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Run ACAD From CD/RW?

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Beano, Sep 15, 2003.

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  1. Beano

    Beano Thread Starter

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    Currently we work in AutoCAD2002 (LDD3) directly off a zip disk. We store our drawings on the zip and work directly off that drive. We work with drawing files that range from very small all the way up to 30-50 Mb in size. I understand a zip drive writes at around 50X. We have no trouble working directly off the zip.

    We have been hesitant to switch over to saving our drawings to and working off cd/rw media. We do not want to work on the hard drive and then save the drawing on cd - we would prefer to work directly from the cd/rw drive and back up our files on a separate back up cd.

    Our hesitation to switch over to cd/rw has primarily been our lack of knowledge as to the ability of working in CAD off a cd/rw - namely, is let's say a 52 write and 24 rewrite speed adequate to be able to handle working in a large drawing. We are afraid we will encounter problems while drafting and working with large image files.

    Does anyone here work in CAD directly from a cd/rw drive and media, and if so, have you ever encountered any serious problems doing such?

    Our computers are PIII 1 gig processors, 512MB RAM, 32MB Nvidia graphic cards if that matters.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. drdrew1469

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    I have done this a few times and have not run into any major issues. The biggest thing you want to look out for is making sure that you have cd-rw formatable software, such as Nero's InCD or HP's DirectCD. The UDF format will apply to both but I found using Nero caused less problems going to a different machine. Formatting a 700mb cd will use around 106mb (I think) for the read/write to be enabled just like a zip. It is deffinitely faster running from the hard drive and then saving to cd, though.

    Hope that helps,

    Drew
     
  3. Beano

    Beano Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your reply, Drew...and I apologize for taking so long to respond. Things have been very busy here.

    We are going to give it a shot and see if we can draft directly off the cd. Your suggestions are much appreciated.

    Jeff
     
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