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bonnie1944

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Using CD-RW to copy from files on computer, is it normal 25 tp 45 minues to prepare disc? Why do you have to do this? First time I have tried using CD-RW.

 

You are using a Packet Writer, D2D, and yes it does take that long to do a Full Format.

 

Understand this about packet writing, it is the most unreliable form of burning ever devised!

 

Combine this with the less than stellar performance of RW media and you have completed everything in the failure checklist.

 

It is fine to use it for transferring files from one PC to another where no other means exists. But it should never be considered for any sort of "backup".

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Using CD-RW to copy from files on computer, is it normal 25 tp 45 minues to prepare disc? Why do you have to do this? First time I have tried using CD-RW.

I think you are making what I call Basic False Analogy - you format the floppy before you use it, so you format the optical media before you use it. Take a look at the relevant sections above in the FREQUENT ANSWERS post pinned to the top of the board.

 

If you want to KEEP the data, NEVER format the disc. If you want to KEEP the data, use a blank CD-R (or DVD/R) directly out of the package or off the spindle, and a sessions-based program such as Classic Creator or or the built-in WinXP burning.

 

There is no difference for burning purposes between R media and RW media - if you erase a file you do not recover the space, you merely remove it from the TOC (Table of Contents). You do not get the RW space back until you erase the ENTIRE disc and start over - which makes RW good for testing purposes.

 

if the idea is to have a "great-big floppy-disc", get a Flash drive (aka Thumb/Jump/Keychain/Pen drive).

 

Or, of course, you can learn the hard way, as I did - CD-RW fades out on its own sooner or later, but if formatted for Packet-Writing, usually sooner.

 

Lynn

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