glad i did a search and found this out.
my major complaint about CD-RWs are the packet writing software. you got incompatible formats (directCD and InCD) which becomes a major nuisance. and i think that's why CD-RWs never really caught on to replace the floppy disk. it's so annoying to use nero at home (with InCD), and to take your data with you, only to find a machine that has roxio (with directCD) and it won't work. or having to read a directCD formatted CD-RW on my nero machine at home. because installing both InCD and directCD creates a conflict. so what's the point of using RW media? when i burn data with R media, i know it's compatible.
i was hoping DVD+/-RW would clear this up, and i see the same crap is still happening. i almost exclusively use DVD+R/+RW for file archival purposes. i save a lot of my stuff on DVD+R, but i got a spindle of DVD+RW media that i would like to use as well. i know with DVD+R, i don't have to deal packet writing, but if i want to make a utilities CD (or whatever) with DVD+RW, then i have to choose and i'm stuck with a format. so if i were to transport it and use it in someone else's PC and they have roxio pre-installed, and i have InCD, then whoops, i have a problem.
was mt. rainier supposed to help fix this nonsense? will i gain anything from getting a mt. rainier compatible drive?