CD-RW and CD-MRW (Mr Rainier)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by John Lee, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. John Lee

    John Lee Guest

    I recently installed a new CD unit, which incorporates InCD software that
    uses the so-called Mt Rainier technology. If you re-format a normal CD-RW
    disk with this software it becomes a CD-MRW disk. This allows the disk to be
    used in a more flexible manner (drag and drop, rapid formatting etc).
    However, documentation suggests that it could be impossible to read a CD-MRW
    on another PC if that PC did not have special software installed. I would
    like to be able to use a CD-MRW for photo images to be taken to a local
    photo dealer to process into prints. But I checked with two specialist photo
    shops locally and neither had heard of CD-MRW nor could they tell me whether
    their photo machines could handle them. Has anybody any observations on this
    please? John
     
    John Lee, Mar 29, 2005
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    John Lee wrote:
    > I recently installed a new CD unit, which incorporates InCD software that
    > uses the so-called Mt Rainier technology. If you re-format a normal CD-RW
    > disk with this software it becomes a CD-MRW disk. This allows the disk to be
    > used in a more flexible manner (drag and drop, rapid formatting etc).
    > However, documentation suggests that it could be impossible to read a CD-MRW
    > on another PC if that PC did not have special software installed. I would
    > like to be able to use a CD-MRW for photo images to be taken to a local
    > photo dealer to process into prints. But I checked with two specialist photo
    > shops locally and neither had heard of CD-MRW nor could they tell me whether
    > their photo machines could handle them. Has anybody any observations on this
    > please? John


    Hi John...

    Just my two cents worth...

    Don't even think about it!

    It is possible to create one that includes the necessary
    udf bridge software on the same CD, and that may be acceptable
    for your closest trusting friends and family, but of course
    the print shops won't allow it to run.

    I appreciate that you may like the drag and drop capability,
    so let me propose an equally simpler and far safer way to
    accomplish it if I may?

    Create a directory on your drive; name it print for
    simplicity and ease of remembering.

    Now as you come across pics that you would like printed
    drag them to the print directory.

    Just before your ready to go off to the print store,
    create a "regular" CD, or even a rewritable one and
    copy the entire contents of "print" to that CD.

    After you get back with your prints, delete the contents
    of "print", and you're ready to start again.

    Just as easy, just as fast, and far, far safer.

    Ken
     
    Ken Weitzel, Mar 29, 2005
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    SleeperMan Guest

    John Lee wrote:
    > I recently installed a new CD unit, which incorporates InCD software
    > that uses the so-called Mt Rainier technology. If you re-format a
    > normal CD-RW disk with this software it becomes a CD-MRW disk. This
    > allows the disk to be used in a more flexible manner (drag and drop,
    > rapid formatting etc). However, documentation suggests that it could
    > be impossible to read a CD-MRW on another PC if that PC did not have
    > special software installed. I would like to be able to use a CD-MRW
    > for photo images to be taken to a local photo dealer to process into
    > prints. But I checked with two specialist photo shops locally and
    > neither had heard of CD-MRW nor could they tell me whether their
    > photo machines could handle them. Has anybody any observations on
    > this please? John


    First, DON'T mess with stuff...if you want to take pics to a local shop,
    take them in normal format, i.e. make normal one session CDR or CDRW in mode
    1 or mode 2. They probably won't read Mt Rainier anyway.
    Second, forget CDMRW at all. It can forget all contents suddenly without
    warning. It happened to many people many times. If some tell they had no
    probelms, this means they were lucky...
    Stick with normal ISO format, you can add sessions until CDRW is full, then
    erase it and go on...
    If you ask me, i'd forget CDRW at all. It's not a reliable media, and too
    expensive. CDR is so cheap that it's not worthed to discuss...
     
    SleeperMan, Mar 29, 2005
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  4. On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 17:25:32 GMT, in rec.photo.digital , "John Lee"
    <> in <gcg2e.1943$>
    wrote:

    >I recently installed a new CD unit, which incorporates InCD software that
    >uses the so-called Mt Rainier technology. If you re-format a normal CD-RW
    >disk with this software it becomes a CD-MRW disk. This allows the disk to be
    >used in a more flexible manner (drag and drop, rapid formatting etc).
    >However, documentation suggests that it could be impossible to read a CD-MRW
    >on another PC if that PC did not have special software installed. I would
    >like to be able to use a CD-MRW for photo images to be taken to a local
    >photo dealer to process into prints. But I checked with two specialist photo
    >shops locally and neither had heard of CD-MRW nor could they tell me whether
    >their photo machines could handle them. Has anybody any observations on this
    >please? John
    >

    Consider a USB drive. I got a 256MB key chain USB drive as one of the
    bonuses when I bought my tax software this year. They are pretty cheap
    and easy to use.


    --
    Matt Silberstein

    All in all, if I could be any animal, I would want to be
    a duck or a goose. They can fly, walk, and swim. Plus,
    there there is a certain satisfaction knowing that at the
    end of your life you will taste good with an orange sauce
    or, in the case of a goose, a chestnut stuffing.
     
    Matt Silberstein, Mar 29, 2005
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  5. John Lee

    John Lee Guest

    Thanks Ken and Spiderman for your very helpful advice - it has saved me a
    lot of unwanted trouble I think.

    I will stay well clear of Mt Rainier.

    John
     
    John Lee, Mar 30, 2005
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    Bubbabob Guest

    Matt Silberstein <> wrote:


    > Consider a USB drive. I got a 256MB key chain USB drive as one of the
    > bonuses when I bought my tax software this year. They are pretty cheap
    > and easy to use.
    >
    >


    A lot of processors can take 4 kinds of cards plus CD's but have no
    customer accesible USB port. I'd prefer to do it this way, too.
     
    Bubbabob, Mar 31, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 22:13:22 GMT, in rec.photo.digital Matt Silberstein
    <> wrote:

    >Consider a USB drive. I got a 256MB key chain USB drive as one of the
    >bonuses when I bought my tax software this year. They are pretty cheap
    >and easy to use.


    I much prefer a medium that can not be written to by the kiosk myself. Call
    me paranoid.
    ----------
    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    See images taken with my CP-990/5700 & D70 at
    http://edwardgruf.com/Digital_Photography/General/index.html
     
    Ed Ruf, Mar 31, 2005
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