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CDRs and CDROMs

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Okay, I already know the basic answer to this question, but I need an expert's explanation.  How come you can't copy stuff in a recordable CD using a regular CDrom drive?
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by:jkpcs
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Do you mean copy files to a CD-R using a regular CD-ROM drive?  Or do you mean copy files from a CD-R to HDD or FD using a regular CD-ROM?  Please clarify and I'm sure any of us will give you a detailed answer.

Thanks,
Jon
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by:willemnel
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jynx,
you can try the following: http://www.fadden.com/cdrfaq/
I think they will give you what you want to know.

Like I've said in the other Question, you should delete this one, unless you want to "pay" twice for the same question!
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MasseyM earned 30 total points
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The laser that is in a regular CDRom does not hav eenough power to actually make the impressions (or called "pits") in the surface of the CDRom... That is the purpose of the CDR drive... As for CDRW (Reritable) Drives, them just "melt" a layer inside the CD which makes it look like there is a pit there.
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