One track at a time (Track-at-Once-TAO), All disc...

One track at a time (Track-at-Once)

In this mode, the laser automatically turns off after each track is recorded and every subsequent track is turned on before recording. During recording, the tracks are separated by gaps in the form of special blocks that connect the tracks to each other. The standard interval between tracks contains 150 such blocks (300 KB, 2 seconds). TAO mode supports all modern CD-R drives, and some models allow you to manually set the gap size between tracks.

In TAO mode, multi-session CD-R discs are recorded, allowing subsequent data addition. The session can be written as completely, in one go, with the formation of VTOC, the file system and the "record with session closing", and in several tricks, with the preservation of temporary VTOCs in the PMA (record in which the session remains open).

The entire disk at a time (Disc-at-Once - DAO)

In DAO mode, data is recorded at one time (without turning the laser off) on one or more tracks, and the disc is closed. Therefore, a blank disc is required for recording. After writing, new data can not be appended. DAO mode is not supported by all recording drives, but the disc can be considered any CD-ROM drive. This mode is used when making original discs.

Packet Writing - PW

is used to perform multiple entries on a single track, which allows more efficient use of disk space. Each packet uses four sectors for the approach, two for the exit and one for the binding.

Packet recording does not require continuous data flow. If there is no data, the laser turns off, and when it appears, it turns on quickly. Recording will continue from the place where it was interrupted. Consequently, the data on the CD-ROM can be received in small portions and one session of a conventional CD-R disc can be recorded in several steps. Due to the packet-based recording organization, the disk is damaged due to uneven data arrival. However, this way of organizing recording does not save you from failures due to drive jolts, system hangup or power failure during recording.

Data on the CD can be recorded:

• Fixed-length packets. This recording mode is more suitable for rewritable CD-RW discs, since in this case it is easy to organize selective erasure of data. However, when using 32KB standard size packets, the available disk space is wasted. The standard capacity of CD-RW discs for fixed-length packets is about 500 MB;

• Variable-length Packets. Since the packet size can vary depending on the amount of data being written, the disk space is saved. This mode is advisable to use for CD-R discs with one-time recording. However, it should be borne in mind that not all CD-R drives support this recording mode and are able to read discs written in variable-length packets.

Preliminary formatting is to partition the disk into sectors, like magnetic disks. It is used for rewritable CD-RW discs in packet recording mode. To work with disks, an initial markup program and a CD-RW drive driver (for example, Adaptec Direct CD) are required. After formatting, the CD-RW can be used as a removable disk. Such operations as copying, deleting and renaming files will be converted by the drive driver in the process of overwriting sectors of the disk.

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