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Chapter 11. Working with Disks and Drive... > Using Recordable and Rewritable CD D...

Using Recordable and Rewritable CD Drives

Recordable CD drives (CD-Rs) and Read-Writable CD drives (CD-RWs) have become extraordinarily popular in recent years, and for good reason. Both drive types enable you to archive huge quantities of data on media that's dirt cheap and can be read on any computer with a CD-ROM drive. In general, the Windows file system treats these drives as if they were ordinary, read-only CD drives. Accessing the write functions requires special software.

With the help of third-party software, such as Adaptec's DirectCD, you might be able to treat a CD-R or CD-RW in Explorer windows and in applications as if it were a hard drive (although obviously using this software on a CD-R won't allow you to erase files after they've been copied to CD). The DirectCD software is included as a component of Adaptec's Easy CD Creator (http://www.adaptec.com/products/overview/ecdc.html).


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