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Get the Most Out of Your CD Burner

Friday, August 11th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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Q:
How can I make sure I get the most out of my CD burner? Please give me some tips.

A:
That’s a great question, especially since I talked a little about CD burners yesterday. Hopefully all of you read yesterday’s quick tip about being able to tell if you have a burner or not. By now, you all should know if your computer has one and if it does, you will more than likely enjoy this article as well. Below are some tips for getting the most out of your CD burner.

1.) The first thing you may want to do with your burner is upgrade or reshape it, if you will. The best way to do this is defragment the disk space where you usually store your files. To do this, choose the drive you want to use to keep all your files until they are ready to be burned onto a CD or DVD. To see the list of your drives, double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop. You probably won’t want to choose drive C:, because it usually has the most on it.

Of course, if that’s the only one you have, it’s your only choice, but If you have several drives, select the one that has the most free space. You never know how much space you’re going to need to store your files, so pick one that will accommodate you in that respect. Now, go ahead and run a defrag on that drive. Just right click on it, choose Properties, Tools tab, Defragment Now button. This will help eliminate any hang ups during the burning process.

2.) Another thing you may want to do is set up your CDs for the maximum quality possible. If you’re burning music files onto a CD, most burning software programs automatically include a two second space between songs. Normally that’s fine, but what if you’re burning a special type of file and you need the music to continuously move along? You don’t want that gap to ruin the flow of the music, do you?

Most burning softwares will allow you to remove that time gap. The process of doing that will obviously be different for each program, so you’ll want to read through the Help file or look through the manual that came with it. Once you have that done, you’ll never have to worry about interrupted music again!

3.) One more thing that you can do to keep your burning activities up to par is upgrade often. If your computer came with a CD burner and a burning utility already installed, you should be able to upgrade that right through your own system, but what if it’s not doing what you want it to anymore? What if you want more out of it? Then maybe it’s time to start looking for a new program. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to know for sure if you should start looking for a new burning software program or not.

  • Do you want to create duplicates of a data file or a music CD? Maybe your software doesn’t let you do this. Such programs as Windows Media Player is a good one to use for this.
  • Do you need to create ISO (.iso) image files? This type of file is usually stored on your hard drive so you can use it to make copies of files later. Windows XP won’t allow you to do this, but other programs will.
  • Do you want to create bootable CDs or do you need to create other disc formats besides standard data and audio? XP doesn’t have the options of doing these things either.
  • Would you like to be able to use your CD-R or CD-RW drive as a backup with the choice of compressing files and separating your backups between multiple CDs? You’ll definitely need other types of burning software to do this.
  • Would you like to record material onto DVDs using a recordable DVD drive? Windows XP can do some things with the DVD drive, but not this. Other programs can take care of that for you.

There are just a few things you might want to look for in a burning utility (if you’re looking into buying a new one). You can search for programs online and find one that is right for you. With a few tweaks, your burning experience can be as good as ever!

~ Erin

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