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Managing Files Using a CD or DVD

The low cost and large storage size of discs, either CD or DVD, makes creating and using CDs or DVDs an effective way to back up information or transfer large amounts of information to another computer without a network. Before you can create a CD or DVD, you must have a blank writable CD or DVD and a recorder (also known as a writer or burner) installed on your computer. You can copy, or write, files and folders to either a writable disc (CD-R or DVD-R) or a rewriteable disc (CD-RW or DVD-RW). With writable discs, you can read and write files and folders many times, but you can’t erase them. With rewriteable discs, you can read, write, and erase files and folders many times, just like a hard disk. When you burn a disc, Windows needs disk space on your hard disk equal to the capacity of the disc. For a typical CD, this is between 650 and 740 megabytes (MB) and for a DVD, this is about 4.7 gigabytes (GB). Do not copy more files and folders to the CD or DVD than it will hold; anything beyond the limit will not copy. You can burn a disc using one of two formats: Live File System or Mastered. The Live File System format (Like a USB flash drive option) allows you to copy files to a disc at any time, while the Mastered format (With a CD/DVD player option) needs to copy them all at once. If you need a disc for Windows XP or later and want the convenience of copying files at any time, the Live File System is the best choice. When you need a compatible disc for older computers, the Mastered format is the better choice.

Burn a Disc Using the Mastered Format

  • one.jpg Insert a writable CD or DVD into your CD or DVD recorder.
  • two.jpg Click Burn files to disc.
  • three.jpg Type a name for the disc.
  • four.jpg Click the With a CD/DVD player option.
  • five.jpg Click Next to continue.
  • six.jpg Open the folder that contains the files you want to burn, and then drag the files onto the empty disc folder.
  • seven.jpg Click Burn to disc on the toolbar.

    The selected files are copied to the disc. The disc recorder tray opens when the disc is complete.

Burn a Disc Using the Live System Format

  • one.jpg Insert a writable CD or DVD into your CD or DVD recorder.
  • two.jpg Click Burn files to disc.
  • three.jpg Type a name for the disc.
  • four.jpg Click the Like a USB flash drive option.
  • five.jpg Click Next to continue.

    Windows names, formats, and prepares the disc for use.

  • six.jpg Upon completion, open the folder with the files you want to burn.
  • seven.jpg Drag the files into the disc folder.

    As you drag files into the disc folder, they are copied automatically to the disc.

  • eight.jpg To close the session and prepare the disc for use, display the disc folder, click the Eject button or Close session button on the toolbar.

    After you close a session, you can still add files to the disc. However, you need to close the session.

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