CD-R/RW Creation/Maintenance

To: CHR User Community
From: Chris De Espinosa, CMRC-IT Desktop Analyst
Date: January 11, 2006
Regarding: CD Creation Procedures

Information

  • This procedure is to be followed for all cd writing projects.
  • This procedure will cover the creation and maintenance of cd-r (write once read many times) and cd-rw (read and write many times).
  • This procedure assumes that the equipment being used reads and writes to to cd’s faster than a 4x speed and will focus the procedure that user base.
  • If you believe your computer cannot write faster than 4x please contact CMRC-IT personnel at CHR to assist in making that determination as your system requires an older variety cd-r and cd-rw disk.
  • Newer higher speed write disks are not compatible in the older 4x writing drives, but the older lower speed write disks are compatible in the newer drives.
  • This procedure assumes that you also have Roxio Easy CD Creator 6.0 installed.
  • You need to determine which media you are going to use.
  • CD-R’s are great for archiving old data because they are only written to once with updates applied to them until the disk is full.
  • CD-RW’s are great for doing backup’s because they can be written to, erased, and read from very similar to that of a hard drive.
  • Before you can use either type of disk it needs to be formatted to accept data.
  • FORMATTING A CD-R
  • To format a cd-r insert the blank disk in the cd tray and close it.
  • From the start menu launch the Drag to Disk program located in the Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 Group under the All Programs section.
  • A small cd image in a tray will appear on the desktop as this program does not run in full screen mode.
  • Once the disk drive is closed and the program is running you will want to click on the menu icon in the upper left hand corner of the cd tray. \
  • If you place your mouse over what appears to be a document it will label it as a menu – click once on it.
  • Select the format function and allow it to format
  • Once complete a blank window may appear indicating that the disk is ready to be written to.
  • To eject the disk go back to the menu feature of the Drag to Disk program and select the eject function.
  • You will be presented with some options as to how to complete the writing process of the disk.
  • It is not necessary for lock the disk from future writes in most instances, however you will want to select the Advanced features write options so select Advanced and read the options.
  • You are presented with two write type options, UDF and ISO.
  • It is recommended that you select the ISO option for finishing out the write process to disk so that not only you, but older machines, and mac’s can read this disk if was ever placed in one of those machines.
  • Once the disk is allowed to complete the ISO write process the disk will be ejected.
  • WRITING FILES TO A CD-R
  • Once you place a cd-r into your drive, it may open a window listing it’s contents or a blank window if the disk has no data on it – assuming it has been formatted already.
  • That drive contents window can be closed if you know for certain that your file(s) will fit on the disk, but if you are unsure click on the My Computer option in the left column to determine the free space of the disk in cd drive.
  • Launch the Drag to Disk program located in the Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 Group under the All Programs section.
  • Open the Windows Explorer from the Start menu under the Accessories section in the All Programs section.
  • Open Windows Explorer so that you see both Windows Explorer and the Drag to Disk programs on the desktop.
  • Locate the files you want to copy to disk and highlight them
  • Once the files are selected take your mouse and click and drag them to the Drag to Disk program on the desktop – hence the name.
  • The cd picture in the program will flash as if is was rotating and you may hear the actual disk spin up in the drive.
  • Once the writing of files is completed the picture will stop spinning and you may hear the actual disk spin down to stop.
  • To eject the disk go back to the menu feature of the Drag to Disk program and select the eject function.
  • You will be presented with some options as to how to complete the writing process of the disk.
  • It is not necessary for lock the disk from future writes in most instances, however you will want to select the Advanced features write options so select Advanced and read the options.
  • You are presented with two write type options, UDF and ISO.
  • It is recommended that you select the ISO option for finishing out the write process to disk so that not only you, but older machines, and mac’s can read this disk if was ever placed in one of those machines.
  • Once the disk is allowed to complete the ISO write process the disk will be ejected.
  • ERASINGFILES ON A CD-R
  • Once you place a cd-r into your drive, it may open a window listing it’s contents or a blank window if the disk has no data on it.
  • If you plan on erasing some files on a cd-r you can do so in this disk contents window or through the Windows Explorer or through the My Computer option from the desktop – the choice is yours.
