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Use a DVD rewriteable as if a usb stick/flash drive

May 13, 2020 at 14:49:35
Specs: Mac Mojave, 16Gig
A wee while back there was a mention in post here (can't find it now...) which implied that it's possible to use a rewritable DVD (or presumably CD rewritable) as if it was a usb stick/flash drive; and thus allow data to be written/deleted etc. at will?

I have dun a trawl - "out there Skully" - and can't find any "how to..."

I'm using Mac systems - and the (lost) post I refer to above was of course re' windoze...

Regardless, any pointers will be much appreciated...


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May 13, 2020 at 18:02:46
Hi trvlr.

I think one of these backup methods, will do what you want.
Backups in Linux - HOW and WHERE to do it!

How to Auto Backup Files to USB Media When Connected

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May 13, 2020 at 18:05:05
Opp's, my head went to Linux, but you get the drift.

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May 14, 2020 at 06:04:54
Hi John:

Will any of these apps actually allow with a DVDRW what can be done with a usb stick.

Simply copy files/folders to the device, and then delete individual files/folders, and/or add more as required - without reformatting etc.?

They appear to be backup/archive apps?

I have in mind the idea of using a DVDRW as if a floppy or a flash drive; both of which are in effect open to add/remove content at any time.

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May 14, 2020 at 06:26:29
Format the disc as a UDF format disk:

Oops! I've just noticed that you are using OS/X This used to support UDF disks, but it appears that support was removed in El Capitan, so you may be out of luck. But it may be worth doing a Google search on "UDF OS/X".

The reality is that Apple are discouraging the use of optical disks nowadays.

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May 14, 2020 at 09:37:04
Hi "ijack" - and yup... udf was an option in earlier versions of Mac OS X; but disappeared in later versions - and definitely not in Catalina.

windoze does allow it - mostly via bolt on software - Roxio etc. - if my research is correct.

It was nice idea - but clearly not one to pursue any further... Otherwise I will eat into valuable time normally dedicated to tasting the latest shipments of kooking sherry...

Thanks to you and Johnw for the additional research and suggestions; which did prompt me to do a little more digging - but to no avail...

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May 14, 2020 at 15:38:57
"which did prompt me to do a little more digging - but to no avail..."
Maybe not enough kooking sherry.

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May 14, 2020 at 16:23:38
Yes... in these difficult times, it’s not easy to get a regular, decent, and reliable supply... so one just has to dilute it a little. I tried diluting with vodka... but that seemed to interfere with the results and benefits of undiluted sherry... one was left a li’l bit muddled thynking...

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