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donna450

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I use Sony DVD-RW and CD-RW for backing up text and photos. Just copy & paste using Windows XP software. I do nothing to finalize or close the discs. However, when I try to add a file to the disc, which is not full yet, I get a message that says windows does not support this format and to erase the disc so windows can use it??? Why is this happening? Thanks.
 

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The only way to use the disc multiple times like you are trying to do, is by using Packet Writing and uses multi-session mode. This method is not recommended.

Simply copy the data off the disc to an empty folder, add your new files to the folder, and then burn all of the files from the folder to the disc as data using the normal data burning process and finalize the disc.

I would suggest keeping multiple copies of each disc, especially if using RW media. RW media is the least reliable.
 

dai

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i think dvd+disks you can add to without problems,but not with dvd- disks

check if your drive can use dvdrw+ disks most drives use both these days
 

donna450

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Thanks for both your replies. And the reply about CD+ versus CD- makes perfect sense. However, the only discs I have ever used are Sony CD-RW discs on a Sony laptop, which I was able to add to using copy/paste without erasing entire disc. Would having the discs read by an iMac have somehow finalized the disc so you have to erase/format in order to add to the disc? This is the only thing I can think of.

I've never had a CD-RW fail but I have had a Staples brand flashdrive fail. Is there a flashdrive you can recommend that is more reliable than others?

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dai

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are the disks cd or dvd windows xp has no support for dvd disks you have to use 3rd party software for dvd burning

flashdrives i just buy what is on special so far had no problems with them

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