What's up with this CD-RW?

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  1. applecupcakes macrumors member

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    My Dad has a CD-RW that he is trying to burn some work-related things on but we both can't figure this out. When he tries to put anything on it, it says the CD is full - but it's never been used. I put it into my computer (I'm at work right now so I only have Windows, unfortunately), and lo and behold - the CD appears to be empty when you open it as a folder, but by going through the Properties menu, is shows the capacity as being 100% full - at 0 bytes.

    In case it isn't obvious, I know little to nothing about burning CDs. Is this just a bad CD or are they supposed to be this way? Haha. Thanks!
     
  2. OscarTheGrouch macrumors 6502

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    Werid.. I would try a different CD also to see what happens..
     
  3. applecupcakes thread starter macrumors member

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    Oddly enough this is the only CD with which we're experiencing this problem!
     
  4. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    mabey someone closed a writing session on that cd w/ out really writing anything on it :confused: ...or its just a dud
     
  5. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Question, is it - or + type, as this can make a difference with some writers.
     
  6. yg17 macrumors G5

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    That's only DVDs. There's no such thing as a CD+RW


    Try erasing it, if it'll let you. It might've been written with no data (yeah, it's possible) which would make it appear 100% full.
     
  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    It is an RW. These must be formatted first. Try that and see if that helps.

    Also yg17: There is such a thing as CD+R and CD+RW but they were completely integrated into the CD-R standard when it was ratified. Same is true for the short lived CD-RAM.

    TEG
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Oh, well that was what, 15 years ago? :p
     
  9. TEG macrumors 604

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    I still run into them from time to time. I'll get calls asking how to use them, and I have to tell them to use it like a CD-RW.

    TEG
     

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