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Are CD-R disks still mystery?


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#1 52Donaldiologist

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 11:26 AM

Hi folks, I just thought I should find out if, in 2010, it is still not possible to format a CD-R disk that I previously burnt music onto? I have a stack of CD-Rs that were badly recorded and I couldnt delete the poor quality songs. Is there a way I can remove/delete the poor quality songs on each CD-R disk?

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 11:59 AM

CD R is Recordable
CD RW is Re Writable

If you have a CD-RW you can use and re use the CD

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 12:11 PM

Hi Martel, thanks for the response buddy.

I posed this question out of interest. Will rip the good quality songs onto my computer and burn them on a CD-RW.
Sad part is that I will have to throw the CD-Rs away thereafter, money down the drain!

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 01:10 PM

Be aware, that while CDRs will play anywhere, CDRWs won't play on all players.

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 07:18 PM

And CD-RWs are not reliable long-term storage. None of the RWs I recorded years ago (fortunately not many) have survived defect free, and I've recently disposed of them all.
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 08:58 PM

True. Same thing happened to me.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 05:24 AM

@Broni and Platypus, hi fellows....

What you actualy saying is that I should only use CD-RW for testing/simulation only?

One more question guys, Which burning software(malware and virus free) would you recomend?
Im currently using DVD Rip 'N Burn but it always stops in the middle of the Ripping.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 06:52 AM

What you actualy saying is that I should only use CD-RW for testing/simulation only?

Yes, that's all I would use one for.

For myself, I use Ashampoo Burning Studio.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 11:29 AM

I record LPs from a turntable to a CD recorder onto a CD-RW, then read the audio into my computer. I "clean" the audio up with some software to remove clicks, pops, hiss, etc. When I'm satisfied with the sound, I burn it to a CD-R. There's a lot of controversy as to how "permanent" CD-Rs are, but I expect a properly burned CD-R to have a lifetime of a couple decades. The CD-RWs I use only have to hold their content for a few minutes.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 12:12 PM

I have read that average life expectancy of data on standard CD`s is about 5 years. A google may turn up the article.

I do know there are high(er) quality CD\DVD`s made for the express reason of long(er) term data storage.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 03:18 PM

I do know there are high(er) quality CD\DVD`s

I've read somewhere, that commercial CDs and DVDs use different technology, than regular CDs/DVDs, we use for every day use.

This is what I use:
ripping - Freez DVD Ripper
data and music CDs, data DVDs - CDBurnerXP
movie burning - DVDFlick, ConvertXToDVD (the latter, not free)

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 05:12 PM

ComputerWorld; Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs

This article says life expectancy may be as short as 2 years.

Seem`s the type of media matters as much, more then what is used to burn it.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 08:53 PM

I've been burning (audio) onto (data) CD-Rs on my computers for more than 10 years, now. I suspect the burners that were available in 1999 were a lot less effective than the drives we have today. Still, using cheap CMC Magnetics discs, sold under a variety of retail brand names, I've only had 2 discs go bad out of hundreds. I have always burned at the slowest available speed -- back then 2x, these days 8x -- which helps compatibility and, I hope, longevity. I also burn an archival disc and store it in a box in a cool, dark spot. I make a second copy for listening purposes. (The two that went bad were "listening" CDs.)

Still, if I had critical data, I'd be paranoid. Burn slow; store in a cool, dark place; re-copy it on a regular basis (2 years sounds good, but CD-Rs are cheap and, by definition, critical data isn't!).

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 09:23 PM

For quality and longevity, buy the best and forget the rest

http://www.supermediastore.com/category/u/...ice_RangeId%3D2

http://www.supermediastore.com/product/u/t...15&offset=0
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:49 PM

Thanks a lot to everyone for their contribution, notes taken!

Slow burning speed
Good quality storage media(reputable brand)
Backing-up the contents




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