Unnecessary Formatting of CDs

Hewlett-packard / PAVILION
January 23, 2009 at 12:08:01
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Pentium D 925
I have CD-RW that when checking the properties it shows I have 702 MB of free space. However, when I try to Open or Explore the blank CD Vista wants to "Prepare this Disk" and if I continue it will format the already formatted disk and instead of 702 MB it is now 453 MB, but I can now open the disk and copy a file(s) to the disk. Can you help me make use of the original formatting? Thanks Dewey

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January 23, 2009 at 19:27:10
You really should be burning files to the CD, not a basic copy. That would avoid the problem.

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January 23, 2009 at 20:14:33
Formatting disks to use drag n drop is a very unreliable way of storing data.
In the early days of burners blank cd's wery very expensive in Australia anything from $15 to $25 each, so there were arguments for drag n drop or copy if you will.
These days you can buy a 100 for $25-35AU or about 10 - 15 cents each US.
As the previous poster said burn straight to disk for reliability and avoid problems.

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January 23, 2009 at 21:07:51
Just in case you didn't know, there are actually two type of formats used in Windows Vista - Mastered & Live File System. Read this article to understand the difference.

By the way I believe you were using Live File system for your CD-RW disc.


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