I formatted a CDRW for packet writing with InCD version 4.1 and used it with two Sony CDRW drives for some time with no problem.
When I got a DVD-RW drive (Sony DW-D26A) I had problems with InCD. Often it would report the drive "not ready" and would eject the CDRW. Windows would report that the device failed. I decided to upgrade to the latest InCD version 188.8.131.52. It worked correctly with the DVDRW drive, until I tried to use the CDRW with InCD 4.1. That's when the trouble really started.
I took the CDRW to work where I still was using InCD 4.1 and a CDRW drive. I wrote to and deleted files from the CDRW using 4.1. When I put the CDRW back in the system with InCD 184.108.40.206, it reported all of the files added by 4.1 as "read-only", along with the folders that they were added to. The read-only files and folders cannot be deleted by 220.127.116.11. Attempting to do so hangs Windows Explorer: sometimes immediately, sometimes on a later operation on the CDRW. It cannot be ended. The system must be rebooted, often with a hard reset. On reboot, chkdsk reports file system errors on C:...
CDRWs formatted for packet writing have been touted as a replacement for floppy disks for many years. But all efforts to use them that way have failed because of incompatibilities, not only between packet-writing software packages, but even between different versions of the same software package. What good is rewritable removable media if it cannot be written and read on more than one system?
InCD versions were not compatible with each other several years ago, and the situation has not improved with time. It has never been possible to reliably take a CDRW formatted with InCD to any other system, read files from it, write files to it, and take it back to the original system and have it continue to function correctly. Why is that? Doesnâ€™t anyone understand how to make packet-writing software truly compatible with previous versions? Will there ever be a solution to this problem, or will packet writing always be as frustrating to use as it is today?