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  1. #1


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    cd-rw


    I use cd-rw's for my rescue discs because Macrium updates maybe 2-3 times a month. It has worked well for some time now.
    How often would you exchange the disc for a new one?

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You can use a CD/DVD-RW maybe five times, maybe a little more. I've had a couple last up to 10 reburns. If you keep em clean they should last as long as any regular CD/DVD until you reburn it. I'd test them once a week to make sure they were still viable. I've got CD-RW and DVD-RW's I burnt years ago that are still good.
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    CD-Rs are so cheap I would not trust my backup to a CD-RW, ever.
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  4. #4


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    If your data is irreplaceable do not use CD-RW

    The more you use them the weaker they get, and theyre not that strong to begin with, they were designed to be used as work horses then disposed of.. They are also very slow because they have to erase previous burns before writing new data..

    CD-R are very cheap its like .30 each or less if you get no name brand. Thats about $12.00 per year for your needs..

    The slower you burn CDs the more reliable the data will be.

    If you want to use them instead of throwing them away then make backups more often.

    Make a backup every week on different CD-RW, so that the worst case is you lose a week...

    Cycle through maybe 3 or 4 CDs, maybe mark them the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th. to show backup date.

    Have you considered a flashdrive backup?
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  5. #5


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    cd-rw


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    You can use a CD/DVD-RW maybe five times, maybe a little more. I've had a couple last up to 10 reburns. If you keep em clean they should last as long as any regular CD/DVD until you reburn it. I'd test them once a week to make sure they were still viable. I've got CD-RW and DVD-RW's I burnt years ago that are still good.

    >>I assume you mean to use the entire disc 5 times. I insert it and Macrium says it needs erasing which it then does, erases. Then it writes the rescue disc, which I then test. I would think it could last quite a long time or many writes as the information is so brief. I usually change it once a year as I only write to it maybe 3 times a month.
    Please correct me if I am wrong. If you inspect the shiny side you will see that it does not really erase but continues to write as the circle grows larger.
    I read a cd-rw could be written to 50 times but would never do that.
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  6. #6


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    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6


    DVD-Rs are much cheaper than CD-RW, I don't care if I only have to write 200MB of data on a 4GB DVD disc because they cost 10 to 15 cents each if you buy a pack of 50 or 100.
    Rewritable CDs are more unreliable the more you erase and re-write on it.
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  7. #7


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    reliable


    There is no arguing that fact, and thank you.
    I will be cautious.
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