How do I write to CD-RW?
Posted on 2003-10-21
I would like to know how to write to a CD-RW under
MS-Windows. I am currently using Win2000 to test.
There are two different ways I want to be able to
write. First, I should be able to copy a file using
the Windows Explorer. Second, I want to be able to
write data using Win API calls from C.
The Win2000 Device Manager says that I have a
RICOH DVD/CDRW MP9060
nstalled on this computer. I do not have the
documentation that came with the drive. But because
the Device Manager includes the letters "CDRW" in the
drive designation, I feel I should be able to write.
This drive works fine with pre-recorded DVD's and
CD's. So I load a disk that is marked "Rewritable."
When I try to select the drive in the Windows Explorer,
I get the message:
J:\ is not accessible.
I also get this same message if I try to copy a file
and paste it to the disk.
Should it be possible to write to a CD-RW using
Window's Explorer, or is that always impossible?
If I need a special program to write to a CD-RW,
then is there any shareware that keeps it simple.
I do not need a program to organize all my music
CD's. I just need to write a file to the CD-RW.
Next I try writing using a C program. I can use
the Win API function CreateFile() to open an
existing file for reading from a conventional CD
and open a file with no error.
I try using CreateFile() to create a new file when
the rewritable disk is in the drive. CreateFile()
fails. Error 5, access denied.
How does one write to CD-RW? Are there special
functions calls to CDROM.SYS? If so where are
Is there any such thing as having to "formatt" a CD-RW
disk? If I right click on a floppy drive, there
is a format function in the pop-up menu. I see
no format function when I right-click the CD drive.