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99 Minutes CD-R
  • Introduction
  • Software Compatibility
  • Compatibility Problems
  • Introduction
    It has been a while back with promises of a 99 minutes CD-R media but none ever surfaced. Over 6 months ago we already had offers of several companies who would supply us with the first samples but they never arrived. Now, since June 2000, the long awaited CD-R99 media has finally arrived for real!

    To achieve the 99 minutes two known methods are used:

    • The CD-R spiral, which starts on the inside and ends on the outer part of the CD, is now even wound closer together, this method was also used to create CD-R80 media.
    • The CD-R will be Oversized/Overburned which results in an extra 4 minutes space.

    Again these CD-R99 media do not comply to the CD Red-Book standard. If you experienced problems using CD-R80 media then forget about CD-R99 media as it will not work at all!

    The German based Engelmann GmbH has been reporting that the new CD-R99 media will not be fully useable on all CD-Writer & CD-Readers. For now only the Mitsumi CR4804 & LG CED8080B/8083B CD-Writers can write up to 99:05 minutes without any problems. Others, like the Teac CD-W54 & PlexWriters, will not go past the 90 minutes limit and most will likely stop at around 84 minutes.
    Software Compatibility
    For now CDRWin, Feurio!, DiskJuggler & CDRecord support writing up to 99 minutes but most likely all CD-R recording packages will be supporting the new media in the next few weeks!

    Keep in mind that all CD-R99 media will be recognized as CD-R80 media which can be written up to 79:59 minutes, this is because 79:59 minutes was the maximum possible recording time. Going beyond this value will result in a negative track value (this is usually the cause that some software will fail to work!).

    Compatibility Problems
    As it seems only a few CD-ReWriters can use the full 99 minutes, most can "only" go up to 90 minutes, checkout the following list from Disc4you:
    Company Model / Firmware Max. Capacity Successful Failed
    Mitsumi 4801 - - All
    4802 - - All
    4804 / FW > 2.2C 99:05 min 1x, 2x 4x
    Plextor W124T / FW > 1.02 89:59 8x, 4x, 2x -
    W8432T / FW >1.05 89:59 8x, 4x, 2x 1x
    PX-R412 - - All
    820T / FW > 1.05 89:59 8x, 4x, 2x 1x
    121032A / FW > 1.01 89:59 12x, 8x, 4x, 2x 1x
    8220T / FW > 1.02 89:59 8x, 4x, 2x 1x
    Teac CD-R 50S - - All
    CD-R 55S / FW > 1.0Q 92:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    CD-R 56S/58S *1) - - All
    CD-W512E 89:59 8x, 4x, 2x, 1x 12x
    CD-W54E 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    LG Electronics CED - 8080B
    FW > 1.00
    99:05 min 2x, 4x 8x
    CED - 8083B
    FW > 1.00
    99:05 min 2x, 4x 8x
    CD-RW - 8084
    FW > 1.00
    89:59 1x, 2x 4x
    Ricoh MP 6200 - - All
    MP7040 / FW > 1.02 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    MP7060 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    7063A-DP 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    7080A-DP 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    7120A 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    MP 8040 / FW > 1.03 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    MP 9060 / FW > 1.05 89:59 6x *2) 4x, 2x, 1x
    Samsung SW-208B 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    SM-304 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    Traxdata CDR 4120 PRO 92:59 1, 2x, 4x -
    Memorex CD-RW 8432 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -
    CD-RW 4420s 89:59 4x, 2x, 1x -

    *1) The Teac CD-R 56S/58S will record up to 89:59 minutes when running in Teac 55S compatibility mode.

    *2) Better use 2x and maximum 4x speed as this drive tends to fail at certain tracks when writing at 6x speed!


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