CD-rom problem

HEY EXPERTs,

when i try to write to a  CD-RW OR CD-R that already has a file saved on it, I get a essage please insert writable disc to drive.....But there is already a writable disc.
what is the problem???
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claracruzAsked:
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LucFConnect With a Mentor EMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi claracruz,

What program are you using for writing the files?
You probably have finalized the disk, so nothing can be written anymore, if you use NERO, you'll have to start with "Start new multisession" and to add files, choose "continue multisession" (when you want to use it in another system, make sure to set "finalize disk" only on the last time writing)

Greetings,

LucF
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CallandorCommented:
You can't write to a CD-R - if it really is a CD-RW, you may need to try a different brand, or you may need to reinstall the drivers.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
never heard of packet-writing or multisession Callandor?
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claracruzAuthor Commented:
no i haven't. but i think i may have finalised the dil, cos when i check disc properties, it shows disk size as 32mb and free space = 0. Only problem is, it is actualy a 700mb size disc.
if indeed the problem is that i have finalised the disc, can i undo it??
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CallandorCommented:
I've been focusing more on dvds.  That's why I pay attention to what you write about cds ;-)
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
claracruz,

> if indeed the problem is that i have finalised the disc, can i undo it??
I'm sorry to say this, but no, you can't undo it when it's a CD-R
You only can undo it with a CD-RW by getting the data off the disk, then format the CD-RW and start over.

@Callandor, no prob.
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Pete LongConnect With a Mentor Technical ConsultantCommented:
The experts are correct (afternoon guys)

if you burn 1 file to a CD that is classed as "multi session" you need to add things to it via your CD burning software, or you need to "finalise" the disk, this is very wastefull though.

the only eception to this is if you format a CDRW and use your CDBurning software to use it as a drive, Easy CD creator used to have an application called Direct CD that does this, though direct CD slows your PC down and conflicts with just about every other CD burning software ive ever seen, For this reason id rather place my nethers in the hands of a lunatic with a pair of scissors than install it :)
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Good description of "Direct CD" Pete ;-)
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claracruzAuthor Commented:
Yeah, its a cd-rw, how do it
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
What software do you use to write to disks?
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claracruzAuthor Commented:
I don't know, I haven't installed any special software to do this,  all i did was copy and paste and the CD writing wizard did the rest after I clicked "write these files to CD".
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LucFConnect With a Mentor EMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Ah, you're using windows XP's build in program.

Hmm... I don't know if that one is even capable of writing multisession...
You should be able to format the CD-RW drive by right-clicking the drive in "My Computer" and choose erase or format (not sure what it was)
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
It isnt, its a cut down version of adaptec easy CD creator version 5 (Gasp! - M$ using other peoples code )

Bit like Norton, Veritas and DOS then ;)
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CyberQuadCommented:
If you are using Nero Express (version 5.50), click the More button and then click the Erase Disc button and it will erase your CD-RW disc so you can reuse it.

-Brian
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claracruzAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You're welcome claracruz.

LucF
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
:)
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