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CD capacity when formatted as a flash drive

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October 8, 2012 4:10:59 PM

Hello,
Nowhere online can I find the specs on the final amount of useable space that will be available when formatting a CD as a flash drive. I'm sure there must be a loss of space, but I wonder how much. Anyone out there hold the answer to this conundrum for me? Thanks a bunch.

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October 8, 2012 8:40:04 PM

A CD when formatted in UDF (what MS refers to as Live File System), for drag and drop use like a flash drive, uses about 150MB for the format overhead, so a 650Mb (74 minute) CD will have around 500MB of usable space.

I think there is some discussion of that here: http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/html/indepth_cd_cap...
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October 12, 2012 12:11:39 AM

I figured there had to be some loss of space to account for files necessary to allow reading/writing/editing of this medium. Thanks a lot, Real, for the answer and the link!!
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October 12, 2012 12:12:34 AM

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