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Configuring a Burner as a 2nd hard drive

By davidpatterson ·
How do I configure Windows 98 so that I can use my cd writer as a second hard drive? When I want to save a file, I want it to be written to the CD in the CD burner immediately. I don't want to save the file to C then open a program to copy the file to the CD. thanks

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by valis In reply to Configuring a Burner as a ...

you have to use a third party piece of software, like the latest adaptec or nero

nero has "image drive" that does what you need.

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by CptOmlly In reply to Configuring a Burner as a ...

Windows 98 does not provide native support for CD writing of any kind, so you of course have to seek 3rd party solutions. Easy CD creator and Nero both include programs that will allow you to use a CD as a "hard drive". Nero uses InCD, and Easy CD uses DirectCD. You should keep in mind that these CD's created are not going to be readable by systems not running the same InCD/DirectCD software.

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by TheChas In reply to Configuring a Burner as a ...

You can ONLY do this to a CD-RW disk.

With a formatted CD-RW disk in the drive and your CD-RW software active, you should be able to save straight to a RW disk.
(Windows will still save the download in the temporary internet files, then transfer the file to the CD when the download is complete.)

The reason that you cannot / (do not want to) save to CD-R disks in this manner is that there is a limited amount of File Allocation Table space on the disk.
Each new CD-R session creates a new FAT.
Once you run out of space in the FAT area, the disk is scrap and you may not be able to recover ANY files.

Keep in mind that neither CD-RW or CD-R disks are considered to be archival in nature.
For any critical files, you want a minimum of 3 CD-R copies.

Chas

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