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Old 14-04-2005, 12:29 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Can a regular CD/DVD rom drive read from the PMA of a CD?

If I use a CD burning program to write files, and leave the session open, it stores file information in the CD's program memory area. CD burners can easily access this part of the disc, but can a regular CD/DVD rom drive read this part of the disc? Or is there a utility program that can make the drive do it without having to reconfigure the settings?
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Old 18-04-2005, 05:57 AM   #2   [permalink]
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what are you trying to do? i reckon you'd be best off to try asking at http://club.cdfreaks.com

a quick search tells me :

When a Read TOC/PMA/ATIP command is presented for a DDCD/CD-R/RW media, where the first TOC has not been recorded (no complete session) and the Format codes 0000b, 0001b, or 0010b are specified, this command shall be rejected with an INVALID FIELD IN CDB. Devices that are not capable of reading an incomplete session on DDC/CD-R/RW media shall report CANNOT READ MEDIUM INCOMPATIBLE FORMAT.
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I found that Daemon Tools, the excellent program that it is, can list session information about CDs without even a complete session burned onto it. And the part that I was interested in is that it can read the files off the disc using the info in the PMA. Thank you for helping though.
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