Mini disc drives for pc?

  monkon2 17:48 11 Jun 04
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I have just been given several Minidiscs, they are manufactured by sharp and are 74 minutes long and have the code MD-R 74 on them, my query is can you buy a recording drive to fit in your pc that accomodates these discs and are they capable of handling data as well as music? they are more like a floppy disc with a cd in the middle than a normal cd

thanks in advance

  stalion 17:52 11 Jun 04

have you tried playing them on your cd player?

  accord 17:56 11 Jun 04

unfortunately Sony didnt go down the road of these butes being able to take data. God only knows why. Great for music though.

  monkon2 18:12 11 Jun 04

no , i havent tried, they are in no way going to fit!!! oh well, guess i have some new coasters ................................

thanks

  PSF 19:00 11 Jun 04

You can record Mini disc on a standard CDR, my son uses them for music with his mini disc player.
They should be 8cm wide, there is provision for them in the cd tray. I am not sure if it would work in a slot player.

  PSF 19:03 11 Jun 04

You can record Mini disc on a standard CDR, my son uses them for music with his mini disc player.
They should be 8cm wide, there is provision for them in the cd tray. I am not sure if it would work in a slot player.

  Arthur Scrimshaw 19:13 11 Jun 04

PSF

I think you are confusing 8cm CDs with minidisks (MD) which are housed in a plastic case (a bit similar to 3.5" floppys but with optical disks rather than magnetic.

All MDs use ATRAC compression when recording, so I don't know who this would affect data - I assume you can't use them for this.

All you need is a net recordable minidisc that connects via your usb and then you can transfer songs vis ATRAC to the discs to play on the move

  PSF 19:25 11 Jun 04

Oops, I see what you mean, he uses mini-disc (cd's) not mini-disk... click here

  monkon2 19:31 11 Jun 04

thanks for clearing that all up, much appreciated

  MIke 21:14 11 Jun 04

From what I've read Sony wanted the minidisc to replace the floppy but as the floppy is so universal it never happened. They are planning on bringing out a new type of minidisc with a larger capacity (1GB) called HI-MD and plan on making this useable as a data disc

click here


And yes I agree with accord they are great for music. Shame they haven't taken off in UK like they did in Japan and Germany.

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