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Author’s Notes

It’s often said that the only constant in the computer and consumer electronics industries is change. Nonetheless, CD-R and CD-RW have remained a constant and trusted companion for many. CD-R and CD-RW technologies have, of course, evolved over the years but change here has come in practical and tangible improvements to quality, performance and ease of use. Unique compatibility and affordability, at the same time, have made CD-R and CD-RW the popular storage choice of industry and consumers alike.

This paper replaces OSTA’s earlier “CD-R & CD-RW Questions & Answers” document. Like its predecessor, it seeks to answer basic questions about CD-R and CD-RW product technology in an understandable and accessible way and to provide a compass pointing to sources of further information.

If you have suggestions to improve the effectiveness of this paper, please feel free to contact the author by email: Hugh Bennett


Hugh Bennett, President
Forget Me Not Information Systems Inc.


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