But, in short, there is no guarantee that an InCD will be readable on an XP machine, or a machine with DirectCD. This issue of UDF compatibility is why, at the office we never install or use it.
Here's the article you should read -> http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpcd.php
In closing, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL OLD VERSIONS OF Nero or Roxio since many get to reinstall the OS afterwards.
I know this subject has been broached before - and I have attempted many of the helpful solutions propsed previously - but I would like to ask for more guidance if possible.
I just purchased a new Tochiba Tecra A2-336 notebook with Windows XP Pro preinstalled and am trying to configure it to carry out all the tasks I currently execute on my old Pentium II desktop which runs Windows 98 2nd Edition. Unfortuntely, this is far from easy. My main problem is getting the new notebook to do most of things I used to dd with CD-RWs - especially backup and copying files to other PCs.
On my old PC I use Adaptec DirectCD to format and work with CD-RWs and it has worked just fine for me over the years. I also use Adaptec Easy CD Cretor 4.0 for making bird song (I work with bird sounds) and music CDs. The CDs are readable in all the other PCs I work with and I can edit them as I wish. No problems there.
My new notebook comes with some kind of XP software for CD-Rs and RWs (Roxio produced?) as well as Sonic DLA which is supposed to do what DirectCD does - i.e. use packet writing to give me drive letter access and enable drag-and-drop. Windows XP could read CDs formatted in my old machine, so I was able to copy all my documents to my new machine, but it couldn't edit the CDs. Hence I reformatted them under Windows XP(with Sonic DLA or what?) and both machines could then edit and read the same CD-RWs. File format was CDUDFRW (UDF Reader compatible). However, since installing Roxio (ex-Adaptec) easy CD Creator 5.0 Platinum (minus DirectCD to avoid conflict), Sonic DLA seems to have become disabled and the CD-RWs I had burned are now illegible on the same drive, and Windows XP now formats in CDFS file format.
Since I need reliable CD-RW for backups and really need to edit the CD-RWs, what should I do?:
a) remove Sonic DLA and install Roxio DirectCD for drag-and-drop and CD-RW editing, despite the negative reports about DirectCD on these pages and other sites).
b) remove all Roxio software. In this case, will Sonic DLA revert to it's old capabilities - i.e. packet writing, drag-and-drop - or would I need to reinstall it? If did this, I'd have to forgo use of Easy CD Creator, which I like.
c) install other software to do CD-RW formatting and management - some have suggested CloneCD.
d) simply restore to my pre-Rozio version and try everything again.
It frustrates me that a hardware up-grade should mean reduced functionality. I obviously want to avoid having half a dozen different programs to do the same job. I'm looking for simplicity and reliability (as I had on my old machine). Should I simpy be content to re-write whole CD-RWs in order to delete a single file (this takes a LOT longer than my old DirectCD)?
I would be most rateful for any comments.