Vista Randomly Erasing CDRW Media

By loudinjones ·
New computers were recently installed in my lab. They have Windows Vista Business edition and Microsoft Office 2007. Due to budget constraints I'm having my students use CDRW media to store their files.

The problem is that it appears that the disks are randomly being erased or corrupted.

Any ideas about what I need to have the students do or any changes I need to make with any settings for the drive or the OS?

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Writing to optical disc is NOT part of the OS ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Vista Randomly Erasing CD ...

Therefore you'll have to narrow your field of view to whatever 3rd party 'burner' you have installed on your system, I think.

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CDRW Not Permanent

by TheChas In reply to Vista Randomly Erasing CD ...

CDRW disks are not by any means permanent. I rate them as less reliable than floppy disks. I have all but stopped using them myself.

In my experience, CDRW disk work best if they are ONLY used on a specific computer and optical drive. At least for write access.

This is especially true if different CD burning software is installed on the different systems that the disks are used in.

Higher quality media may help. Also make sure that the same software is on all systems.

I believe that the burning software that is built into Vista is still a basic version of Roxio Easy CD Creator.


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