jase wrote:Honestly, I really, really can't see the point of using CDRW.
In the stores where I get my media, CDRW is typically around 5 times the price of CDR, and a lot more sometimes for the fast stuff. All this, and generally writing slower and with lower quality.
Unless you are seriously going to use that CDRW 20 times or more, they are a pointless waste of time.
I think you're being a bit harsh. I use CDRWs for test burns when I'm trying things out and as a sort of "big floppy" for data transfer (no packet writing). All my RWS are still OK, although I tend to avoid the 4x disks I bought for my old drive (kinda slow
On the other hand, you're right about the price and speed difference- RWs will never be mainstream all-purpose media until this changes.
There is another problem that I have to mention (despite my RW-advocacy), namely the 3 (or is it 4) generations of media with limited compatibility:
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4-10 or 12x (high speed)
My LiteOn 48246S burns the only UltraSpeeds I've tried (Verbatim) at 10x, which is below spec, as well as at 16x and 24x and unsuccessfully tries to burn the Intenso/NanYas at 16x (they are excellent at the rated 12x- see here
An Artec WSM-YF52 (48/16
/50) to which I have access at work doesn't recognize the Verbatims and wants to use 4x. It seems to do OK with the Intensos at 12x (haven't done much). I think the 16x RW on this drive is marketing hype- has anyone been able to use it? There is no new firmware for this drive either. Jase - you're an Artec user: is this typical? It sure differs from LiteOn's frequent updates.
The upshoot is: if you use several drives, you may be stuck with 4x as the lowest common denominator.