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One New Thing
Monday, April 19, 2004
One New Thing: The existence of High Speed and Ultra Speed CD-RWs is going to mean more compatibility problems…

Although you can read them in any drive, CD-Rs and CD-RWs marked with either a High Speed or Ultra Speed logo can only be written in CD drives marked with the same logo. As we discovered today, those logos are pretty small print on the disc if you don’t know you’re looking for them! (Of course you will see an error message onscreen, but you still need to know what it means.)

Compatibility issues will certainly improve as newer CD drives become more common, but in the few years your average library will have its existing equipment before upgrading, be ready for some confusion!

This Imation page on media compatibility (PDF) has a nice summary of the possible confusion.

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