Is a CD-RW disk like a floppy?

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I have just bought a computer with a CDRW. Can I use the CDRW like a floppy disk,in other words can I write and delete files one at a time to a CD?

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This question was answered on November 13, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Subject: [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

This is a good definition between CD-R, and CD-RW I hope this can answer your question about using CD-RW like a floppy Just remember, you need to format the disk just like a floppy, then you will be able to save and delete infomation as you would a floppy disk.

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Posted by Eugene of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 13, 2001