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    Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    On my nice, new PC I attempted to save and Excel file to the nice, new CD+RW drive and got a message to the effect "You do not have access to D: See your administrator for access. So I tried a Word doucment. Same answer. I AM the administrator. So where do you straighten this stuff out? And while I'm at it, is that where you stop all the nonsense about Outlook refusing to send attachments? Thanks.

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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    What version of Windows do you have, and can you "drag and drop" Excel files to the CD using Windows Explorer?

    My computer came with a basic version of Roxio CD Creator. I found that its two modes - projects you burn as a batch, and the proprietary DirectCD format that lets you drag and drop to the CD - were easier to understand than whatever features are built in to Windows XP. I also discovered that if I try to mix and match, my CDs get completely messed up. All of this is only with CD-R media; I don't have any experience with CD-RW media.

    As for Outlook not sending attachments, I suggest you start a new thread on the Outlook board. You almost certainly will get more feedback there than as a hidden sub-question in this post. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> (Also, it's possible that this thread will migrate to another board after you supply more information.)

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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    I have a golden rule - NEVER EVER try and save to removable media from within MS Applications - save them to explorer and copy them from their - it will save you heaps of heart ache and probably a few blue screens as well.

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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    Good rule! I fully agree with you. For a while our company insisted that sensitive information should not be written to a hard drive or network volume, but on diskettes. That appeared to be asking for disaster...

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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    Ok Thanks, everyone. I will try those suggestions. Incredible that one cannot, from within an MS app, save to anywhere one wants. Absolutely unbelievable, unless a reason can be given by someone.

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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    I find it less unbelievable than you, perhaps because I discovered the hard way that all removable drives are not equal and that Microsoft is NOT the only publisher exhibiting this behavior. For example, all the drive imaging software is also picky about where it writes.
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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    Looking back to your first post in this thread: as Jefferson also mentioned, you simply cannot write individual files and folders directly to a CD-R(W), unless you use a program like DirectCD and a CD-R(W) disc that is specially formatted for that purpose (Universal Disk Format it's called I think). Otherwise you need a program like Nero to write a number of files as a "session" to a standard formatted out-of-the-box CD-R(W).
    This has nothing to to with MS applications, it's by design of the CD-R(W) standard !

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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    I mostly use Word, and it uses a lot of temp files. People have reported cases in which a document was bigger than half the capacity of a floppy disk, Word would delete the earlier version and not be able to save the new version (complaining about lack of disk space) and the user ends up with no document! Anyway, because of the temp files, for Word at least, it is best to always work on a large, high-speed magnetic medium. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Access to CD-RW (Office 2003)

    Difficult to implement due to the existence of several different formats for the same media. Not impossible though-they did it for floppies (Mac-formatted floppies were, for years, identified by PC's as 'unformatted'). My personal suspicion is that MS couldn't find a proprietary format they could use so opted not to use any by default.

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