Creating a Data CD or DVD in Windows 98, Me, and XP
This document applies to HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario notebooks that came with Microsoft Windows 98, Me, and XP.
Creating a CD is often called "burning" a CD. To burn CDs, software is needed to work with your CD-RW or DVD+RW drive. This document explains how to use Adaptec's Easy CD Creator or HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow! software to create data compact discs (CDs).
- PCs that came with Windows XP may use either HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow! or Easy CD creator 5.
- PCs that came with DVD+RW drives use HP RecordNow, Sonic RecordNow or Sonic myDVD to burn to DVDs as Windows XP does not support burning to DVDs directly like it does to CDs.
- PCs that came with Windows 98 or Me use Easy CD Creator.
NOTE:Do not make unauthorized copies of copyrighted materials.
Copying files to a CD with HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow!
The following instructions explain how to use HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow! to copy data as files to a CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, or DVD+RW disc. For more information and online tutorials for software made by Sonic such as RecordNow! and MyDVD see the Sonic support Web site (in English).
- Click Start, All Programs, RecordNow, and then RecordNow.Or click All Programs then Sonic then RecordNow!Or click All Programs, then Sonic and then myDVD premium.
- From the main menu for RecordNow, click Make a Data Disc.
- RecordNow automatically opens the CD tray on the recorder and prompts to insert a blank or appendable disc. Insert a CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, or DVD+RW disc and click Next.NOTE:If the disc used was previously recorded on, RecordNow will display this message: The disc you have inserted already contains data. Click Yes to continue using the disc and possibly overwrite files of the same filename. Click No to use a different disc.
- Select the files to copy to the disc by clicking Add Files and Folders.
- Click the file or folder that will be written to the disc. The selected file will become highlighted. Click Add to add the file or folder to the list. Hold down the CTRL or SHIFT keys to select multiple files or folders.
- Continue adding files until all files and folders have been added. Click Next to begin the write operation.
- RecordNow will perform a write speed test and copy the files to the disc. If possible, do not use the computer for anything else until RecordNow has finished creating the CD.
Copying files to a CD with Easy CD Creator 5
The following instructions explain how to use Easy CD Creator version 5 to copy data as files to a CD-R or CD-RW disc.
- Place a CD-R or CD-RW disc into the drive. Use CD-R discs unless there is a need to erase files later. Close any windows that appear after the disc is placed in the drive.
- Click Start, Programs, Adaptec Easy CD Creator, and then Create CD.
- Click Data CD.
- Browse the folders in the left Explorer window to find files. Double-click the small folders to open them. Files inside the folders appear in the right window.
- Click the files that are wanted from the right window. Hold down the left-mouse button and drag the files into the bottom CD layout window. Release the left-mouse button to drop the file into the layout. Continue doing this until all files are in the CD layout window. To see if all the selected files will fit on the CD, refer to Estimated CD Free Space on the bottom of the main window.
- Click the Advanced button and select Create CD. This reduces the time it takes to write the CD.
- Select one of the following Write Methods:
- Track-at-Once, Leave Session Open. Creates a CD that is left open when finished so that more music or data can be added at a later time. The CD will be incompatible with other CD drives and players until closed. A two to three second gap will occur between songs when played back.
- Track-at-Once, Close Session and Leave CD Open. The default setting. Creates a CD that is left open when finished so that more music or data can be added at a later time. The CD can be played in other CD players until more files are added in a later session, at that point the CD needs to be closed. A two to three second gap will occur between songs when played back.
- Track-at-Once, Close Disc. Creates a write-protected CD. Files cannot be added after the CD is closed.
- Session-at-Once. Use this when making a music/data CD. Record the music tracks using the Session-at-Once setting. After the music has been recorded, use the Track-at-Once-Close Disc setting to add data files.
- Disc-at-Once. Creates a CD in one pass that is usable with most CD drives. Files cannot be added once the CD is created. Eliminates the two-second gaps between songs and data.
- To close a CD after the files are added, select Close CD. This makes the CD-R disc usable in almost all CD drives.
- Click OK. The writing process starts automatically and will take time to finish. For best results, do not use the computer while the disc is being created. When finished, the disc will eject along with a message stating that the CD has been created successfully.