Cd-rw

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  1. hotrod351 macrumors 6502

    hotrod351

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    well i just burned a couple of cds from itunes and found that they won't play in my radio shack cd player but will play in my sony dvd/cd player. they are cd-rw disc and when i used toast 7 to burn them it said that most players won't play cd-rw disc. i have a few cd-r but when i try to erase them it says that theres no disc in the tray. what am i doing wrong.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Erm... I don't understand what your questions are.

    1) You have a player that won't play the disc. Do you have any evidence it has ever played a CD-RW? Most parsimonious explanation would be that it cannot play CD-RWs.

    2) Erasing the CD-RW.... how are you trying to do it? Try using Disk Utility.

    Also what kind of hardware? You have a tray? Is this on a Mac Pro? Not very many Macs have tray-loading drives....
     
  3. hotrod351 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what i have is a power mac g4 digital audio. but im using a iomega external burner to burn disc. im able to erase a cd-rw and record my music from my itunes playlist but a warning comes up and says that most players can't play cd-rw disc.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Read my #1 again.

    Also if you haven't already done so, investigate whether Patchburn can be used to increase the compatibility of your drive with OS X.
     
  5. hotrod351 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    im new to burning discs. what would be the most common used disc to burn music cds. like i said, im using a power mac g4 and burning on an external iomega burner.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, I'm sorry, I understand you now.

    CD-R is a disc that can be recorded only once. It plays in almost any CD player.

    CD-RW is a disc that can be recorded many times and erased. It does not play in all CD players.

    You should buy some CD-Rs. They are very easily available. Brand is usually not too critical anymore.
     
  7. hotrod351 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok, now i understand. a cd-r i can record music to, but only once, and the cd-rw i can record over and over again. isn't, and im sure there is, a way to erase a cd-r so it can be recorded on again.
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    No, there is not.

    CD-R = Compact Disc - Recordable
    CD-RW = Compact Disc ReWritable

    CD-Rs are a one shot deal. Once the session is closed, there's no more writing to it. There is no possible way to erase it.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    No, as far as I know, there isn't. It's a physical limitation (the method used to "burn" the disc using the laser in the drive) and not a software limitation. They're very, very cheap. Not that I promote unnecessary waste, but they are so cheap that needing to re-record them isn't such a big deal for most people.
     
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  11. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    That warning seems to be correct then.

    Use CD-Rs. And CD-Rs cannot be erased. Once they are written, that's it.
     

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