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Section 30: Direct CD
  1. What is Direct CD? (990420-0025)
  2. What is a UDF v1.5? (990420-0023)
  3. How do I Fix an Unreadable Disc? (990427-0029)
  4. Direct CD does not launch automatically when I insert a blank CD-R / CD-RW disc. (990427-0025)
  5. How do I Erase the Contents of a Direct CD Disc? (990420-0031)
  6. How do I use Direct  CD if I have more than one CD-R or CD-RW drive? (990420-0017)
  7. Direct CD does not save long filenames, but changes filenames to 8+3. (990421-0002)
  8. I can't read my Direct CD disc in a CD-ROM drive. (990427-0030)
  9. Which operating system can I run Direct CD under? (990420-0022)
  10. How do I Write to a CD the First Time? (990420-0035)
  11. How do I Eject a Direct CD Disc to Read on Another Computer? (2)-(990420-0030) (9904420-0029)
  12. I close my disc to ISO, but can't read it with my CD-ROM drive. (990427-0032)
  13. How do I change the writing speed for Direct CD? (990420-0016)
  14. Can Direct CD write audio files? (990420-0037)
  15. How do I write More Data to a Direct CD Disc? (990420-0033)
  16. I closed my disc to ISO 9660, but I can't read it on my CD-ROM drive under DOS. (990427-0034)
  17. How can I use Direct CD with my Backup software? (990427-0018)
  18. How do I write More Data to an ISO 9660 Disc? (990420-0034)

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30-1: What is Direct CD? (Article #990420-0025)

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Description:
What is DirectCD?
Solution:
DirectCD is a program that allows you to write files directly to a CD-Recordable (CD-R) or CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) disc in much the same way that you copy files to a floppy diskette or removable drive.

DirectCD lets you read and write your files directly to your CD with any software application that can read from and write to a drive letter. Some examples include:

* Software applications, such as Microsoft Word, when you use the Save or
Save As commands
* Windows Explorer when you drag and drop files
* The Windows Send To command

DirectCD provides a file system based on UDF v1.5 and writes data to the CD-R or CD-RW disc using packet writing technology. This file system gives you drive letter access to your CD-R or CD-RW drive.
DirectCD includes a Wizard that guides you step-by-step through the process of preparing and ejecting CD-R and CD-RW discs.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 03:09 PM Article #: 990420-0025
Category: General Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:24 AM    

 

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30-2: What is a UDF v1.5? (Article #990420-0023)

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Description:
What is a UDF v1.5?
Solution:
Universal Disk Format. A file system standard that enables a CD-Recordable drive to be used as a logical device on a computer system. In other words, UDF lets you read files from and write files to a CD in your CD-R or CD-RW drive, just as you would read and write files to a floppy disk or a hard disk drive. DirectCD creates discs with the UDF format to make the reading and writing possible.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 02:30 PM Article #: 990420-0023
Category: General Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:10 AM    


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30-3: How do I Fix an Unreadable Disc (Article #990427-0029)

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Description:
How do I Fix an Unreadable Disc
Solution:
If no window appears on the screen after about 15 seconds when you insert a disc in the, the disc may have an unreadable format. This situation can occur, for example, if the CD-R or CD-RW drive temporarily stalls while you are writing a large file to the disc. DirectCD has a ScanDisc utility that may be able to make a CD-R disc readable again and allow you to write to it and read from it. (ScanDisc works only with CD-R discs, not CD-RW discs.) To use ScanDisc, follow these steps:

1. Double-click the CD icon on the Windows taskbar. If the CD-R disc has an unreadable format, the ScanDisc window will appear.
2. Read the information in the window, then click the Start button.
Note: You can click the Help button in the ScanDisc window to learn more about ScanDisc.
3. Wait while ScanDisc repairs the CD-R disc.

A note from Help in ScanDisc Window: Here is a direct quote from Scan Disk Help Documentation "What Is ScanDisc? You can use the ScanDisc utility to restore unreadable DirectCD CD-R and CD-RW discs that were formerly readable in UDF format . After you restore a disc, you can read and write files to it again as you would to a floppy disk. The DirectCD Wizard gives you the option of running ScanDisc when it detects a disc with an unreadable format. A CD-R or CD-RW disc may become unreadable for a number of reasons. For example, the CD-R or CD-RW drive may have stalled temporarily while you were copying a large file from your hard drive to a CD-R disc. Or the power may have failed while files were being written. Or the CD-RW disc may be failing in a critical area of the disc.
Thanks go toTed for bring this to our attention.

Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/27/1999 09:27 AM Article #: 990427-0029
Category: Troubleshooting / Error Messages Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:29 AM    


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30-4: Direct CD does not launch automatically when I insert a blank CDR / CDRW disc... (Article #990427-0025)

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Description:
DirectCD does not launch automatically when I insert a blank CDR / CDRW disc in the CDR / CDRW drive. How can I resolve this?

This information applies to the following product(s):

- Direct CD

This information applies to the following Operating System(s):

- Windows 95
- Windows 98

Solution:
If DirectCD does not launch automatically when you insert a blank CDR / CDRW disc, then you may not have “Auto insert notification” enabled for your CDR / CDRW drive. “Auto insert notification” alerts the system when a disc is inserted in the drive and then the system launches the program associated with the type of disc inserted. If you insert a blank CDR / CDRW and “Auto insert notification” is enabled, then DirectCD should automatically launch. To enable “Auto insert notification” follow these steps:

  1. In your task bar, click the “Start” button, go to “Settings,” then select “Control Panel”
  2. In the “Control Panel” window, double click “System”
  3. In the “System Properties” window select the “Device Manager” tab
  4. In the “CD-ROM” category, double click on the icon for your CDR / CDRW drive
  5. In the “Properties” window, go to the “Settings” tab
  6. Verify that the “Auto insert notification” option is selected – if not, then put a check in the box
  7. Click the “Ok” button in the “Properties” window
  8. Click the “Ok” button in the “System Properties” window
  9. Windows should prompt you to restart the computer – if not, then restart manually


After you’ve restarted, DirectCD should automatically launch in a blank CDR / CDRW disc is inserted in the CDR / CDRW drive.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/27/1999 09:24 AM Article #: 990427-0025
Category: Troubleshooting / Error Messages Date Updated: 09/15/1999 03:52 PM    

 

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30-5: How do I Erase the Contents of a Direct CD Disc? (Article #990420-0031)

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Description:
How do I Erase the Contents of a DirectCD Disc?
Solution:
If you are using a CD-RW disc, you can erase the contents to free up space, then re-write new information to the CD. To erase the contents of a DirectCD disc so you can write new information to it, follow these steps:

1. In Windows Explorer, select the files you want to erase.
2. Select Delete from the File menu, or press the Delete key.
3. Click Yes to confirm that you want to erase the files from the CD.

DirectCD erases the selected files from the CD.
Note: Only CD-RW drives can read, write, and erase data to CD-RW discs. "Deleting" files from a CD-R disc makes the files invisible to the file system but does not free up any space on the disc.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 03:15 PM Article #: 990420-0031
Category: How To Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:36 AM    

 

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30-6: How do I use Direct CD if I have more than one CD-R or CD-RW drive. (Article #990420-0017)

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Description:
How do I use DirectCD if I have more than one CD-R or CD-RW drive.
Solution:
The drive information window appears if your computer system has more than one CD-R or CD-RW drive, and DirectCD cannot determine which drive has the disc you want to format. To continue with the formatting process, simply select the icon of the correct drive and click Next. This window also displays information about your CD-R or CD-RW drive:

The Device section of the window lists the model number of your drive and indicates if it is locked or unlocked.

Click the Properties button to view more detailed information about the drive.

The Media Type section of the window lists information about what kind of disc is in the drive and how you can use it.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 02:19 PM Article #: 990420-0017
Category: Configuration / Installation Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:09 AM    

 

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30-7: Direct CD does not save long filenames, but changes filenames to 8+3. (Article #990421-0002)

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Description:
DirectCD does not save long filenames, but changes filenames to 8+3.

Solution:

Be sure 'auto-insert notification' is turned on. Do this in
Control Panel | System | Device Manager | CD-ROM (select device)| Properties | Settings.

Select Explorer or My Computer and hit F5 to refresh before long filenames are supported. Sometimes a reboot is required.

 

Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/21/1999 01:40 PM Article #: 990421-0002
Category: Troubleshooting / Error Messages Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:34 AM    


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30-8: I can't read my Direct CD disc in a CD-ROM drive. (Article #990427-0030)

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Description:
I can't read my DirectCD disc in a CD-ROM drive.
Solution:
Some users may try to read a DirectCD disc that has not been closed to ISO in a CD-ROM drive. Currently there are not CD-ROM reader drivers for UDF.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/27/1999 09:28 AM Article #: 990427-0030
Category: Troubleshooting / Error Messages Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:13 AM    

 

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30-9: Which operating system can I run Direct CD under? (Article #990420-0022)

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Description:
Which operating system can I run DirectCD under?

