Cannot set CD-RW to act as normal file system

  effingpot 11:59 30 Sep 2004

I just ditched an old W98 machine where i could stick a blank CD-RW into the RW drive and set it to act like a read/write file system. I used it to have my backup programme sync files to it.

I just bought a new Tiny PC with DVD/CD RW drive and when I stick a simlar blank CD-RW disk into the drive I get options to copy files to it but either via the XP interface or the included CyberLink Power2 Go programme I cannot find a way to format or use the disk like a diskette.

Any clues appreciated.

  TBH1 13:45 30 Sep 2004

think this facility will come with your CD writing software, Nero or adaptec or something - called direct Cd or INCD - - minds playing tricks on me but it can be done.You should still be able to read the discs you created on your w98 system

  effingpot 14:36 30 Sep 2004

Mmm- I'm using CyberLink Power2Go - came with the machine. It does not seem to support a direct write (drag and drop) mode onto CD-RW. Neither does XP it seems.

Am I missing something or do I need a differnt product?

thanks, mike

  no-name 15:32 30 Sep 2004

As TBH1 says, you need something like Nero InCD to make your drive act like a floppy drive.

  effingpot 20:43 05 Oct 2004

OK I've figured it out with your help and from Cyberlink Tech Support.

If anyone is interested the problem seems to be as follows:

The SW I now have (Cyblerlink Power2Go) doesn't let you format a CD-RW for drag n drop from Windows Explorer. So useless for me.

I got Nero from eBay for a couple of quid and used InCD. You just format the CD and off you go. Simple.

So if you buy a TINY PC beware - the software may not be much use.

Now to find out why it won't write DVDs either. I'm gonna try other SW first after this experience.

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