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How to Burn CD


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In computing, optical disc authoring, including DVD authoring, known often as burning, is the process of recording source material—video, audio or other data—onto an optical disc (compact disc or DVD).

To create an optical disc, one usually first creates a disk image with a full file system designed for the optical disc, and then burns the image to the disc. The disc image is a single file, built and stored on the hard drive, which contains the entire information to be contained on the disc.

Many programs create the disc image and burn in one bundled operation, so that end-users often do not know the distinction. However, a useful motivation for learning this distinction is that creating the disc image is an "expensive" (time-consuming) process.

Most disc writing applications will silently delete this image from the "temporary directory" in which it was built unless users instruct the disc burning application to preserve the image, which can then be used for creating further copies of the same image without the need to rebuild the image each time.

Basic of CD Burning

You have a CD burner in your computer, but have no idea how to burn a CD, well here's how. It's usually pretty easy. Most CD writers come with some kind of CD writing software. Since this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, this is going to be a VERY basic lesson. It should help get you started though

Not sure where your CD burning program is? It should be lurking somewhere under the Start menu, Programs (it's not necessarily on your desktop or quick launch toolbar). If for some reason, you don't have a CD writing program on your computer you can download them from internet.

OK, assuming that you've discovered the location of your CD burning program, here's how it typically works:

1. First, if you get an option for either writing manually or via a wizard, pick the wizard (you can get fancier later on).

2. OK, now you are probably going to be asked what kind of CD you want to write, either audio or data. If you're saving files, choose data. If you're pirating music, oops, I mean making a music CD for your own use from your own CDs, choose music.

Note that for music CDs and for stuff you want to archive, a CD-R is your best choice. If you have a CD-RW, use that for data that you may or may not want to save (they don't always work so hot for music, at least from the standpoint that many CD players refuse to play CD-RWs).

3. OK, the next step is probably choosing files. Most of the time you'll get a "Windows Explorer" type interface that lets you either choose files manually or just drag & drop( copy & paste).

4. That should be about it. At this point, you should have an option for writing the CD.

Note that most programs will let you "test" before you write the CD. The first couple times you use the CD burner, this may not be a bad idea. If you find you have no problems, this is probably a step you can safely skip from then on.

During the actual CD writing process, it's best not to mess with your computer. Just stand 4-6 feet away and let it write the CD.


Most CD recorders record on the fly. If the computer is busy and can't get the info to the CD burner fast enough, you'll get a buffer underrun error - and your CD will be useless (well, you could make a modernistic coaster out of it I suppose).

Burning CD with Windows XP

Did you know that Windows XP has built-in CD burning software? That's right, and I'm gonna tell you how to use it...

It's actually very easy. Here's all ya do: 1. First, you need to tell Windows what files you want copied to CD. You can do this in a couple of different ways:

Method 1 -

The first method is to right-click the file you want to copy, then select Send To, CD-R (or whatever your CD writer is called).


Of course, you can use your CTRL key to select multiple files then send the whole mess to the CD burner. For more on the exciting world of multiple selections.

When you do this Send To thing, you'll get a cute little "balloon" from your system tray telling you that the files have been added to your recording list. Click that little balloon and you'll open the list.


Method 2 -

The next method is to open My Computer, then your CD-R or CD-RW drive. It's probably best not to have any CD in the drive at this point, since all the files on that CD will show up and make things a little confusing (OK, I guess a blank CD is alright).

Anyhow, just drag and drop (or copy / paste) the files you need to copy to the open window.


Note:- that when you send, drag, or copy these files, it only puts them on a list, it doesn't automatically start making the CD.

2. OK, at this point you should have some files that have been sent to the CD burner. Now it's time to actually make your CD. Note that if you want to sound a bit more hip, you would say it was time to "cut" or "burn" the CD, but I digress.

So, stick a blank (writable) CD into your drive, open My Computer (if it isn't already), then double-click the CD-R/RW drive. You should see the list of files you've selected to record. Note that you may already be on this screen if you either did a Send To and clicked the balloon or if you did the drag & drop thing (since this was where you were dragging & dropping to).

Now, look for the CD Writing Tasks section. It should be at the top left of the screen. Click the Write these files to CD link and it will start Windows CD burning wizard. From there, just follow the prompts.



Note that if you accidentally stick a file on the list that you don't want on CD, you can remove it by right-clicking the file and selecting Delete. Don't worry, it won't delete the file from your computer, just from the CD writing list.

