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false report of disk space used

by myshannon1 / January 23, 2008 12:40 AM PST

I dragged a number of files to my cd-rw disk, using windows disk copying/burning utility. I can access them just fine, but when I use properties to see how much space I have left on the CD It shows the cd almost empty yet one file alone is more than 6 mbs in size.

It seems I am getting a false reading. Does anyone know why or what I can do about it


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You'll have to reveal what CDRW software you are using.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 12:59 AM PST

But it's not like a flash or hard disk so the rules change. There is nothing amiss here so we have to first determine which CDRW recording software you are using, then we have to dissect the file system on the CD and then we'll have our answer.

But the short answer is that it's proper. We will not at the end of this discussion fix that display but just understand it.


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CDRW software
by myshannon1 / January 23, 2008 2:38 AM PST

Windows copying/burning as stated

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Then zero bytes free would be proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 2:44 AM PST
In reply to: CDRW software

I'm not going to duplicate Microsoft's articles about this. It is as it is and no sign it's going to change. If you install Nero or other software you find it works pretty well but the native CD recording will not agree with what people think they should see.


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by myshannon1 / January 23, 2008 3:02 AM PST

Thanks for info. Im afraid to put any more files on CD as I don't know if its almost full even th though its showing empty. I generally use Nero but prefer windows burner for some copying tasks

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Windows does not copy CDs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 3:05 AM PST
In reply to: nero describes what it does do and this is not one of its features.

The proper freespace for Windows CD recording is "zero bytes free."

If you see something else then some other software to provide CDRW as a big floppy was installed. Remember there is a lot to learn here about why the bytes don't match. I can't duplicate all the articles you need to know but want to skip to the finish line. It's working properly...

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PS. Why I asked what was in use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 2:45 AM PST
In reply to: CDRW software

Windows does not supply a CD copying feature in the native CD recording so I just wanted to be sure.

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