User Help : Burning CDs & DVDs

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(Updated 2013.05.01)


Burning a Disc

CDs (Compact Disc) and DVDs (Digital Versatile Disc) have become very common tools for storage of large amounts of data such as video, images, and music, as well as data back-up. Writing files to a CD or DVD disc is known as "burning a disc", while the device used to write the data is known as a "burner" or "optical drive" ("optical" referring to the laser used inside).

If the computer being used has a CD or DVD burner, then Userful Desktop™ makes it easy to record data, pictures and sound on optical discs.

Considerations

To burn a disc, there are a few things you need to check first:

  • What kind of optical drive are you using? Is it a CD burner or a DVD burner?
    • A CD burner will only burn CD-R (Recordable) or CD-RW (Re-Writable) discs. Look for a "Compact Disc", "CD-R", or "CD-RW" label on the door, tray, or facing of the optical drive.
    • A DVD burner can burn both CDs and DVDs. Look for a "DVD", "DVD-R", "DVD-RW", or similar label on the drive's tray/facing.
    • Some older optical drives will not refer to "-R" or "-RW" on its tray/facing. This might mean that it cannot burn discs. In this case, you will need to use a different drive to do your burning.
  • What kind of a disc are you using?
    • A CD-R or DVD-R (Recordable) can be recorded on once only. (It is possible to burn it as a "multisession" disc, but in that case you are only adding to previous data, not writing over it.)
    • A CD-RW or DVD-RW (Re-Writable) can be recorded on multiple times; kind of like a very, very slow hard drive or a very, very large floppy disk.
    • A CD-ROM or DVD-ROM (Read Only Memory) cannot be written to.
  • Is the disc clean?
    • Never touch the shiny recording surface of a blank disc. If you do, your fingerprints will leave marks on the disc that can cause data loss.
    • Make sure the disc's recording surface is free of dust and any marks or stains. Such things will cause the data to be written with errors.

Choosing a Burn Project

Keep these points in mind when choosing the kind of project:

  • Data DVD -- good for very large amounts of data (1 GB or larger, usually up to a maximum of 4.7 GB -- this is equivalent to roughly 3500 floppy disks). Because it is a data DVD, even if the files you write to it are video or music media files, they will not necessarily play on a standard DVD player. The media files will, however, play on another computer (assuming you have the right software installed).
  • Data CD -- like the Data DVD, this is a good choice for large amounts of data, up to a maximum of about 800 MB, depending on the disc. Documents, media files, software downloads, etc. can all be written together. Video and music media files will be treated the same as with a Data DVD.
  • Audio CD -- as its name suggests, this kind of project is only good for creating music CDs. Other kinds of files, such as photos and documents, should not be mixed in with the music files. This kind of disc should play in a standard CD/DVD player.

Userful Desktop 8.x(Series)

Burning the Disc - Using Bresero

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Here are the detailed steps for burning the disc:

  1. Click on Start Here > Multimedia > Brasero Disc Burner.
    • Click on the Maximize Window button at the top right to make the window full-screen.


    Starting a CD burn project
  2. UnderCreate a new project; Select Audio Project, or Data Project, or Video project,or Disc copyor Burn Image, based upon the requirement(e.g Data Project in the figure).

  3. Insert a recordable or rewritable disc. Wait for a moment while the computer checks the disc.
  4. Adding Files
  5. Click the + symbol to add the files.

  6. After adding all the required files, click Burn button. If everything is set up properly, this should start the burning process, which typically takes anywhere from a few minutes to a quarter-of-an-hour depending on the amount of data to write and the speed of the optical drive. You can do other things on the Userful Desktop while you wait for it to finish (but do not log out of your session or eject the disc from the drive!).
  7. Burn progress window

  8. Once the burn is done, it is safe to remove the disc and label it with a felt-tip pen.
  9. If you are finished with your project, just close Brasero. If it asks you to save the project, don't bother.


Copying a Disc

Bresero can be used to copy a disc as well. However, you should be aware that if you copy an audio CD or an audio/video DVD it could take a very long time due to the rigorous error-correction methods used to try and give you a 100% correct copy. Make sure you have lots of time left in your session. Of course, all copyright issues are left to your own discretion.

