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    Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Hope I'm in the right area of the lounge for this question. Please let me know if I'm not!

    Windows XP/Word 97

    I've been backing up Word documents to CD-RWs. Until recently, I've had no problems adding more files to a CD at a later time. But, more and more often (though not always), I'm not allowed to add any more (and it's not because the CD is full).

    This is very frustrating. I would like to add files a few at a time -- once a week -- rather than save up and do them all at once. The point is backing up regularly, after all. I also don't really want to have multiple CDs for each category, when I know full well that there is plenty of space left on each of them.

    Any idea of why a few of the CDs allow me to add, and the rest don't, and why this has only recently become a problem. Have I clicked some wrong thing?!

    By the way, all the CDs are identical -- same brand, same size -- actually, same package!

    Thanks for whatever help you can offer!

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    See this old thread for a discussion of issues with CD-RW - Using CD RW as a hard drive Problems. Also, CD-RW - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Thank you, Joe, but , other than telling me I'm not the only one with this problem, I don't find much help here. I'm not trying to use these CD-RWs as a hard drive, but simply for what I believed they were created for -- saving some documents. Do you think maybe I could find some suggestions for overcoming my current problems in another area in the "lounge"?

    I just don't understand why some CD-RWs allow me to add files later, and others don't -- and why this has only recently started to happen. It just seems like I've done something "wrong" that has created this situation.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    How and what program were you using to burn these CDs?
    Native XP burner?
    Nero?
    Or what?
    It seems SOME burners will "close out" a CD and not allow more additions to be made, unless you copy whatever files are now on the CD to the HD , then "erase" the CD. Then you have to reburn the files to the newly "cleaned" CD.
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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Native XP burner, I guess. Just doing it through "Explore" -- copying files from C drive to a CD-RW in the D drive.

    So, I might have more luck by "erasing" the disk, and resaving everything? If that's true, how does one "erase" the disk. Is there a way to do that through XP? I've never paid attention, I guess.

    Thanks, Bob!

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    I don't think the native XP burner gives you the ability to "erase" CD-RWs.
    There MAY be but I have never seen it.

    I use a third party burner ( Nero ) to erase any of my RWs.
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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Bob, I just checked, and "Erase this CD" is supposed to be an option under "CD Writing Tasks." I haven't tried it yet, but I will. Thanks for all your help!

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    By saving documents, updating them, re-saving them, add new documents, etc., etc. you are treating it exactly like a disk drive (that would be as opposed to a CD-R where you can only write once).

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Joe, I guess I think of a back-up hard drive as being used truly to back up a computer, operating system and all. I thought CDs (I have RW) were meant for exactly the purpose I'm trying to use them -- to store copies of individual documents/files -- the digital version of a print-out, as it were.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Sorry there isn't something more definite. I was hoping that you might recognize some usage pattern or that you you'd used the saem CD-RW for quire a while and had done a lot of re-writing of the same documents. Maybe someone else has a good idea.

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Thanks again, Joe. It's so puzzling because my usage pattern is simply not being able to add anything to some discs the second time I use them! Then, as mentioned before, others do allow me to add, ad infinitum (pun intended!).

    I'm going to try the erase/re-save method -- which for some of the files I'd like to save will actually be simpler, I think -- and, of course, look into getting an external hard drive for serious backing-up!

    I do appreciate the willingness to help.

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    You have not said what procedure you use to try and write the files or how the system informs you that no more files can be written. If an error message appears can you give us the full text of that message or a screen capture of the error message window and the user interface you use to to try and write the files.

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Sorry for jumping in late on this but perhaps the following may be of some help:

    1. I highly recommend you read this tutorial: Burning CDs in Windows XP.

    2. At the risk of suggesting things you may already be aware of CD-RW discs can be used in two distinct ways:
    <UL><LI>Out of the box, i.e., using them as a CD-R. You can add files until the disc is full. The difference is you can erase the entire disc (only) and then start over. Adding files requires that you BURN them to the disc using a burning program of some kind.
    <LI>Formatted, i.e., using a packet writer program, e.g., Nero InCD or Roxio DirectCD (dated name?), you format the disc and then it can used as if it were a floppy, USB thumbdrive or HDD. In short you can add files by "drag & drop", "copy to", etc., directly; no burning software required. This gives the advantage of being able to overwrite files, create folders, delete individual files, etc. NOTE: if you erase a formatted CD-RW disc you also erase the formatting and reformatting is required if so desired.[/list]3. A much easier and <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> burning program vs. XP's native burning program is available here: CDBurnerXP
    Direct download here: http://www.cdburnerxp.se/downloadsetup.exe

    One of the advantages of using a 3rd-party burning program is the ability to burn CD-R discs as "multi-session", i.e., you can continue to add files to the disc over a period of time until the disc is full. Typically, if you burn files/folders to a CD-R the burning session will be closed, i.e., Finalized, regardless of the amount of data burned, even if it was a 1 KB file. That's a waste of a good CD. <img src=/S/RollEyes.gif border=0 alt=RollEyes width=19 height=19>
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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Paul, I did say earlier that I was using what another poster characterized as the native Windows XP burner. When I next try to save something, I will note -- and then report -- the full text of the error message.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Can't Add Files to a CD-RW

    Now we're getting somewhere! Thank you, Jeff/Pilgrim. I had NOT known those things, and no knowledge is a dangerous thing. ;>)

    I will restart my efforts, and report on whether and how they work.

    Thanks to you all!

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