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I had been using Drag 'n Drop to add data to a CD-RW. I inserted the disc

on more than one use, and there was one use where the disc continued to run

and run. When I checked the properties on the disc it was full ! ? ?

 

More of my discs with data we eventually tried, and they came out at FULL.

I have not been able to recover that data, and thank goodness some of this

material is still on my C: drive.

 

Before any more data is lost, I would like to find out what is causing this problem

and how I can stop it.

 

 

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Also - RW is for temporary use, such as running a test ... if it works, copy to R media, if it doesn't, erase and re-try. RW can also be used for transferring files when the original file is safely on the originating compuer.

 

For long-term archiving, use R media with a Sessions-based program such as Classic Creator or WinXP's built-in burning (altho WinXP doesn't do DVDs).

 

For recovery - if any - try a program such as ISOBuster (www.isobuster.com) or cdroller (www.cdroller.com) - both have impressive testimonials on their websites, and both have a "trial" version which enables you to see if anything can be recovered before you have to pay for the full Version.

 

You have discovered why people familiar with the limitations of Packet-Writing (Drag2Disc, Sonic's DLA, Nero's InCD, etc) don't use it for anything they want to KEEP.

 

Lynn

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The disc will appear full in windows properties - that's because it has been formatted

 

The best way to avoid data loss?

 

Simple - do NOT use D2D - use Creator and append mode

 

 

Thanks very much for the guidance.

 

I gather that using Creator does not suggest any hazards using RW discs.

 

I want to try your suggestions as soon as possible, and I will get back to you

 

Also - RW is for temporary use, such as running a test ... if it works, copy to R media, if it doesn't, erase and re-try. RW can also be used for transferring files when the original file is safely on the originating compuer.

 

For long-term archiving, use R media with a Sessions-based program such as Classic Creator or WinXP's built-in burning (altho WinXP doesn't do DVDs).

 

For recovery - if any - try a program such as ISOBuster (www.isobuster.com) or cdroller (www.cdroller.com) - both have impressive testimonials on their websites, and both have a "trial" version which enables you to see if anything can be recovered before you have to pay for the full Version.

 

You have discovered why people familiar with the limitations of Packet-Writing (Drag2Disc, Sonic's DLA, Nero's InCD, etc) don't use it for anything they want to KEEP.

 

Lynn

 

 

Thanks for directing me to the recovery programs, and I appreciate your suggestions and input

 

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I gather that using Creator does not suggest any hazards using RW discs.

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If you want to KEEP the data, DO NOT use RW media. It's fine for testing (if it doesn't work, erase and re-burn to R media), and ok for short-term use like transferring to another computer, but it is NOT stable enough to be reliable over the long term.

 

More detail here -

http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=12382

 

Lynn

 

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