Burning CDs

How do I burn compact disks?

(Note: There are two different types of CD media, CD-R and CD-RW, and two types of DVD media, DVD-+R and DVD-+RW. The difference between CD and DVD media is size. DVDs hold 4.6 GB of data while CDs only hold 700 MB (approximately 1/7 as much). Both the CD-R and DVD-+R are media that can only be written once. It is used mainly for music (audio) creation and for permanent data creation, like pictures. The DVD-/+RW and CD-RW are media that can be written, erased, and rewritten. It is used for data storage that is temporary, such as file back-ups. This type of media can be formatted to act like a hard drive and accept data just like any other drive.) In order to burn DVDs, you must have a burner that says "DVD-RW" on the drawer. If it just says "CD Rewriter," then you can only burn CDs.

Most computers have a program installed that will lead you through burning a CD. This program may be Roxio or Sonic or Nero. Regardless of the manufacturer, the burning procedures are similar.

  1. Defining terms within this page:
    a. "Click" means hit and release your left mouse button once.
    b. "Double-click" means hit and release your left mouse button twice.
    c. "Right click" means hit and release your right mouse button once.

  2. Creating a CD
    a. Place a blank CD or DVD into the burner and close the door.
    b. The writing software should start automatically, giving you the choices to create:
    i. A data CD for distribution among different computers (can be any compilation of files from pictures to songs)
    ii. An audio CD (specifically music designed to be played on all CD players)
    iii. A copy of a CD
    c. Depending on your choice, the CD creation requires several steps.

  3. Creating a Data CD that can be distributed to other computers:
    (Note: The data CD can be added to any number of times until the CD is full.)
    a. Ensure the "Data CD" is selected
    b. At the creator screen, double-click the drive that contains the data you wish to transfer.
    c. When the directory listing comes up in the box, find the directory that contains the data you want, and double-click it.
    d. When the listing of files appears, find the file(s) you want, click on each file to select it, and click on "Add Now" to add the file to the CD listing.
    e. After you select all the files you want to add to the CD, click "Next."
    f. Once all the files are on the new CD, click the "Record" button.
    g. The CD will write, and, when it's finished, the CD Writer will open and the CD is complete. The program will display a message that the CD was created successfully.

  4. Creating an Audio CD that can be played on other players:
    (Note: The audio CD only sees and plays the first writing, so have enough music selected to fill the CD because you can't add to it later!)
    a. At the creator screen, ensure the "Audio CD" selection is selected.
    b. When the directory listing comes up in the box, find the directory that contains the music you want, and double-click it.
    c. When the listing of songs/tracks appears, find the one(s) you want, click on each song to select it, and click on "Add Now" to add the file to the CD listing.
    d. After you select all the songs you want to add to the CD, click "Next."
    e. On the "Close Session" screen, ensure the "Close Session" has a dot in front of it, and click "Next."
    f. When you are ready to write the CD, click the "Record" button.
    g. The CD will write, and, when it's finished, the CD Writer will open and the CD is complete. The program will display a message that the CD was created successfully.

  5. To make a copy of a CD (if you have two CD players on your computer):
    a. Place the original CD in the CD Player and a blank CD in the CD Writer.
    b. When the program starts, it will identify the two CDs.
    c. Ensure there's a dot in front of "Test & Copy," and click "Copy."
    d. When the copy is made, the CD Writer will open and the screen will display the message that the CD was created successfully.
    (If you have only one burner):
    a. Place the original CD in the CD burner.
    b. When the program starts, it will identify the CD. (If the CD begins to play, stop it.)
    c. Ensure there's a dot on "Copy," and left click it.
    d. The data from the original CD is copied into the computer memory and you are asked to insert a blank CD.
    e. The program will begin to write the stored data onto the new CD.
    f. When the copy is made, the CD Writer will open and the screen will display the message that the CD was created successfully.

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