how to burn a cd or dvd

 

Overview

I get asked a number of times how to burn a cd/dvd. here's the basic instructions, in words.

If you still need me to show you how, and you are local I can help you. If you are not local, find somebody knowledgeable about computers in your area that can teach you.

data cd/dvd and MP3 cd/dvd

  1. get out your cd burning program, and choose to make a data cd or dvd, whichever type of media you are doing (DVD's hold 6x more than a cd).
  2. click the add files button.
  3. browse to where your files are and add them (or the folders you want).
  4. close the add-files dialog.
  5. save your compilation (optional), so you can do this again if you want to. save it in a place where you know you will find it.
  6. burn.

data cd/dvd: if you are adding later sessions

you can with nero and roxio, delete files in the previous session, and they will show up, if you put a previously burned disc in. you can also add or update files.

it doesn't work quite this way with cdrtfe I think. I don't think you can delete with that program.

audio cd

  1. get out your cd burning program, and choose to make an audio cd.
  2. click "add track".
  3. browse to where your MP3 or WAV file(s) is/are located and add them.
  4. reorganize your tracks as you see fit by clicking on a track and using the up/down arrow buttons.
  5. save your compilation, so you can do this again if you want to. save it in a place where you know you will find it.
  6. burn.
free end-user cd burning programs
cdrtfe, available from cdrtfe $free (Open Source Software)
works on windows 9x/me/nt/2000/xp/vista/7/8. installer may have an error message installing the first time, so install it a 2nd time (it will work then). after that, you must configure with this cdrtfe.ini (right-click, save as) and put it in LOCALAPPDATA\cdrtfe\ which might be c:\documents and settings\yourusername\local settings\application data\cdrtfe\ OR it could be in c:\users\yourusername\local settings\application data\cdrtfe\. By default, cdrtfe does not have 103-character joliet turned on, and it does not eject the media (it could though, this is in settings and you can save them). I also like to use ISO-level 3 (which allows for files larger than 2GiB). multisession/multiborder is also turned off by default, probably because it does not work with DVD's.
ISO disc duplicator, available from my duplicator page $free
duplicates a folder or ISO file.
pay-for commercial-off-the-shelf burning programs
these programs usually have high system requirements. Roxio bought the Mac Toast.
Nero, available from office supply stores, newegg $
comes in 3 editions, one is the OEM edition, which somes with burners sometimes. that doesn't have all the features of the full version.
Roxio, available from costco, office supply stores, newegg $
comes in 2 versions, plus there's the sonic line.
Sonic, available from sonic.com $?
professional production software for 3D Blu-Ray, DVD and streaming