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    CD/DVD burning software

    I am looking for good drag-and-drop software for burning CD/DVD's in a one step process. Something not super expensive would be great. I have looked at Nero, Roxio, and Adaptec, but they all seem like overkill. Perhaps, I may have no choice.

    I also like the concept of InCD from Nero, but would like to not have to pre-format the CD if possible.

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    Re: CD/DVD burning software

    Bruce,
    Have a look at these: CDBurnerXP Pro & Deepburner. They are both <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. I have not looked at features in depth nor tried either. So, you're on your own to check them out. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: CD/DVD burning software

    <hr>I also like the concept of InCD from Nero, but would like to not have to pre-format the CD if possible.<hr>
    Okay, time for a little tutorial on CD burning. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Speaking of only InCD, it is used strictly in conjunction with CD-RW discs which you either desire to format or erase.

    Now the media.
    CD-R discs:

    CD-R discs do not need to be formatted. They are write only. Nero Express, e.g., which has a very easy to use GUI, allows you to burn "multi-session" projects, i.e., you can add files to a disc that has already been burned. Seriously, Nero Express is a "no-brainer" to use. However, once data is burned to a CD-R, you cannot delete it or modify it.

    CD-RW discs:

    You can burn files to them using Nero, EZCD Creator, etc. exactly like a CD-R using one of the burning applications. However, unlike a CD-R, you can ERASE the disc using either an erase utility, e.g., in Nero Express, or InCD's erase feature. Individual files cannot be erased but rather the entire disc must be erased. Once done, the disc can be reused.

    FORMATTING CD-RW Discs:

    There are basically two formats in use today: 1) Standard UDF which takes approximately 45 minutes. 2) MRW (Mount Rainier) which is a fairly new process and which most newer drives support. This formatting process takes approximately 60 seconds. After a CD-RW is formatted, with either method, the disc acts just like a floppy, zip or HD. In other words, you can add, delete, modify, and overwrite them by simply using the drag&drop method, copy/paste, etc. You can also erase the disc but this not only erases the data on it disc it also removes the formatting. Thus, you have to format it again after erasing.

    Personally, contrary to popular opinion, partly based upon a trendy myth, I use CD-RW discs for most all my needs. The reason is that the data I generally store on CD is always being updated or in some cases outdated and in need or replacement. I have only had a couple of issues over the past 5 years and they were mainly due to operator error. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> I use Sony 650HS (4x-10x) discs, e.g. to store all my downloaded programs and for creating my True Image 7.0 backup images. Yes, I do use CD-R media but only for storing permanent data.

    I hope this information helps you better understand the difference between CD-R and CD-RW discs and perhaps considering using a great program like Nero Burning ROM, which hundreds of thousands of us out here in cyberland use and consider one of, if not the, best burning software available.

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    Re: CD/DVD burning software

    It has been reported recently that most inexpensive CD-R media may turn to coasterware in only a few years, due to deterioration of the dyes used to record data. See Ever decreasing circles at Independent.co.uk. (Uh-oh, that story is no longer free...if you read Dutch, you can try the original story in PC-active magazine) If I recall correctly, the more robust CD-RW media will last much longer.

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    Re: CD/DVD burning software

    There's also <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Burn4Free. It's OK for data burning but I had some issues with audio burning. Always talking about CDs.
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