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CD-RW drive packs more data

Plextor has announced a new CD-rewritable drive that can squeeze 40 percent more data into standard blank discs.

The PlexWriter Premium can pack 980MB of data into a 700MB (80-minute) disc and 1.2GB into an 880MB (99-minute) disc, according to the CD gear maker. It does so using the GigaRec option in the bundled PlexTools Professional software, working with the drive's hardware.

Compression is achieved by burning smaller-than-normal pits into the surface of a blank disc--up to 40 percent smaller, thus allowing it to pack in 40 percent more data, according to enthusiast sites.

Fremont, Calif.-based Plextor did not give details on the process, and could not be reached for comment.

Such "compressed" discs may not be playable on CD drives, however. Because of the special nature of the pits, a standard drive's laser may not be able to read them properly.

News source: C|net news.com

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