Please note that data CDs and DVDs will copy faster than music or video discs. This is due to error correction software that tries to reduce the number of errors in multimedia data.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Click on Start Here > Multimedia > Bresero .
    • Click on the Maximize Window button at the top right to make the window full-screen.
    Disc copy.png
  2. Click on the Disc Copytab, then select the disc to be copied.If there are more than one disc drive all discs which are currently in, would be listed.

  3. Select a disc to write or select Image File to create an image.
  4. Click on the Copy button to start copying the disc.
    • If you feel that the copy process is taking too long (for example, more than 20 minutes for a CD), you can end it by clicking on the Close button. Then remove the disc by pressing the Open/Eject button on the optical drive.
  5. Once the copy process is finished, the disc will eject .

Note:If you are copying the disc and have only one disc drive, you will be asked to replace the disc you are copying with a writable one after the contents are copied temporarily to your hard disk.

Previous Versions

Burning the Disc - Using GnomeBaker

Starting a CD burn project.

Here are the detailed steps for burning the disc:

  1. Click on Start Here > Sound & Video > GnomeBaker.
  2. Click on the Maximize Window button at the top right to make the window full-screen.
  3. In the lower half of the GnomeBaker application, select Create New Project.
  4. Select Data DVD, Data CD, or Audio CD.
  5. Insert a recordable or rewritable disc. Wait for a moment while the computer checks the disc.
  6. In the top half of the application, double-click on Desktop in the Places list (or wherever your files happen to be), and then drag-and-drop files from the Name list to the new project area in the bottom half of GnomeBaker.
  7. Click Burn. If everything is set up properly, this should start the burning process, which typically takes anywhere from a few minutes to a quarter-of-an-hour depending on the amount of data to write and the speed of the optical drive. You can do other things on the Userful Desktop while you wait for it to finish (but do not log out of your session or eject the disc from the drive!).
  8. Once the burn is done, GnomeBaker will automatically pop out the disc. At that point it is safe to remove it and label it with a felt-tip pen.
  9. If you are finished with your project, just close GnomeBaker. If it asks you to save the project, don't bother.


Copying a Disc

GnomeBaker can be used to copy a disc as well. However, you should be aware that if you copy an audio CD or an audio/video DVD it could take a very long time due to the rigorous error-correction methods used to try and give you a 100% correct copy. Make sure you have lots of time left in your session. Of course, all copyright issues are left to your own discretion.

Please note that data CDs and DVDs will copy faster than music or video discs. This is due to error correction software that tries to reduce the number of errors in multimedia data.

Here are the basic steps:

Choosing a copy option.
  1. Click on Start Here > Sound & Video > GnomeBaker.
  2. Click on the Maximize Window button at the top right to make the window full-screen.
  3. Click on the Tools menu, then choose the appropriate copy option (data CD, audio CD, or DVD).
  4. Copy settings dialog.
    The corresponding copy dialog will appear, allowing you to set some options. Unless you know what you're doing, it is generally best to leave these settings alone. One exception is the Speed setting, which should be set to Auto.
  5. Click on the Start button.
  6. The copy progress window.
    The "Baking" dialog should appear, showing you the progress of the copy procedure.
    • If there are difficult to read parts on the disc, you will see the time estimate jump around to ridiculous numbers, then slowly decrease to reasonable values (unless the disc is really scratched or dirty).
    • There is a flaw in the current version of GnomeBaker in that it doesn't accurately report the progress of the copying. It's not as bad as it seems. Typically it should take 10 or so minutes to copy the files off of an entire music CD (on a decent optical drive); a DVD should take longer.
    • If you feel that the copy process is taking too long (for example, more than 20 minutes for a CD), you can end it by clicking on the Close button. Then remove the disc by pressing the Open/Eject button on the optical drive.
  7. Once the copy process is finished, the disc will eject and a message will appear asking you to "Please insert a disk into..." Take the original disc out and put a blank disc in the drive.
    • Make sure you put in the right kind of disc; CDs copy to CD-R or CD-RW discs, and DVDs copy to DVD-R or DVD-RW discs.
  8. Close the drive tray.
  9. The burn progress window.
    Click on the OK button to continue. The "Baking" window should display the progress of the burn procedure. This should typically take 5-15 minutes, depending on the type of disc (a full DVD takes more time for example).
  10. When the burn job is finished, the new disc will eject. Take it out and close the drive tray.