How to save an excel document to a CD-R?
I am trying to save a worksheet to a CD-R and keep getting an error that the
file is read only.
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- The simplistic mastering software included with WinXP does CD-Mastering,
not packet writing. Mastering software doesn't care if you are using
a CDR or a CDRW, it treats the file system the same way and marks all
the files as read-only.
The method used by the inbuilt burning does not write files in a 'CD-RW'
method whereby they can be individually accessed for updating or
deleting, but writes a whole batch as a 'session'. This means that the
disk can only be erased as a whole. The files are thus intrinsically
read-only, and marked as such. Read more at
If you want read/write capablity, then you need to install third-party
software that enables packet writing. Roxio, Nero InCD or similar.
NOTE: Saving directly to or opening directly from removable media is not a
good idea. Can/will lead to corruption of files.
Save to HDD first then copy to CD.
Gord Dibben Excel MVP
On Sun, 7 Nov 2004 12:44:05 -0800, "Harvick Fan" <Harvick
>I am trying to save a worksheet to a CD-R and keep getting an error that the
>file is read only.#1; Thu, 22 May 2008 22:28:00 GMT