I'm not very familiar with alternate options, more on that in a sec.
Are you using external USB burner or is it internal? Some external drives will cause these errors.
Is the noise your hearing a grinding noise? If your getting a grinding noise it could be the DVD drive. What kind of noise is it making? Clicking, grinding, etc. Another question is do you here it all the time?
Bad disc. drives will cause the CRC error when trying to read data on the discs, after it trys to read data a couple time and false it will display a CRC error. Usually right before the error happens your drive will probably grind and whirl away - your PC may also become a little slugglish to.
The drive is a 52X DVD reader/burner. This is the first time ivi'vead problems with it. I can remember instanced where it would turn out a bad disk, but re-doing the job would usually fix that, not so in this case. I'm not sure if the problem is the drive, it reads disks fine and i installed a game off this cd drive just fine a short time ago. When the drive is burning the sound it makes does not fluctuate much and nothing seems strange about it.
The noise i hear is very rare. Its pretty hard to describe it but most spinning objects create some sort of "whine" when spinning. This noise changes pitch at different speeds and fades away when the motor revs down.
When the noise happens its like a motor inside the computer losing power for a moment and then the power suddenly kicks in again and it gets back up to speed. I know for a fact this is not the DVD drive because it happened once when i had the disk tray open.
I need to know what other options i have to back this comp up. I only have a few ideas at the moment.
I have a Pentium 333 with a 40gb hard drive, could i take the hard drive out of that one, plug it into this computer, OS and all, copy the data over and store the hard drive?
I'm pretty sure flash drives will not work, my sister had an ipod shuffle and when i tried to configure it on this computer it told me i have the wrong type of USB port, or that they were not fast enough.
One of my friends reccomended packing everything up into a RAR file and hosting it in parts on some webhost like megaupload or rapidshare, is this feasible?