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Old 05-06-2008, 01:12 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Michael Rowley View Post
That is not what LightScribe says: the reverse side of the disk is coated with a coloured layer, which is burnt away by the laser where you want it ‘scratching’, and as the same beam is used for writing on the other face, I do not see where the scratching can come from.

Originally Posted by Michael Rowley View Post
I do not have to acquire special software, because the maker of the computer supplied it; I would have to buy the special disks. I do not know yet how well the software performs, and it may turn out that Vista provides all I need, and it may perform better.
Vista works, but it's not terribly intuitive. It does pop up a button to remind you to close the disc after it's been burnt, and you must do that, to allow it to be used on different machines, and also to stop viruses hopping on when it's used in machines with viruses on them, then hopping off onto uninfected machines later. This happened to us at the library a couple of years ago, and it was very embarrassing. Our IT people cleaned the borrower's machine and the supplier sent a closed CD. But I still manually check every CD-ROM we purchase.

Originally Posted by Michael Rowley View Post
Thank you: Imation is one brand that is recommended then.
I went off them for a few years after a couple of bad experiences, but decided to give them another go about 12 months ago and haven't had any failures.

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