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Kibby Mon 31-Jan-05 15:22:41

Okay, posted earlier about this and I'm about to lose tthe plot with frustration. I need to work between laptop and desktop, just boguht a new laptop for this purpose. Posted this morning to say I can copy files from desktop onto CD but when I put it inot the CD-RW drive of my laptop it cab only read it not rewrite. I was told very kindly that my CDs must be readbale only, so I went to PC World and bought a new box of CD RW Cds, which I've formatted on my desktop and can rewrite on my desktop but when I put the CD into my laptop it's readable only, what am I doing wrong. I'm about to lose the will to live as I'm sure you are reading this, all help gratefully appreciated

NotQuiteCockney Mon 31-Jan-05 15:46:08

I'm not sure you can write the same file to a CD again - what happens if you try saving it under a new name? I can ask DH tonight.

To work between a laptop and desktop, it's easier to use a memory stick, I would say. Much tidier, no need to change file names, and you can read and write and read and write the same file as many times as you like.

Kibby Mon 31-Jan-05 15:50:58

oh God, I don't even know what a memory stick is!

starlover Mon 31-Jan-05 15:55:34

try something like this perhaps?

disgo memory stick

starlover Mon 31-Jan-05 15:56:32

DP has one... and uses it tons. As far as I know you just plug it into the USB port on your pc... save the stuff onto it, and then you can plug it into the USB on your laptop and get it all off again!

Kelly1978 Mon 31-Jan-05 16:05:07

Has your laptop def got a RW drive? Many don't have, it might be a read only drive. Also, have you checked compatibility - are the discs + or -R?
I agree with the other posts, memory sticks are a lot better for transfering files between a PC and laptop, far easier and quicker.

NotQuiteCockney Mon 31-Jan-05 16:10:42

You just need both computers to have a USB port free. Memory sticks are very easy to use, they give you another drive that's portable.

And as with the example that starlover's posted, they're not very expensive.

phatcat Mon 31-Jan-05 16:12:25

kibby - i'm pretty sure that files written to cd under Windows are read-only by default but that you can switch off this property by going to Windows Explorer, highlighting the file in question on the CD drive, right clicking on properties and unchecking the read-only check box - hth

Kibby Mon 31-Jan-05 16:15:12

thanks a lot everyone, i'll look into the memory stick option and do what you suggested phatcat thanks again

Blackduck Mon 31-Jan-05 16:37:18

Memory sticks (usb sticks...) think of them as the next generation floppies.....fit into a usb port and show up in your system as a removable hard drive...easy to transfer docs...wonderful things...

Kibby Wed 02-Feb-05 11:40:18

I know I sound very stupid here, but can anyone tell me a USB stick , memory stick, do you have to buy a particular one for a particular computer or are they just standard things like floppy disks

NotQuiteCockney Wed 02-Feb-05 11:41:01

They're standard. You just have to be sure that both computers have USB ports. Beyond that, choose one that's a) got enough memory b) is sturdy-looking.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 02-Feb-05 11:41:21

And it's not a stupid question - memory sticks are pretty new things. You want to get this sort of thing right!

Kibby Wed 02-Feb-05 11:42:52

you're so nice, okay, where abouts is a USB port?

Blackduck Wed 02-Feb-05 11:43:51

Only other issue is that some older operating systems don't support them (thinking 95 here...) If you have XP its fine, the machine will discover the stick when you put it into the USB port and voila, another hard drive......

Blackduck Wed 02-Feb-05 11:44:36

USB ports could be at the back or the front of a desktop PC (or both!)

NotQuiteCockney Wed 02-Feb-05 11:45:26

On a laptop, they can be on the side or the back. On a desktop, they're mostly at the back (although we have them on the top, and two on the side of the monitor!).

If you've just bought the laptop new, then it almost certainly has at least one usb port. I don't know when they started putting them in PCs, but I can show you a picture of one. Well, there are two circled there, really.

Blackduck Wed 02-Feb-05 11:46:32

NQC I'm impressed! They do usually come in pairs too.....

Kibby Wed 02-Feb-05 11:48:02

thanks a million - are they expensive

NotQuiteCockney Wed 02-Feb-05 11:48:50

We have too many USB things. We have a fan. We have a massager. We have wireless networky things. We have a small mouse for DS1. DH's blackberry (or one of them, at one point) took USB for power.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 02-Feb-05 11:49:08

You can get a memory stick for £25 no problem. So, no.

Blackduck Wed 02-Feb-05 11:50:50

try ebuyer.co.uk - look for flash memory - they do their own (and its perfectly good)128MB for less than a tenner...

galaxy Wed 02-Feb-05 11:52:40

YOu can also get a USB expansion thingy to go into your PC so you can connect more than one thing. This is what we have on ds's PC.

On our laptop, the port is in the front.

Kibby Wed 02-Feb-05 11:56:05

thanks a lot every one

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