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    Burning CDs

    My new computer with Windows 2000 came with a Nero CD burner. I love it, and the Nero program wizard is easy to use. But, the rate of "bad" unburnable CDs is quite high. It seems that I can't tell if the CD is bad until after I've selected the files I want to place ont he CD and tried to run the program. Either I'm doing something wrong, or I need another program or utility that will tell me if the CD is a good one or not. Any advice or suggestions welcome.

    I'm using the burner for data CDs, not music or video at this point.

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    Re: Burning CDs

    I'm no expert here, having just entered the brave new world of CD burning myself. I have noticed with my version of Nero (fairly recent) that sometimes an unsuccessful burn can be made to succeed by reducing the burning speed. This seems especially relevant to cheap media - for instance, TDK Gold might burn at 16x, but exactly the same burn will work only at 4x on my noname generic CDs. Perhaps try a lower speed than the one Nero selects.

    I find the newer Nero a bit odd in that it's not possible to do a "test" burn anymore because (according to Nero) it's irrelevant with inbuilt buffer underrun protection. This doesn't prevent the failed burns I mention above though; but somehow, despite the failure, I don't end up with a coaster - I'm able to repeat the burn at a lower speed and it works! I think I still have much to learn in this new mystical land of wizards and witchcraft. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Burning CDs

    Betsy--

    Yes--dropping the burning speed a notch or two may work magic in reducing coasters with Nero, also check Nero's site to make sure you have the latest add-ins, because they do them as often as monthly.

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    Re: Burning CDs

    My version of Nero is 5.5.9.13, and I'll certainly try burning a CD or 3 at a much slower speed. I wonder if version 6, which the Nero web site is touting, provides user-friendly suggestions such as yours when a CD fails to burn???

    While we are on the subject of Nero, I haven't found in the online Help manual whether I can burn a folder and get its contents, or whether I have to choose all of the individual files that I want to place on the CD. I'd like to use this new medium for backups -- burning from the folder level would surely save time. If I can't, I'll go back to my trusty zip drive.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Burning CDs

    I didn't find anything on the Nero web site about my version of Nero -- 5.5.9.13. They seem to be touting the new version (6) instead. So, I have no idea if I have the latest updates. I'm going to try the slower speed for burning first to see if that solves the problem of too many "failed" disks.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Burning CDs

    My Nero is version 5.5.10.42 ...go to their site and update to that one...I didn't care for the newest version 6, so am sticking with what I have. I burn at 6x and have a Sony ( got rid of the software that came with it)...prefer the Nero.
    I make sure that Explorer is the only thing running (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) in the background when I start to use the Nero software - never had a coaster! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
    I haven't started to burn cds for 'backup' yet, but I have understood from others that one can either just drag&drop the entire folder (ie. - Favorites) and/or do each individual sub-folder...trial and error, I guess.

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    Re: Burning CDs

    Betsy--

    Some of these might be decent references.

    Nero Site Map See User Guides
    Andy McFadden's CD Burn FAQ
    CD Write How To

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    Re: Burning CDs

    Betsy,

    I also use Nero Burning ROM and would suggest you upgrade to 5.5.10.42. And here are a few other salient tips which you might consider:<UL><LI>When burning CDs with Nero, there is an option to verify the burn after it's done. Try checking that option.<LI>Make sure that the native XP burning is disabled (assuming you are running XP). To access this, open My Computer and right click on the CD-RW drive and select Properties. Click on the "Recording" tab and make sure that the box for "Enable CD Recording on this computer" is UNchecked.<LI>Lastly, go to your "Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services" and Stop the "IMAPI CD-burning COM service" if it is running and set it to "Manual".[/list]These last two items are well known to cause conflicts with 3rd party CD burning software.

    Have Fun,

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