Solution:
DirectCD works under the following platforms:

Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows NT v4.0, Service Pack 2 and above


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 02:26 PM Article #: 990420-0022
Category: General Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:07 AM    

 

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30-10: How do I Write to a CD the First Time? (Article #990420-0035)

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Description:

How do I Write to a CD the First Time?

Solution:

Before you can write data to your CD, you must first format it. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Start DirectCD, as described in Starting DirectCD. The Adaptec DirectCD Wizard Welcome screen appears.
  2. Click Next. The Format Disc window appears.
  3. Click Next to continue. The Name Your Disc window appears.
  4. Type a name to identify your disc in the Name Your Disc window. Note: The disc name can be up to 11 characters, no spaces allowed.
  5. Click Finish. Disc formatting begins. You can do other tasks on your computer while the disc is being formatted. The DirectCD Disc Ready window appears when disc formatting is complete.
  6. Click OK. The DirectCD disc is ready for you to write information to it.

     

Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 03:18 PM Article #: 990420-0035
Category: How To Date Updated: 08/11/1999 10:56 AM    

 

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30-11: How do I Eject a Direct CD Disc to Read on Another Computer? (Article #990420-0030) & (Article #990420-0029)

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Description:

How do I Eject a DirectCD Disc to Read on Another Computer?

 

Solution:

When you eject a CD-R DirectCD disc from the drive and you want to read it on another computer that has a standard CD-ROM drive, the disc must be formatted as an ISO 9660 closed session disc. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the CD icon on the Windows taskbar.
2. Select Properties from the drop-down list box.
3. Click the DirectCD Wizard tab.
4. Select the Enable ISO 9660 capability Eject option and click OK.
5. Right-click the CD icon on the Windows taskbar.
6. Select the appropriate option from the drop-down list box:
* Eject, if the Eject Wizard is turned ON, or
* Finalize, if the Eject Wizard is turned OFF
7. Select Organize the disc so that it can be read in most standard CD-ROM drives. . . and click Finish.

Note: To make the disc readable on a standard CD-ROM drive, the disc is closed as an ISO 9660 format. This format information requires 22 MB of space on the disc for the first session, and 13 MB for each additional session. Only CD-R discs can be closed as an ISO 9660 format. CD-RW discs do not support the ISO format.
When DirectCD finishes closing the disc to an ISO 9660 format, the disc is ejected from the drive and, if the Display Disc Ejected notification option is selected in the DirectCD Wizard Options, the Disc Ejected message box appears.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 03:13 PM Article #: 990420-0030
Category: How To Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:38 AM    

 

How do I Eject a Direct CD Disc? (Article Number990420-0029)

Description:
How do I Eject a DirectCD Disc?
Solution:
When you tell DirectCD to eject a disc from your CD-R or CD-RW drive DirectCD gives you various formatting options, depending on what kind of disc is in the drive and how you want to use the disc. To eject a DirectCD disc, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the CD icon on the Windows taskbar.
2. Select Eject from the drop-down list box. The Eject window appears.
3. Read the text that appears in the window and select the option you want.
4. Click Finish to eject the disc from the drive.

DirectCD ejects your CD from the drive.
There is a small amount of udf data that must be written to the disk to "finish" the session, even if it is a re-writeable that cannot be converted to ISO 9660, and if that is not done the disk will get an "unrecognized disk format" error.


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30-12: I close my disc to ISO, but can't read it with my CD-ROM drive. (Article #990427-0032)

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Description:
I close my disc to ISO, but can't read it with my CD-ROM drive.
Solution:
Some CD ROM drives can't read packet written media. The reason for this is that whenever the laser ramps up or ramps down before and after writing a packet of data, 'link blocks' are created. Some CD ROM drives fail on these link blocks. We estimate that 80% of CD-ROM drives can read packet written media.
One factor that can increase the success rate is to disable 'READ-AHEAD' on the CD-ROM drive. Read-Ahead is a feature that allows the drive to 'guess' where it will find data on the disc before it actually reads the disc. However, if a CD-ROM drive guesses that there will be data in a location where there is actually a link block, it may choke. To shut off READ-AHEAD on you CD-ROM drive, right click on My Computer and select Performance. Click on File System and select CD-ROM, then Optimize Access Pattern for NO READ AHEAD.

