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Saving to a CD-R/RW and Not A

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SingforHim, Sep 21, 2004.

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  1. SingforHim

    SingforHim Thread Starter

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    I don't know if I am under the correct heading, but I have a question. Why is it that if I put a floppy in my A: drive, I can click on save (for example a Word doc) and it saves, BUT I can't do that to my CD-R/RW drive? I have to go through this LONG processes and it becomes annoying. Isn't there any other way?
     
  2. gotrootdude

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    If you had packet writing software, such as INCD, or EZCD, you could just format a CD then write to it just like a floppy.

    Although you can do this, it's not preferred because the file allocation table isn't written to the CDR useing packet writing until the disk is finallized, which means a power outtage or other interruption could cause the whole cd to become unreadable. Therefore, it's best to write the whole CD at one time than to just use it like a floppy drive.
     
  3. SingforHim

    SingforHim Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your input. My only thing is, I have a laptop. One, it doesn't have an A: drive. Two, I don't always want to save to the hard drive. It would be nice if I could click on save as, change to the CD-R drive and save it, instead of having to save it to the hard drive and burn the file to the cd, just so I can take that file elsewhere and upload it to my school file (as most of my classes that I am taking are online courses). Does that make sense?
     
  4. DaveBurnett

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    As already said, what you need is a CDRW disk and format it with INCD or its equivalent. You can then do what you want to do providing the same/compatible Packet software is available at the other place. The CDRW then becomes a giant floppy. I do this a lot to carry software update download on one machine to several others.
     
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