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Formatting RW CD

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Back few years I used to be able to format a CD and copy onto it anything I wanted just as if it were another 760 MB drive. Now I simply feel I am in a straight jacket with this new way of selecting fixed and limiting formats. Nowadays the CD we buy are already formatted. Is there any way that we can access a blank disk and use it as we please? Thanks for whoever is kind enough to help.

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I think you need some software called Drive Letter Access (DLA) that usually either comes as an add-on to the O/S or a facility within your burning software.

Then you can use the drive just like a floppy; writing and/or deleting individual files.

Mine came on my OEM's DVD Writer Driver CD as an add-on to Windows and also to my CD burner software, RecordNow. It uses and formats the disks in UDF Format. I don't believe CDBurnerXP can handle or add to this format. I use Windows Explorer (or RecordNow) DLA to add to and/or delete files from CDs just like floppies, e.g. for backup purposes; I just use CDBurnerXP for specialised CDs such as making Windows Boot (ISO) disks.

BTW: I don't remember

Back few years I used to be able to format a CD and copy onto it anything I wanted just as if it were another 760 MB drive

until this DLA came along.

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I don't believe CDBurnerXP can handle or add to this format.

I've just checked. To CDBurnerXP a DLA disk looks Closed (no Multi-Session Allowed) so it can't add to it; yet to Windows the disk appears open and therefore can be added to.

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