>> I still don't understand why you first have to erase the files on the RW. Don't
>> files with the same name overwrite them, as they would on a hard drive, floppy,
>> or zip drive?
>No. I'm not sure what would happen if multiple sessions have files of the
>same name. I assume that the software used to access / read the CD would
>choose the file with the more recent date. The other good reason to erase
>the disc when you are re-writing data (like a backup) is that when you erase
>the disc, you then have the entire disc capacity at your disposal. If you
>just append another session, the original sessions are still there taking up
>A CD-RW disc is not like a floppy disk, except when you use the "less
>reliable" packet writing format. A CD-RW is really more like a data tape.
>The CD-RW (or tape) cannot write over what has already been written to the
>disc. New sessions are appended, and, provided you link the sessions when
>you add the subsequent sessions, all the files can be seen and accessed.
>The other option is to erase the disc and write an entire new set of data.
far, they've "behaved" better than the R's. I alternate two for backups of my
news/email reader. Those are the ones on which I keep overwriting the files.
The other RW's are additional copies of files I have elsewhere; I add to the
files, not overwrite them.
Thanx for the explanation.
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