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Use high-speed CD-R media

CD-R media rated for higher-speed recordings will keep up with today’s faster writing speeds and also should be readable in slower drives. Wednesday, April 4, 2001 Use high-speed CD-R media CD-R media rated for higher-speed recordings will keep up with today’s faster writing speeds and also should be readable in slower drives.

It takes time to write information to CD-R discs–the faster a drive can write, the less time it will take to complete the operation. The problem is that ordinary CD-R media often have trouble with writing speeds above 4X. If you try ordinary media in faster 6X to 12X drives, you’ll usually see an error (such as a media error or writing error). This is why most drive makers will suggest that you try lowering the writing speeds when you see errors. To keep pace with today’s faster writing speeds, you can use “high-speed” media. CD-R discs are often “rated” for their top writing speed (i.e., certified to 12X writing speeds). CD-R discs are also generally backwards-compatible, so CD-R media rated for higher-speed recordings should be readable in slower drives.

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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