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I am in OS 9.2.  my cd burner burned fine for five disks in a row. It froze while initializing. then, in inserting any CD-R disk, when I click to prepare for initialization, a dialogue box says that it cannot initialize as start up or another disk is full.
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by:weed
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What is the EXACT error message?
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The exact error message is " Disk initialization failed because the start up or other disks are full".
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by:weed
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How much free space do you have on your HD? If it's less than about 1gb, clear some space.
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by:MLRDJR
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The thing that does not make sense is that I was burning disks fine until it froze while trying to load a document onto the disk before burning.

 My internal memory (going into apple to check ) is  384 MB.  What else can I c heck re memory?
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Late breaking news!  I removed about 1.3 GB from hard drive and now the disk was accepted.  I think you have solved the problem, Weed. Now, I need to solve my interrelated problem of correctly formatting data to be burned so that my PC will read it and I can load it into my new system. I had send you another question on this earlier today.

Muchas gracias.
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For that you just need to burn the CD as a hybrid or ISO9660.
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I do not know what you are talking about. I am not aware of options on how to burn a CD. Please elaborate.
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OS 9.2 should burn an ISO 9660 by default, but otherwise, in Toast, choose the Data tab and select Mac & PC or if using the Advanced options, ISO 9660.
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