Storage forum: CD-R & CD-RW Disk Sizes

by: CrisBurgess October 26, 2004 3:48 PM PDT

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CD-R & CD-RW Disk Sizes

by CrisBurgess - 10/26/04 3:48 PM

I don't understand the sizes of disks available for CD-R and CD-RW. They started out with 650MB disks, then 700MB disks came out and now I've seen even higher ratings (750MB? and 800MB).

I know that my machines will not work with the 700MB disks because I bought a pack once, they write most of the disk and then get errors toward the end.

Is this due to software or hardware? Is there any way I can use higher rated disks short of replacing my drives? Someone told me it's all in the software.

What do people do now with older machines. I can no longer find 650MB CD-R disks to buy and the CD-RW disks at 650MB are getting sparse.

Any help is appreciated in helping me understand this.

Cris

I have Pentium IV machines (a desktop and a laptop) running Windows XP SP2. Both have a CD-RW drive.

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