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Chapter 4. Burning Discs with HP RecordNow

Chapter 4. Burning Discs with HP RecordNow

In This Chapter

  • Creating data and audio discs

  • Copying an existing disc

  • Project: Creating a “Road Trip” CD from existing discs and MP3 files

  • Project: Creating a “Briefcase Backup” DVD

  • Project: Duplicating a Backup Disc

My second car was a 1979 Ford Pinto hatchback—it was the definition of a basic automobile, with no luxury items besides a cup holder and an AM radio, but I loved that vehicle. (And no, it never showed signs of exploding.) Why do I have such fond memories of my Pinto? To wit, it never broke down, it delivered great gas mileage, and it was easy to drive. Also, I got it for practically nothing.

Those same qualities will endear you to Hewlett-Packard's RecordNow program—well, all except the great gas mileage, anyway. RecordNow is included with the DVD-Writer drive, so you can use your new recorder the minute you install it. RecordNow is very easy to operate, as well. Although RecordNow doesn't deliver the exotic formats of programs such as Easy CD Creator, it does produce most of the basic discs you're likely to need: data DVDs and CDs, audio CDs, and copies of existing discs. I've found RecordNow to be as reliable as my Pinto, and I use this great program every day.

In this chapter, I'll use RecordNow to demonstrate how you can burn each of these standard disc types, and I'll also provide two step-by-step projects: one to record an audio CD from MP3 files and one to burn a disc to carry data while I'm traveling on the road.



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