDFS.vxd) that simply replaces
Window’s default version.
Needless to say, the meagre
CD-Writing software capabilities offered by PM2000 seem
insufficient for even my archiving + backing-up needs.
However, granted that it was an OEM drive I received
afterall, I guess I can’t complain.
But do note that one most definitely has to purchase
additional third-party writing software to get the most out
of such an OEM drive. In
the end, I did myself a favour and bought a copy of
Adaptec’s Easy CD Creator 4 and Direct CD 3.0, to perform
all subsequent benchmarks. This
was in lieu of purchasing a CD-RW/R for myself in the near
future anyway. However,
do note that both Adaptec software need a patch via their
web-site (after registration) to allow proper recognition of
well, I guess other OEM
manufacturers also have such poor software
bundles. But more
importantly: “Does the drive deliver?”