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Help with CDRW and eraseable CD

by Chigal48 / May 13, 2006 11:18 AM PDT

Think I did a bad thing. Bought a box of Samsung CDRW 10X...and copied files to the CD and tried to rename and delete the files--message popped up "read only" ....Okay...is there an eraseable CDRW? What should I buy if I want to delete & rename files. Thanks.

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I think you're missing the point
by Kono Kusotare / May 13, 2006 12:03 PM PDT

CD-RW is a reusable disk. You can add files all at once and delete all files all at once. But you can't rearrange, rename or delete individual files on the disk. To make any changes, you would have to copy the files to your computer, make the desired changes, erase the CD-RW, and then copy them back to it.

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You Can Erase Them Now..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 13, 2006 1:15 PM PDT

As mentioned in Kono's post above, you've done nothing wrong.. The files are simply "read only" while on the CD-RW when you do a traditional "burn" and finalize the disk. The finalized disk is an excellent method of creating backups but makes the files "read only".

It is possible to "format" a CD-RW disk so the files are not listed as "read only". In that case, you can change and edit the files while they are on the disk BUT formatted CD-RW are NOT as reliable for permanent backups.. The formatted disks can occasionally become unreadable after repeated writes or when nearing capacity..

It's your choice which method to use based on your intended purpose.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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