Whether you format or not depends on how you want to write. EZ CD Creator is mastering software and you donít format to use it. You never format for music to be recorded as wave files rather than just MP3 files. Most people end up using just the mastering software after a while.
You format for packet writing. The packet writing component of your software is DirectCD. You can format either CDR or RW with DirectCD. You use the CD like a big floppy and drag/paste directly to the drive in Windows Explorer. You can erase or overwrite individual files and folders with packet writing to RW where you can only erase the entire RW disc and start over with mastering software.
The data is not very secure on a packet written RW. If you have a lockup or power failure while the formatted CD is in the burner you will lose your table of contents and have to jump through some hoops to retrieve your data. DirectCD is the only packet writing software that allows you to record to CDR and the data is more secure.
Check the sales and stock up on some good quality cheap CDRs. Whether you have to use top quality brands depends a lot on your burner. I record my music on cheap stuff but store important data on better quality media. Once you do a major backup to several CDs you will find that a single CDR will last a long time for backup using multi-session. I bought a lot of CD-RW blanks when I got my first burner and ended up giving them all away Ė just kept one for experimenting and troubleshooting. They are a good choice to learn on though.
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