Re-writing CD-R

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I know there is a way to re-write a CD-R. I know you can't erase and start with a new disc, but I've seen where you can re-write on what remains on it. Anyone know how to do that? What software you need?
 

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To add additional information to a CD-R that already contains data, you simply write a new 'session' (a new session is created each time you write data to the CD). This will result in a multisession disc, and is supported by nearly all CD writing software.

You can't always write additional info to a CD-R disc. If the CD-R was originally written to using the 'Start multisession disc' option, then you can. When creating a CD, it is also possible to close the CD so that no further data can be written to it. If this was done, then no new sessions can be created on the CD. Most CD writing software defaults to enabling multisession and leaving the CD open, so you should be ok.

Nero, NTI CD & DVD Maker Platinum Edition are both very good, and have downloadable trial versions. The Nero trial version, for some incomprehensible reason, does not install the Help files by default. In order to get these help files, just download and install the English language pack. Updates to the trial version, if any, can also be downloaded from the link on that page.
 

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Well, I'm not using the retail version of Nero (came with the CD-RW drive) and it has no option for multi-session authoring. That's my point. I've got about 10 or 15 CD-Rs that were burned with it and wondering at this point if they are garbage. No big deal, they were less than a buck a piece from Staples, but thought if there was a way to re-burn on them, I'd like to do it obviously.
 
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I'm not sure what you mean, "I'm not using the retail version of Nero (came with the CD-RW drive) and it has no option for multi-session authoring". Are you saying that your using something other than nero, or that the version of nero you have doesn't support it? If the second, possibly try a upgrade. Under my nero , when you go to create new compilation, it shows the multi-session options.
 
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I am also using a copy of nero that came with the my DVD RW drive. As you go through the wizard to create a CD it should give you the option of "Continue burning to a CD (Multisession)" just before you reach the screen to choose what to burn.

As far as buying the full version - It is cheaper to just replace the cd's.


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