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CD-R,CD-RW Format and reading issues

by mtmk / November 14, 2004 11:05 PM PST

Hi,

Can anyone shed light on how to format CD-R and CD-RW disks so that they can be read across different computers?

I have a Dell Laptop with a CD-RW/DVD-R drive. I have Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 which I use to format my CD-RW disks.

I try to format my disks to be used across all computers, since I have clients who have regular CD drives.

My problem is that when I try to transfer data, the CD will show the data on the client's computer, but the CD will appear blank on my computer and vice-versa. I cannot detect a pattern to this problem. For example, I coped data from a client's computer, which has Windows XP and A CDRW drive, to a CD-R disk. I noted that the file was on the disk.

I now but the disk on my computer, which also has Windows XP, and it is trying to read it, but the CD is just spinning.

I have confort that the drive itself is fine, and that it is a software/compatablity issue. I would chuck the whole thing and go to a flash drive, but not all computers I have access to have USB ports.

Also, I have this problem with both CDR and CDRW disks.

Any light that may shed would be appreciated.

Thanks,

MK

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Re: CD-R,CD-RW Format and reading issues
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2004 11:11 PM PST

"Can anyone shed light on how to format CD-R and CD-RW disks so that they can be read across different computers?

I have a Dell Laptop with a CD-RW/DVD-R drive. I have Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 which I use to format my CD-RW disks."

There is a LONG discussion about this, but the solution is to install the EXACT SAME VERSION (of Roxio) and Operating System across all the different machines.

That's not a very likely scenario so to use CDRW across machines, the best solution for me was to stop using DirectCD and then use Easy CD (or other software) to erase the CDRW then record to said CDRW media and close the session. This way it works across the widest possible number of machines without headache.

Bob

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Re: CD-R,CD-RW Format and reading issues
by mtmk / November 15, 2004 2:45 AM PST

Mr. Proffitt,

You are apparently all over this message board. You have answered all of my questions to great satisifaction.

Thanks,

mtmk

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