MANUALLY  BURN  FILES  ONTO  A  CD / DVD

These next two sections deal with Burning (Copying) Files onto a Disc (CD or DVD). In this section I will show you how to manually Burn (Copy) files onto a Disc (CD or DVD) using Windows 7 only. Therefore I am assuming that you do not have any Disc Burning (CD or DVD Copying) software installed or you do, but you do not know how to use it. In the next section I will show you how to Burn Files onto a Disc using some third party disc burning software.


Using Windows 7's built-in burning function only, begin by inserting a Blank Disc (Blank CD or Blank DVD) into your Disc Recorder Drive (i.e. CD-RW Drive or DVD-RW Drive). Doing so should bring up the AutoPlay requester, if the AutoPlay setting is switched on. If it is switched off just open the disc's folder (window) by double clicking on its icon (START Menu >> COMPUTER >> DVD RW DRIVE).



Fig 1.0  Click on the BURN FILES TO DISC (using Windows Explorer) option to continue

When the AutoPlay requester appears it will give you at least two options. BURN AN AUDIO CD (using Windows Media Player) and BURN FILES TO DISC (using Windows Explorer). In this example, because I am showing you how to burn (copy) Photograph files onto a disc, you need to click on the BURN FILES TO DISC option to continue. This will then bring up the Burn A Disc window.



Fig 1.1  Change the Disc Title if need be. Select an option if need be. And then click on the NEXT button to continue.

The Burn A Disc window (above) shows a DISC TITLE edit box, an option called LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE and an option called WITH A CD/DVD PLAYER. The default title is the current date, but here I have renamed it to Europe 2007. This is to remind me when (2007) and where (Europe) the Photograph Files that I am going to burn (copy) onto the disc were taken.

The LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE default option means you can burn data (folders/files) onto the inserted blank disc in multiple burning/recording sessions (multi-sessions), as opposed to burning/recording the data in one session only, by dragging and dropping folders/files directly onto the cd/dvd drive. Hence, just like you can with a flash drive. Because Windows 7 uses the Live File System format it means the discs you create with this option can only be seen/recognized by computers using Windows XP or later.

The LIKE A CD/DVD PLAYER option, which uses the Mastered format, means you can only burn data (folders/files) onto the inserted blank disc once. In one burning/recording session only. The data will be viewable on other devices though besides computers - Devices such as a car cd player that can play MP3 files and a normal dvd player that can display photograph files on a 40" widescreen tv for example.

In this example I am using the default option LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE simply because I might want to burn other computer files (i.e. Microsoft Word 2007 documents) onto the cd at a later stage. Therefore I am not interested in the LIKE A CD/DVD PLAYER option. So after entering a disc title and leaving the default option selected, the next thing to do is click on the NEXT button to continue (Fig 1.1 above).



Fig 1.2  The inserted blank disc is being formatting in the Live Fie System format




Fig 1.3  AutoPlay reappears after the format - Click on its OPEN FOLDER TO VIEW FILES option to continue

After clicking on the NEXT button (Fig 1.1 above) the inserted blank disc is then formatted in the Live File System format (Fig 1.2 above) , purely because I chose the LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE option. If I had chosen the LIKE A CD/DVD PLAYER option the inserted blank disc would of been formatted in the Mastered format. Anyway. When the format has finished the AutoPlay requester appears again (Fig 1.3 above) asking you if you want to open the newly formatted disc's folder (window), which you do of course, so click on the OPEN FOLDER TO VIEW FILES option to continue.



Fig 1.4  Drag your folder(s) and/or file(s) into the blank disc folder (window)

When the blank disc's folder (window) opens (above) you can then start dragging folders/files into it. You can either DRAG folders/files into the disc folder (Fig 1.4 above) or PASTE folders/files into the disc folder (Fig 1.5 below). Select, Copy, Cut and Paste (DRAG / MOVE techniques) are explained in the Select, Copy and Paste section.

COPY & PASTE Memory Refresh! Assuming the folder(s) and/or file(s) you want to copy onto the disc are all inside the main Documents folder for example. You would first select those folders and files, click on the EDIT menu of the main Documents folder (window) and then click on the COPY menu-item. This will make a COPY of your selected folders and files in the computer's memory. From there you would click on the EDIT menu of the disc folder (window) and then click on the PASTE menu-item to paste the memory copy of your selected folders and files onto the disc (Fig 1.5 below). Alternatively. You could just click on one folder or file at a time, keep the left mouse button clicked (held down) on that folder or file as you move (drag) the mouse pointer (the folder or file) from the main Documents folder to the Disc folder (Fig 1.4 below).



Fig 1.5  PASTE your copied folder(s) and/or file(s) into the blank disc folder (window)

As you are dragging or pasting your folders/files into the disc folder you might be informed by Windows 7 that you do not have enough space on the disc to carry out that drag or paste operation (below). If this is the case simply click on the CANCEL button, reselect a smaller amount of folders/files and then drag or paste that smaller amount of folders/files into the disc folder as normal. And if you do have enough space on the disc your folders/files will be copied (burnt) onto the blank disc as normal (Fig 1.7).



Fig 1.6  Click on the CANCEL button when you do not have enough free space on your disc to perform a DRAG or PASTE operation




Fig 1.7  Your folder(s) and/or file(s) are being copied (burnt) onto the blank disc

When you first insert a blank disc into the disc drive and begin to drag or paste (copy) folders/files into its folder (window), Windows 7 opens a Recording Session for that blank disc. As you drag or paste (copy) folders/files into the disc's folder (window) Windows 7 burns (records) those folders/files onto the blank disc for you. While the recording section is open, and whilst there is enough recording space on the blank disc, you can drag or paste (copy) as many folders/files as you like into the disc's folder. When you close a recording session, either by manually ejecting the disc or by clicking on its CLOSE SESSION button or EJECT button, you can no longer record in that recording session.



Fig 1.8  Click on the CLOSE SESSION button to close this record session




Fig 1.9  The recording session is closing




Fig 1.10  The recording session has been closed

Closing a recording session does not mean that you cannot record on that disc again. You can. If you chose CLOSE SESSION and the disc is still in the disc drive, when you copy (drag or paste) another folder/file onto the disc a new recording session will be opened. And if you EJECTed the disc, or ejected it after a CLOSE SESSION, simply reinsert it into the disc drive and copy another folder/file onto the disc to open a new recording session. When you have finished close the recording session with CLOSE SESSION, EJECT or manually eject the disc as described above.

These re-recordings are known as Multi-Sessions (Multiple Recording Sessions). So to clarify. You could burn (copy) 10 files now, another 4 files later today and then another 7 files tomorrow and so on - These copying sessions are therefore known collectively as multiple recording sessions.

If you use the LIKE A CD/DVD PLAYER option it only allows you to copy folders/files in one recording session, and not in multiple recording sessions. This is because with this option the disc is Finalized. Or put another way. The disc has a marker put onto it that states to other burning softwares and technologies that the disc can no longer accept folder/file recordings. So if you burn (copy) 10 files onto the disc now you cannot burn any folders/files onto it later. Hence MASTER COPY (MASTERED or Finalized).