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Chapter 23. Understanding and Using Data... > Finding, Installing, and Using a CD ...

Finding, Installing, and Using a CD Writer

Writing data to CDs has many useful applications, such as for general data storage, sending large amounts of data to other people, creating custom audio CDs, and so on. Being able to write to CDs requires that you have a Compact Disc Recordable (CD-R) or Compact Disc Recordable reWritable (CD-RW) drive and a CD-burning application.

A CD-RW drive can write to CD-R and CD-RW discs. The difference between these two technologies is that CD-RW discs can be erased and reused, whereas CD-R discs can be filled only once (depending on the application you use, you can sometimes fill a disc in multiple recording sessions). Because CD-RW discs are quite expensive (about $3-$5 per disc) when compared with CD-R discs (about $.50 per disc), you typically use a CD-RW disc to create a CD for test purposes. When you are sure that the CD will be created properly, you burn a CD-R disc.


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