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    Peterr2
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    Default cd/dvd drives

    Hello
    When I drag a file to one of the discs, the box appears asking me if I would like to use this as a usb or otherwise(I forgot the words).
    I don't recall if it does the same for a standard disc.

    It takes forever when I have a cd-rw or dvd-rw to be formatted. Is there a quicker way to do this.
    Or does this always occur when the drive is going to be used.
    It just took about 10 minutes for a cd-rw.

    Thank you
    Peter

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    Default Re: cd/dvd drives

    It depends on a few things; what is the write/read speed of the cd/dvd drive being used and the read speed of the cd/dvd disc.

    I don't know why your being asked to format the disc at all...unless you have data on the rw disc's and it needs format it to load the new data on the disc.

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    Default Re: cd/dvd drives

    Peter! Peter! Peter!

    Gumba, why on earth are you even futzing around with RW disks? Most of us gave up on those POS's years ago.

    Most unreliable! And, if you write something using one drive, there's a very good chance that the disk won't read on any other drive. It's like writing a Floppy Disk on a Drive that's out of alignment. That's the only drive that can read the disk. (I used to realign those drives, going all the way back to the old 5.25" floppies)

    So the answer,,,, get yourself a Flash Drive and use that for your temporary storage. It's faster and much more reliable. Don't waste money on USB 2.0 Flash Drives, get only USB 3.0 FD's. If you don't already have any USB 3.0 ports, you will. I bought a USB 3.0 add-on card for my desktop PC. It was well worth the expense, for the speed increase, using USB Flash drives or external USB 3.0 hard drives. I have both and use both, for my daily data backups.
    Only use CD-R's and DVD-R's for permanent storage. The disks are so cheap anymore, it's no big deal.

    For many years, NERO has been the #1 program for writing CD's and DVD's. I was first introduced to it years ago, by a man who did CD duplication, professionally. My copy of NERO works great on Windows 8.

    Cheers Mate, and Good Luck!
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    Peterr2
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    Default Re: cd/dvd drives

    Thank you both for your replies.

    Bass fisher raised a good question, "Why am I asked for this information anyway?"

    Anytime I use the cd/dvd bays with a new disc I am writing to, this question pops up and I cannot go further.
    I have to make a choice between master and the other.
    Maybe it is just the cd-rws I really cannot remember.
    I know the difference between the master and the other but being asked is another thing. I cannot find a way around it.

    I have been using cd-rws and dvd-rws for a long time and frequently and never had a problem. I will heed the advice to move to 3.0 flash drives so when I get the appropriate motherboard, so it will be faster.

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    Peterr2
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    Default Re: cd/dvd drives

    Thanks all for your helpful ideas regarding media.

    May I ask, Bassfisher asked why I am prompted to choose between using my drive as a usb or closed. If the disc is to be used a usb, a long format proceeds.
    Does anyone know why this is, or if there is a way around it.?

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    Default Re: cd/dvd drives

    Why are you still using cd-RWs anyway? CD-Rs are like 20 to 30cents a piece or $10 for 50pack.

    What application are you using for burning?

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: cd/dvd drives

    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    The ImgBurn app can do quick erases of RW discs in seconds, however as TM points out, over time they may become unreliable, even though they're claimed to be reusable 1000+ times. Don't depend on these for storage of important items. When you select a file to be copied to the rewritable media, the option to erase will appear automatically, you can choose quick or full erases. Quick erases are best for longest lifespan of this media.

    Plus, most recovery DVD creators (which all computers should have by now) will reject this type of media. CD/DVD-R is best, though I've also had good experience with DVD+R as well. It depends on what your optical drive can write to.

    You can get ImgBurn here, 100% Free.

    Download ImgBurn 2.5.8.0 - FileHippo.com

    Cat
    I hope this is a clean installer.
    I downloaded an imgburn before loaded with a lot of crap. Maybe it's the site I got it from.
    Be careful on those clicks!


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    Peterr2
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    I listened to catilly and Techomage and am using more current media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterr2 View Post
    I listened to catilly and Techomage and am using more current media.
    Great!
    Personally I still use a CD-R but only for burning my MP3s to be played in my car. TM may yell at me right now saying "Get a USB flash drive!!"...hahaha... Well, yeah I have an mp3 player in my car that can use a USB flash drive or an SD card but I find it more convenient burning MP3s and group them together depending on the mood and what I want to listen to at a given time. Popping pre-labeled CDs is more convenient that seaching tracks on a flash drive.

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    Default Re: cd/dvd drives

    Cat, nsanedown.com is also a good site for freewares (but of course you still have to watch those mouse clicks). I've been using it for years and the site is always up to date.
    I think this thread is SOLVED.

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