And as stated yesterday, during the actual CD writing process, it's best not to mess with your computer. Just stand 4-6 feet away and let it write the CD.

Why? Most CD recorders record on the fly. If the computer is busy and can't get the info to the CD burner fast enough, you'll get a buffer underrun error and your CD will be useless (well, you could make a modernistic coaster out of it I suppose).

In fact, here's a suggestion sent in from a reader named Jeanne: "Turn off your virus program, screen saver, wallpaper, etc. (anything that might run in the background and disrupt the "burning" process). If you still encounter problems, you can lower the write speed.

Burning Mp3 CD

MP3 music files are great when you are sitting at your computer. If you have one of the portable MP3 players, it is also easy to carry MP3s with you and listen to them through headphones.

But if you want to play MP3 files in your car and your car has a CD player in it, or if you want to play them on your home stereo, then what you need to do is move your MP3 files onto a CD.

To create a CD from MP3 files, you need to do three things:

1. You need to download the MP3 files you want to listen to onto your computer. You can get MP3 files from places like mp3.com.

2. As described in How MP3 Files Work, an MP3 file is a compressed version of a CD track. You therefore need to expand the MP3 file back into a full-size CD track. This process is known as decoding, and you need to have decoding software on your computer to do it. You can purchase a decoding package or download free or trial software from the Internet.

3. You then collect all of the CD tracks together in a directory and write them to a writable CD. Your CD-R drive normally comes with software for doing this. When you write out the audio tracks, you have to be sure to tell the software that you wish to create an audio CD rather than a CD-ROM.

Since MP3 files can be easily downloaded from the Internet and your CD-R drive comes with software for writing audio tracks to a writeable CD, the main thing you need is the decoder. Two good places to look for a decoder include:

• Winamp
• MP3 Software

Download your songs, decode them and write them to a CD. Then you can pop the CD into any CD player and listen to your songs anywhere!

Burning CD with Windows Media Player

You can use Windows Media Player 10 to burn any mix of songs you want from your library to an audio CD. Once you've burned a CD, you can play it in any standard CD player. Burning mix CDs makes it easy to listen to only the songs you want. Before you begin, you need the following:

• A Windows XP–compatible CD recorder. This can also be called a CD burner, compact disc-recordable (CD-R) drive, or compact disc-rewriteable (CD-RW) drive.

• A blank CD-R or CD-RW disc. For maximum compatibility with home, car, and portable CD players, a CD-R disc is recommended.

• Songs in your library. For more information about adding songs to your library, see the Organize Your Digital Media Collection Web page.

To burn an audio CD

1. In Windows Media Player, click Library and then, in the List pane, click List, and then click Burn List, as shown in the following screen shot.


If you need to clear the list before beginning, click Burn List, and then click Clear List. 2. Drag a folder from the Contents pane or songs from the Details pane to the List pane to create a list of songs to burn.

3. In the burn list, drag songs up or down to arrange them in the order you want them to appear on the CD.

4. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc in the CD drive.

5. In the List pane, verify that the songs you have selected to burn will all fit on the disc. If necessary, remove songs from the list by right-clicking a song and then clicking Remove from List, as shown in the following screen shot.


It is possible that a song will not fit even if the total time exactly matches the CD length, because the Player inserts two seconds between songs when burning.

6. Click the Start Burn arrow and verify that Audio CD is selected, as shown in the following screen shot.


7. Click Start Burn. As the CD is burned, you can check its progress in the burn list. Burning a CD will take some time.

It is recommended that you do not try to perform any other actions while burning a CD. For example, playback may be affected if you try to play a music CD while burning a CD.

You cannot burn additional files to a CD after burning is completed. If you are using a CD-RW, you can erase the entire CD before using the Player to burn files to the CD again.

Burning CD with Nero

Click on Start in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, then Programs > CD Burning > AheadNero > Nero Express

Step 1


Step 2

Click on Data > Data Disc


Step 3

Click on Add


Step 4

Then browse for the files you wish to include on the CD. Once selected the file you want to add, click Add.

Repeat the same process for any additional files Once all files are added, click Finished.

Then click Next.


Step 5

Type in a Name for the new disc in the Disc Name box (optional) If you want to copy more files to the CD at a later date, you can choose to leave the CD Open by selecting the first check box. Click Burn.


Step 6

Wait for CD to finish burning and then click OK once completed.


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