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Old 08-09-2006, 03:41 PM   #1
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Having CDRW act like a USB key

Back in the good old days, when I got my first CD writer, I used CDRWs to store data.

I formatted them such that I could drag files over and it'd burn them onto the disc, acting almost like a drive.

I cannot remember how to do this in Windows, and I cannot find any information on this method in Linux.

I would like to upgrade my dad's Windows 95 machine to Linux and he just bought a CD burner (to replace a broken/bricked HP one) and wants to use this feature to replace his floppy discs.

I did not know this before he bought a burner, otherwise I would have suggested a USB key. Nevertheless, I'm curious in this feature myself.

Any info (what this method is called perhaps?) or software would be appreciated.

Old 08-09-2006, 03:55 PM   #2
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The so-called write to cdrw media like a floppy disk is also called udf and it is possible for use with Linux. Tt is still considered somewhat experimental and you need to rebuild the kernel for packet writing on CD/DVD media (CDROM_PKTCDVD).


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