Pre-formatted CD's --- or are they?

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I bought some CD/RW's from a locale office supplies-type store, and when I put one of the CD's in the drive, intending to format it, the drive spun several seconds, then to my surprise, "DirectCD" (Ver. 3.01d(177) said the CD was useable in all forms.
I've used 1 of these CD's for storing pictures, and have IrfanView (Vers. 3.2x) on it, and I can view the pictures just fine with it, or the newest version of I'view which is on the computer.
No problems so far in moving pic.'s between the HD & CD, or CD to HD.
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NOW, I am using "EasyCD Creator" (Ver. 4.02d (294S3)) and I want to make a music cd. The CD would have about 20 - 22 .wav files on it. Would the CD still be readable on home Cd systems, & other computers or do .wav files have to be converted to some other format to make them readable on home player's and the CD player Windows comes with :confused:
 
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Most software today will do the conversion for you and you can drag MP3's directly into the destination window of your app. It will convert them to CDA (wav) automatically without using an outside utility for conversion. And yes, you can play them in any other CD player
 
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There are some formatted RWs on the market but they are usually clearly marked as such on the package. I got one with a burner once, but it was marked in large letters on the front of the box that it was pre formatted.

You can just drag the wave files to the record box in EZCD and it will record them fine.
 

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Thanks VERY much for the info :)
Got the package out & there's nothing on the box or the CD itself which says it was pre-formatted.
The CD's are made by a unamed company in Taiwan for the chain store I bought them from, then sold under their name.
80 Minutes, 700 Mb -- a capacity which I'm not THAT sure EasyCD Creator handles, because the 1st one I used said I think, 534 Mb space available before I started using it...
 
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It is normal to have the formatting take a lot of space, but that would be what is left after formatting a 650 Mb RW – you should have about 590 left with a 700 Mb disc after formatting.

Some off brands sell whatever they can get their hands on cheap. If the CDs are truly formatted and you intend to use packet writing I would grab a few more. They are hard to find and usually more expensive than the unformatted ones.

You can download this little freeware utility to find out how much space is on the disc before formatting. CDRIdentifier: http://www.wilson0.freeserve.co.uk/software/ Their main page is down but this will get the software.

Don’t remove anything from your HD that is stored on a packet written RW until you close the disc so it can be read in any computer. Until then the data is easy to lose – you see posts all the time from people wondering where their data went.
 

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Originally posted by slipe
It is normal to have the formatting take a lot of space, but that would be what is left after formatting a 650 Mb RW – you should have about 590 left with a 700 Mb disc after formatting.

Some off brands sell whatever they can get their hands on cheap. If the CDs are truly formatted and you intend to use packet writing I would grab a few more. They are hard to find and usually more expensive than the unformatted ones.

You can download this little freeware utility to find out how much space is on the disc before formatting. CDRIdentifier: http://www.wilson0.freeserve.co.uk/software/ Their main page is down but this will get the software.

Don’t remove anything from your HD that is stored on a packet written RW until you close the disc so it can be read in any computer. Until then the data is easy to lose – you see posts all the time from people wondering where their data went.
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Wonder what key I hit the wrogn way to make your post a quote?
Thanks for info re that program, will take a look at it.
What I intended to do re the .wav's on the HD is this:
I think EasyCD Creator supports drag and drop; if so, what I thought I'd do is copy the wav's to the CD but keep the original files on the HD until I knew everything was ok with the Audio CD.
 
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Definitely keep the files until you check them out.

If you are talking about drag and drop in Windows Explorer or My Computer, only DirectCD does that. You have to use EZCD to record an audio CD. You drag stuff into the recording box from an explorer like display. Once you get a full CD record it and make sure you close the CD or you won’t be able to play it.

Use the “Reply” button at the bottom of the page if you don’t want to quote a post.
 

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I see what I did now -- didn't watch where I clicked :)
I get those 2 programs (EasyCD & DirectCD) names mixed together for some darn reason. :eek:
 
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