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Windows XP Write-to-CD: Write-Protect blues

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by NYCaribou, Apr 16, 2008.

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  1. NYCaribou

    NYCaribou Thread Starter

    Aug 24, 2007
    I don't have any kind of burning software, and am forced to rely on Windows XP's built in Write-to-CD software. The problem is, even with a rewritable CD drive, re-writable DVD drive, and re-writable CD's and DVD's, any material I put on them with the built in Windows XP writing software, becomes write-protected, making it impossible not only to remove the material at a later date, but also to add anything to it. A CD can have over 675 mb of free space that is absolutely inaccessible because of this problem.

    Is there any way to reformat these CD's or otherwise remove the write-protect on them? Some of the data on these CD's is not the kind I'd like anyone else to see, meaning that if they are absolutely absolutely ***ABSOLUTELY*** untouchable forever and ever and ever, I would be forced to destroy them altogether (likely breaking them in half or something) and dispose of them as trash (environmentally unsound or not) rather than submit them to a recycling center and risk some noseybody reading what's on them before recycling them.

  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    All CD's are read-only and the contents cannot be changed. Some use packet-writing, but those only erase the previous version and write a new one, so they can't be changed, either. Space is less and gets used quickly.

    The best way to have read/write access to data is to use an external USB drive or thumb drive.

    It is best to stick with the standard ISO format. Save all your changes to a folder untill you are ready to burn the final copies to CD.

    Free burning software:

    AmoK CD/DVD Burner
    CDRTools Frontend
    DeepBurner and DeepBurner Portable for removable drives
    Infra Recorder
    CDBurnerXP Pro (Works perfectly in Vista.)
    DP CD/DVD Burner
    Dirk Paehl's EasyBurning
    UsefulUtils CD/DVD Burner
    SilentNight Micro CD/DVD/ISO Burner
    Small CD-Writer (standalone)
    Terabyte ISO Burner (standalone)
    ISO Recorder for XP
    Burrrn audio CD creator
    MP3 CD Doctor Lite audio CD burner
    BurnOn CD/DVD (no spyware but free version is adware supported)
    Burn4Free CD/DVD Copy
    Turtle MP3 Burner
    MS-DOS Burning Tools (direct download)
    Zilla CD/DVD Rip N' Burn

    More free burners:

  3. NYCaribou

    NYCaribou Thread Starter

    Aug 24, 2007
    Well.... excuse me if this sounds like a n00b question when I've always thought I was pretty knowledgeable on technical matters, but...

    If *ALL* CD's are read-only.... then why the heck are CD-RW's re-writable CD's, called that?

    Why are they called *RE-WRITABLE* if they can't be re-written over?

    It's kind of like an automobile that only goes manually.... hence not an "auto" mobile.


    Is there something I'm missing? Please don't think I'm making fun of you, I apologize if I'm coming across that way.... but what you are telling me does strike me as very funny.

    A CD-RW drive... re-writable CD's.... but once you burn to them they immediately become write-protected. It sounds like a contradiction in terms.

    Or are you just confirming that this is a feature of the default Windows write-to-CD utility?
  4. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    RW's can be erased and rewritten. Bot only the entire CD. Packet software, like InCD or DirectCD, can remove a file name from the index and replace the file with a newer copy, but it leaves the old copy there (invisible) so space gets used up. There seems to be no CD file system yet that allows single file read/write.

    For general compatibility purposes if the CD or CD-RW is going to be read on other machines, it's best to stick with ISO. If you do a lot of backing up and changing of files, a thumb drive or external hard drive may be more useful.
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