The industry is developing a new standard called 'multi-read' which will be available in many newer drives, and which will solve this problem.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/27/1999 09:29 AM Article #: 990427-0032
Category: Troubleshooting / Error Messages Date Updated: 08/11/1999 10:51 AM    

 

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30-13: How do I change the writing speed for Direct CD? (Article #990420-0016)

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Description:

How do I change the writing speed for DirectCD.

Solution:

1. Launch DirectCD Wizard then click on 'Next'
2. Click on 'Properties' on the device section.
3. Select 'Settings'

You will see the Device Access Speed where you can change the speed for read and write.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 02:19 PM Article #: 990420-0016
Category: Configuration / Installation Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:06 AM    

 

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30-14: Can Direct CD write audio files? (Article #990420-0037)

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Description:

Can Direct CD write audio files?

Solution:

Red Book (CD-DA) and Yellow Book (CD-XA) standards do not define packet writing, therefore audio and video cannot be recorded to UDF formatted disks.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 03:22 PM Article #: 990420-0037
Category: General Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:48 AM    

 

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30-15: How do I write More Data to a Direct CD Disc? (Article #990420-0033)

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Description:
How do I write More Data to a DirectCD Disc?
Solution:
If you previously formatted a CD-R or CD-RW disc for DirectCD use, you can add more data to it until the disc is full. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Insert the DirectCD disc into your CD-R or CD-RW drive.
2. Wait for the DirectCD Disc Ready window to appear.
3. Click OK and continue writing more data to your CD.

Please note that you must always eject the CD from the writer before powering down your system. There is a small amount of UDF data that must be written to the disk to "finish" the session so that it will be recognized by DirectCD the next time it is inserted.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 03:16 PM Article #: 990420-0033
Category: How To Date Updated: 08/11/1999 10:57 AM    


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30-16: I closed my disc to ISO 9660, but I can't read it on my CD-ROM drive under DOS. (Article #990427-0034)

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Description:
I closed my disc to ISO 9660, but I can't read it on my CD-ROM drive under DOS or Windows 3.1.
Solution:
DirectCD closes to ISO 9660 level 3, which is readable on Windows 95, Windows 98 and NT 4.0 with Service Pack 2 or above. It is not readable on DOS or Win 3.1. The reason for this is that only ISO level 3 is able to handle multi-extent files. UDF/Packet written files are written in multiple extents, and therefore require ISO level 3. Win 3.1 and DOS can't read ISO level 3.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/27/1999 09:40 AM Article #: 990427-0034
Category: Troubleshooting / Error Messages Date Updated: 08/11/1999 10:44 AM    

 

30-17: How can I use Direct CD with my Backup software? (Article #990427-0018)

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Description:
How can I use DirectCD with my Backup software?
Solution:
DirectCD's interaction with standard backup packages has not yet been extensively tested.
We know that DirectCD for Windows doesn't work with Colorado Backup, due to a bug in that software. We will announce results of further testing as we have them, here on the Web site.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/27/1999 09:18 AM Article #: 990427-0018
Category: Troubleshooting / Error Messages Date Updated: 08/11/1999 11:32 AM    

 

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30-18: How do I write More Data to an ISO 9660 Disc (Article #990420-0034)

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Description:
How do I write More Data to an ISO 9660 Disc
Solution:
If you are using CD-R media and you closed a DirectCD disc to ISO 9660 format but did not write protect the disk, you can still add more data to the disc by following these steps:

1. Insert your disc (that was previously finalized to read on a standard CD-ROM drive) in your CD-R or CD-RW drive.
2. Start DirectCD.
3. Click the Next button two times. You will see the Make Disc Writable window.
4. Select the option that says:

I will be using DirectCD to read and write the CD through the drive letter associated with the CD-R drive.

5. Click Next.
6. Type the name you want to call your CD in the Name Your Disc window, using up to 11 characters.
7. Click Finish.

You can now add more files to the CD using Windows Explorer or any Windows application.
NOTE: Only CD-R DirectCD discs can be closed to ISO 9660 format. CD-RW discs cannot be closed to the ISO 9660 format.


Product: DirectCD PC Sub-Product: Unspecified Date Created: 04/20/1999 03:16 PM Article #: 990420-0034
Category: How To Date Updated: 08/11/1999 10:54 AM    

 

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