I plan to soon start backing up my music CD collection. I previously thought making "bit-perfect" copies was a relatively easy proposition, but after perusing some of the threads here I'm not so sure. Here is my equipment and plan of attack, please advise if there is anything I should do to obtain better copies:
CD-R drive: Plextor Plexwriter 48/24/48U, firmware 1.05
Source drive: Toshiba XM-7002B CD-ROM in an IBM notebook, Windows 2000
Media: Maxell CD-R Pro
Software: Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 Basic, updated to latest version. Will mainly use the Disc Copier function, and also the Easy CD creator for a couple of compilations.
The Plextor will typically vary write speed 4-10x while using Disc Copier (I set at 20x max), the limited audio read speed of the notebook drive seems to be the limiting factor in speed.
I haven't seen Roxio mentioned here, is it shunned for some reason? Should I use different software, maybe Plextor's program that came bundled with the drive? Should I only use the Plextor, copying data to the HD first? Copies I've made in the past with Roxio Disc Copier behave exactly like the originals, and seem to sound the same. However, I haven't subjected them to critical A/B testing, and I wonder about things like jitter (not sure if that's something I can hear). Thanks!