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cdrw wear and tear

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Kerri Ann, Oct 7, 2003.

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  1. Kerri Ann

    Kerri Ann Thread Starter

    Aug 18, 2003
    do cdrws wear out after too many uses? i had always figured they did, that after they started getting scratched, they would be unreadable, thus unwritable and unerasable. but i have a cdrw here that has no visible scratches or smudges, and my burning software is telling me this:

    Media- cdrw
    Writabe- yes
    Free space- 0mb
    Used space- 0mb
    Total disk space- 0mb

    i tried doing an erase, but it still tells me the same thing. anyone know why?
  2. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    Yes, they have a finite number of reburns before they die, also they can fail due to age as well, once one gets above 3-4yrs old its usually done for anyway

  3. moebius


    Oct 7, 2003
    most cheap cdrws are dead by about 250 burns, but some good ones can even get u above 1000 burns! (sony, maxell, imation etc. etc.)
  4. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    I have yet to see a CD-RW disk be used more than approx 100 times before dying. With the prices of CD-R's I just use those.
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