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CD Burning support in Panther
Authored by: martinx on Mar 03, '04 05:15:50PM
3. choose Size->660 MB (CD ROM 12 cm)

Good tip, I'll do it this way from now on. But I'm curious about the CD size. Originally CDs were 650MB but now I see other sizes regularly, for example I got a 50 pack of 700MB CDs, and in your above example you use 660MB. I've never really understood what they were doing to get the extra space, or what would happen if you tried to access a "larger" CD on an older CDROM. Any idea?

BTW, I'm really "retentive" about using up all the space on a CD-R. I usually fill it until there are only a few hundred Kbytes left, even if it means putting on stuff I don't really need on the CD but wouldn't mind having an extra "backup" copy of. I'm beginning to wonder if this, in combination with different CD sizes, might be my problem in having my burn mysteriously fail.

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CD Burning support in Panther
Authored by: Graff on Mar 03, '04 11:40:38PM

You can set up disk images of any size that you want, I was just using the largest CD-ROM size that is built-in to Disk Utility. I did this to make things easy and also because it was pretty safe. You could just as easily use the Custom option and enter in 700 MB. The only thing is that you might end up with an image which is larger than the disk you are going to burn to.

This is not a big problem however, I believe it will warn you that your image is too large when you go to burn it. Just experiment a bit and try backing down from 700 MB in 5 or 10 MB increments until it works. Most new-ish CD drives souldn't have problems with the 700 MB disks, but some older drives may not read them properly - especially the ones in old music CD players.

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