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Chapter 16. Formatting and Copying Flopp... > Preparing Recordable CDs for Data St... - Pg. 155

Formatting and Copying Floppy Disks and Recordable CDs 155 Figure 16.3. You must format a CD-R or CD-RW disc before you can use it to store data files. Whoa! Formatting a CD-R or CD-RW disc to store data typically takes more than 25 minutes. When you're not busy working on your computer, format several discs, so you'll have them when you need them. CD copying is fraught with errors. Frequently, the hard drive cannot feed information quickly enough to the CD-RW drive. This causes a buffer-underrun condition that can foul up the copy operation and even ruin the disc. To prevent buffer underruns, don't run any other programs during the copy operation, turn off any screen savers that might be turned on, scan and defragment your hard drive before you start (see Chapter 27), and (if possible) try performing the copy operation at a slower speed. If you still have problems, try a higher quality CD-R or CD-RW disc. The Least You Need to Know · You cannot save anything to a floppy disk unless the disk is formatted. · You can reuse a disk without reformatting it by simply deleting the files stored on it. · To clone a floppy disk, insert the disk you want to copy, right-click the icon for the floppy drive, click Copy Disk, and follow the onscreen instructions. · To format a CD-R or CD-RW disc, insert the disk in your CD drive, right-click the CD's icon in My Computer, select Format , and follow the onscreen instructions.