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Beginners Guides: Burning CDs and DVDs

Beginners Guides: Burning CDs and DVDs - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this segment we will help you lean how to burn your own CDROMs, audio CDs, and create ISOs for backup of your files.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Dec 09 2003   Mike Dowler  
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Mount Rainier CD-RWs and DVDs

The idea behind the Mt. Rainier technology is to add native support for rewritable CDs and DVDs to the operating system itself. This would ideally eliminate the need for cross compatibility between the various existing methods of writing to a UDF file system disk. It also proposes several key advances, such as the ability to automatically begin the formatting of a blank rewritable disk as soon as it is inserted, and allowing already formatted sections of the disk to be used while it continues formatting the rest of the disk in the background. Files could then be added to the disk through the normal Windows interface, without the need for a third party program.

Mt. Rainier (www.mt-rainier.org ) needs to be supported both by the operating system and the CD/DVD writer that is used. No version of Windows currently supports it natively, but the next Windows edition should include support.

Standard CD-RW and DVD rewritable media can be used, however, once the media is formatted to MRW standards it cannot be written to except with a compatible writer, and cannot be read without third party software or a Mt. Rainier compatible drive.

Currently there are an increasing number of Mt. Rainier compatible writers entering the market, and third party software is available to write and read the disks.

Mt. Rainier compatible drives are marketed with the EasyWrite logo at left.

Creating MP3 CDs

MP3 CDs are essentially data CDs. All readers, including MP3 CD-players, assume the ISO 9660 file system is used to store the MP3 files, so there is no difference between creating a regular data CD and an MP3 CD. Just start the disk and drag-and-drop the files you want onto it.

There are some additional things to be aware of however:

Many CD/MP3 players either do not read, or do not cope well with disks that have multiple sessions written to them. This can cause either failure to read the disks or reduced battery life due to the extra effort it causes the player to scan the disk for files.

It's generally a good idea to use only a single session for your disks, and to use only MP3 files and not other data. Many older MP3 players do not support certain levels of encoding (the bit-rate that the MP3 was recorded at, 128-bit, 256-bit, etc). Keep this in mind.

When adding your files, keep in mind the limitations of the display screen of your player and the way it orders files. If it can handle using folders, this is an excellent way to organize your collection, rather than dumping all the MP3s onto the main directory of the disk.

Also, you may wish to rename music files with extremely long names, as these will be cut off when the CD is burned anyway. Better to rename the file (by right clicking on it and selecting 'rename') to something easy to understand before adding it to the CD. Generally speaking, MP3 files with odd characters in their names (or just a LOT of characters) are better of being renamed before burning to avoid potential problems.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Burning CDs and DVDs
 Pg 2.  Multisession and ISOs
 Pg 3.  Buffer-Underrun protection
 Pg 4.  Creating ISOs and DVD Data Storage
 Pg 5.  Forms of copy protection
 Pg 6.  — Mount Rainier CD-RWs and DVDs
 Pg 7.  Creating Audio CDs from MP3 files

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