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1-1] What's CD-R? CD-RW?




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This article is from the CD-Recordable FAQ, by Andy McFadden (fadden@fadden.com) with numerous contributions by others.

1-1] What's CD-R? CD-RW?

(1999/12/19)

CD-R is short for "CD-Recordable". Recordable CDs are WORM (Write Once,
Read Multiple) media that work just like standard CDs. The advantage of
CD-R over other types of optical media is that you can use the discs with a
standard CD player. The disadvantage is that you can't reuse a disc.

A related technology called CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) allows you to erase
discs and reuse them, but the CD-RW media doesn't work in all players.
CD-Rewritable drives are able to write both CD-R and CD-RW discs.

All CD recorders can read CDs and CD-ROMs, just like a standard CD-ROM
drive.


 

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