Half on, half off -- New CD-R drive and 512-byte blocks

From: Christopher Smith <csmith_at_amdocs.com>
Date: Tue Apr 9 15:17:56 2002

Hi everybody. This isn't strictly on topic, but I think the intent
of the question makes it close enough.

I just bought a new CD-RW drive -- a Sony CRX145s -- and am curious
about whether it may read the 512-byte blocks necessary for using it
as a backup boot device on my VAXen, Sparc, SGI, etc.

Does anyone know whether this, or just for information, some other
CD-RW unit, will do such a thing?

Note that I do know that discs are written in 2048 byte blocks, and
the answer won't affect its performance in writing disks on these
systems. I am also aware that doing this for the long term may
needlessly shorten the life of the drive. As I said above, it is
more for curiosity, and eventually I would like to know that in case
my RRD42 dies, I have a backup. :)


Christopher Smith, Perl Developer
Amdocs - Champaign, IL

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