DirectCD vs. InCD

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  1. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    After reading this topic, I'm interested in Nero to replace Easy CD Creator.
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=91829
    My actual Easy CD Creator isn't legit and I'm removing all my illegal softwares systematically and this is the second last one.

    DirectCD comes with Easy CD Creator 5 Platinium, I'm very sure about that, because I use that software.
    InCD comes with Nero and I ASSUME that InCD works exactly like directCD, at least according my readings.
    What I like about directCD is the use of a CD (in drive D: ) like a diskette (in drive A: ) with the same possibilities, especially the use of copy/paste in Windows Explorer without burning CD's.

    1. Question #1 :
    I have many CD-RW's, which are formatted with directCD. In fact I use directCD as a backup for my personal files, because I don't have a professional backup system and I don't really need one, not on my home computer.
    Can I read and write directCD-RW's with Nero InCD or do I have to start all over again ?

    2. Question #2 :
    Formatting a CD-RW with directCD takes a very long time (more than 20 minutes).
    Is Nero InCD any better or just the same ?

    3. Question #3 :
    Is using directCD/InCD as technical safe as burning a CD or is there a difference ?

    4. Question #4 :
    DirectCD-RW's have a capacity of 533 MB in stead of 650 MB due to the directCD formatting.
    That's not a problem for me.
    However, I heard (I don't know if it is true) that a directCD-RW has the same capacity (650 MB) as a normal CD, when your OS = winXP and not win2000proSP4, which I use at this moment.
    Is that true ?

    5. Question #5 :
    I'm also planning to read and write on DVD in the future after buying a new computer.
    Is Nero able to read and write on DVD and can I use InCD to use a DVD as a diskette (in drive A: ) ?

    Just share your experiences or knowledge, whatever it is, I will appreciated it.
    Most of my questions aren't really answered any where.
     
  2. JRosenfeld

    JRosenfeld Registered Member

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    CDs burnt with packet writing software such as InCD or Direct CD are not reliable for long term storage of backups; the information on them is easily corrupted. In Roxio, it is better to use CD data project in Easy CD creator, and in Nero, its equivalent. These require a blank (fresh out of the pack CD and there is no formatting, another advantage for you since you say it is the formatting that takes the time.
    Also CD-RW disks are less reliable than CD-R. Despite what the manufacturers claim, a CD RW disk will rarely survive being rwritten more than a couple of dozen times. The info on them is also more likely to fade more quickly than on a CD-R. CD-R disks are so cheap these days, it is really not expensive to use them for backup.

    I suggest that you visit the Roxio user's forum, at

    http://boards.support.roxio.com/rox...s.support.roxio.com/roxio/board?board.id=0042

    and in particular read through this post:

    http://boards.support.roxio.com/roxio/board/message?board.id=0042&message.id=150033

    It also has useful info on how to uninstall roxio fully, using roxizap (with link to download).
     
  3. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    JRosenfeld,
    Thank you very much for your time, info and links.
    I guess, I have to change my working with CD's totally.
    Another note in my Disappointment Diary :(
     
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