  • Keep this concept in mind when you erase files on a cd-r – you do not regain that space for future files – in addition you also loose more space because the disk contents map increases with each write and erase performed to the disk.
  • Once you have deleted the files you want on the cd-r launch the Drag to Disk program located in the Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 Group under the All Programs section.
  • Select the Eject function from the Menu in the upper left hand corner of the program once the deletions are complete.
  • You will be presented with some options as to how to complete the writing process of the disk.
  • It is not necessary for lock the disk from future writes in most instances, however you will want to select the Advanced features write options so select Advanced and read the options.
  • You are presented with two write type options, UDF and ISO.
  • It is recommended that you select the ISO option for finishing out the write process to disk so that not only you, but older machines, and mac’s can read this disk if was ever placed in one of those machines.
  • Once the disk is allowed to complete the ISO write process the disk will be ejected.
  • FORMATTING A CD-RW
  • To format a cd-rw insert the blank disk in the cd tray and close it.
  • From the start menu launch the Drag to Disk program located in the Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 Group under the All Programs section.
  • A small cd image in a tray will appear on the desktop as this program does not run in full screen mode.
  • Once the disk drive is closed and the program is running you will want to click on the menu icon in the upper left hand corner of the cd tray.
  • If you place your mouse over what appears to be a document it will label it as a menu – click once on it.
  • Select the format function and allow it to format
  • Once complete a blank window may appear indicating that the disk is ready to be written to.
  • To eject the disk go back to the menu feature of the Drag to Disk program and select the eject function.
  • Unlike the formatting of a cd-r there are no options for the way the disk is finished out – the disk will simply eject.
  • WRITING FILES TO A CD-RW
  • Once you place a cd-rw into your drive, it may open a window listing it’s contents or a blank window if the disk has no data on it – assuming it is formatted already.
  • That drive contents window can be closed if you know for certain that your file(s) will fit on the disk, but if you are unsure click on the My Computer option in the left column to determine the free space of the disk in cd drive.
  • Launch the Drag to Disk program located in the Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 Group under the All Programs section.
  • Open the Windows Explorer from the Start menu under the Accessories section in the All Programs section.
  • Open Windows Explorer so that you see both Windows Explorer and the Drag to Disk programs on the desktop.
  • Locate the files you want to copy to disk and highlight them
  • Once the files are selected take your mouse and click and drag them to the Drag to Disk program on the desktop – hence the name.
  • The cd picture in the program will flash as if is was rotating and you may hear the actual disk spin up in the drive.
  • Once the writing of files is completed the picture will stop spinning and you may hear the actual disk spin down to stop.
  • To eject the disk go back to the menu feature of the Drag to Disk program and select the eject function.
  • Once the cd is finished writing the files to disk the disk will eject from the player.
  • MODIFYING/ERASINGFILES ON A CD-RW
  • Once you place a cd-rw into your drive, it may open a window listing it’s contents or a blank window if the disk has no data on it – assuming it is formatted already.
  • If you plan on erasing some files on a cd-rw you can do so in this disk contents window or through the Windows Explorer or through the My Computer option from the desktop – the choice is yours using standard file deletion methods
  • Keep this concept in mind when you erase files on a cd-rw – you regain that space for future files. – think of the disk as a removable hard drive or very large capacity floppy disk.
  • Once you have deleted the files you want on the cd-rw and plan on doing no further file maintenance launch the Drag to Disk program located in the Roxio Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 Group under the
  • All Programs section.
  • Select the Eject function from the Menu in the upper left hand corner of the program once the deletions are complete.
  • The disk will finish writing out the cd and eject the disk when complete.
  • If you plan on modifying some files on the cd-rw do so as you would normally for any other data file using File Open and the standard Save options.
  • At the conclusion of your data manipulation session on that cd-rw use the Eject function in the Drag to Disk program to release the disk \
  • The drive will open at the conclusion of the finishing process.

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