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Old Jul 05, 2002, 10:57 PM
mef1963 mef1963 is offline
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Question Help Formatting Data CD-R

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I have a problem trying to format cdr on my computer. I have a new Sony laptop and I've used Easy CD Creator but it do not recognize my DVD-CD drive. When I talked to them(Roxio) they said that my drive is too new and is not supported by Easy CD Creator. I want to format a cdr so I can store data on it but I don't know of any software. If someone could help me and tell me a good software where I can format a cdr I would greatly appreciate it.
Old Jul 08, 2002, 09:06 PM
Sting4life_MB Sting4life_MB is offline
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You cant format cd-r's. You can only format cd-rw's. CDRWin 3.8 allows you to format rw's. It allows quick erases and full erases (just as windows does with Floppy disks)

{Further Edited}

Just to explain a little more:

CD-R stands for CD-Recordable. Once you write the cd, thats it (or should I say - Finalize it). Just as with buffer under-runs, the cd is finalized. Buffer underruns are basically errors when your buffer (that send data to cd writer) doesnt send the info fast enough and the writer hangs, waiting on the information...

CD-RW stands for CD-ReWritable. On this type cd, you can record information, erase information, record information, and so on. Eventually the disk gets bad, but I've had 10 CD-RWs that Ive used for more than 2 years (no scratches). I believe there is a way to finalize a CD-Rw that will make it non-erasable, but Im not absolutey sure about that...

I hope this helps. Im sure Im a little off on my explanations, but you'll get the point.

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Old Jul 09, 2002, 12:48 AM
celtic_druid celtic_druid is offline
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Actually Sting4life_MB, with Direct CD you can format a CDR for use with packet writting. I don't know of any other packet writing software though that supports CDR's... only CDRW's.
Old Jul 25, 2002, 11:51 AM
plipy2k plipy2k is offline
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You cant format cdrs only cdrws
Old Jul 25, 2002, 05:36 PM
celtic_druid celtic_druid is offline
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Let me say this one more time. With Direct CD you can format a CDR for use with packet writing.

[i]"You can drag and drop files, rename files, delete files, and create new directories right on your CD- R disc."[/i]


Perhaps you are all getting confused with "erase" and "format".
Old Jul 27, 2002, 12:57 AM
Hoss Hoss is offline
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Celtic is right on this one m8's you can format CDR's with DCD I've done it before it works.
mef1963 here are a couple things, first you could try Nero & InCD

Also you don't have to format a CDR/RW in order to store data, you can burn it as an ISO 9660 Data disc. It would be better to have a full disc ready and burn it in DAO mode, but you can multi session it.

Also I'll move this to the CDRW forum for you


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