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    CD-R/RW as

    When I burn CDs, I usually just pile up 700MB worth of items and burn it - done.

    What I am looking for now is the ability to add data to a CD as I need, like one would do with a floppy.

    Is it possible to continually add data to a CD until it is full, and without having to re-add what I've already put on it? And can this be done only with CD-RW only and not CD-Rs?

    I seem to recall Adaptec having Direct CD software that you could do something silmilar. I would like to know is if what I've outlined is possible and what software, not including any Adaptec/Roxio packages, can do this.

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    Re: CD-R/RW as

    You can, but, only with RW's and most can NOT be read by another cd reader until it has been closed using the burner that it was burned on.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    Thank you for your reply.

    Having been using the resident software on XP to burn CDs, I've been without options to open/close CDs and thus am without the knowledge of open/closed sessions and related terms and procedures.

    I desire to to create CDs for storage and/or backup of different items, e.g.,one CD for progz, one for documents, one for images, etc., and add to the respective CD until the compilation of media is full.

    Excluding Roxio products, what progz make this task simple as could be expected to do just that?

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    I use the simple software that came with my HP 8200 (HP RecordNow, Version 3.5), works great and does what I need. I have not wasted any money on buying a third party program when what I have works. What software can with your burner?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    The software that came with my burner was a useless app called 'Drag 'n' Drop', a scaled down half-version of the Easy CD Creator. It had horrendus conflicts with XP and had to dump iot. Then I tried EZ v4 and then EZ v5 and Roxio's drivers gave XP heck (or the other way around) which is baffling because the native XP software is made by Roxio.

    I would like to simply drag a file to the CD drive and continue to do so as needed as one would a floppy. I would rather not purchase another app and figured there may be free software to do this simple task. I don't need all the other effects and equalizers and etc. that seemingly come with the Music burning progz.

    Anyone have any suggestions, please?

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    Recently I purchased a new Sony CDRW drive and it came bundled with B's Recorder Gold. I was somewhat skeptical because of the name (funny how you tend to make preconceptions about the book based on the title or the cover!), however, I have found that it works great with W98. Even converts MP3 on the fly to wave files before burning to disk, drag and drop MP3 to the disk section, and it converts before it writes (although I did notice a lockup once when burning MP3s with less than 128kps quality-not sure if this is the culprit or not). Other than that, seems to work flawlessly for me. Guess a Google search might turn up somewhere you could get a trial version or buy it.

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    Hi, Mike ~

    Thanks for your quick response. I looked into what you suggested and that seems to be geared more towards music files. I am seeking something with just a tad less bells and whistles to cumulatively drag and drop or save to CD primarily data. Have you had any luck with that process on data?

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    Hi Bruce:
    This is not an area that I'm very familiar with, but I have both Easy CD Creator & Direct CD. The latter seems to do what you want. Mine is an old version & I don't know if Roxio (who took over from Adaptec) continues to manufacture it.

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    I have Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 on W2K at work and what appears to be the same installed on XP at home (came pre-installed on a Dell so I'm not sure if it is standard issue with XP).
    I can do exactly what you appear to want to do, using a CD as a floppy transferring files between home and work. Copy and paste in Explorer seems to work flawlessly.
    When I eject the CD I am asked if I want to close it, and I just click on No.

    What's is your problem with Roxio?

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    Works with any file type, just has the added convenience of not having to manually convert mp3s to wave files before burning music cds.

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    <hr>not having to manually convert mp3s to wave files<hr>
    Personally, I don't trust on-the-fly conversion, because you don't have the opportunity to catch errors should they occur. Thanks to my experiences with half and blank tracks using CD Creator v4, it will be a long time before I allow a burning program to do that for me again! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: CD-R/RW

    I am seeking software other than Roxio products. I have had too many problems with three versions of EZCDC on 4 different machines with XPH/XPP. I have had a lot of system lockups and CDs empty of half empty after burning. There are know issues with Roxio drivers in XP and I rather not mess with them anymore. You are fortunate that they work well for you.

    Has anyone had any experience with other brands of software for burning just data that can be added-as needed to the CD like a floppy?

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    Re: CD-R/RW as

    Hi Bruce, I'm late as usual in joining the discussion but did you give NERO a try? I've got it bundled with the other software for my CD-R/RW and have no complaints. You can have multisession-burning (that is, add files like you would do with a floppy, close the session, and if you have some disk space left continue it at another time). It supports a lot of file types, you can burn audio-CDs, data CDs, and even mix audio and data files on the same CD. I just googled around, there seem to be plenty of free and fully functional demo versions out there.

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    Hi Bruce

    You can find a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> download here that apparently will do what you want.
    As others have suggested, the InCD component of several Nero bundles should also do what you want.

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    Re: CD-R/RW

    Hi Ken & Oana ~

    Unfortunately, the download link for CD Manager is dead. It seems, anyway, that it's component, CreateDeviceImage, is for burning data images on rather than store simply like a floppy as I am trying to do. I will give the InCD aas well as the Nero stuff a look.

    I assumed this type of software would be more available and easy to use since everyone is using this type of media.

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