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Chapter 4. Burning Discs with HP RecordNow > Putting Computer Files on a Disc

Putting Computer Files on a Disc

If your hard drive is running out of room or you want to archive files from your computer for safekeeping, look no further than RecordNow: The program can create data discs using CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD+RW media. (If you've bought an HP DVD-Writer DVD200-series drive, you can also use DVD+R media.)

✓ Follow these steps to create a data disc:

Click Make a Data Disc; RecordNow displays a wizard window prompting you to insert a blank disc (as shown in Figure 4.4). If you ran the program by loading a blank disc in the first place, continue by clicking Next; if you ran RecordNow from the Start menu, load a blank disc in your drive and click Next.

Figure 4.4. Time to load a blank CD or DVD, if necessary.

Time to select the files you want to add to your data disc: RecordNow supports “drag-and-drop” file selection from the Windows Explorer, so you can select files and folders and drag them to the wizard window shown in Figure 4.5. Alternately, you can click Add Files and Folders—RecordNow displays the familiar Windows file selection dialog, where you can navigate to the files and folders you want to add, select them, and click Add. Whichever method you use, RecordNow displays the files you've added in the window and updates the amount of space remaining on the disc. To rename a file or folder, click the name once, press F2, and type the new name. When you've added all of the files you want to add to your data disc, click Next to continue.

Figure 4.5. Drag and drop files on this window, or use the Windows file selection dialog.


To change the volume label displayed for the disc under Windows—commonly called the “name” of a data CD—click on the words Volume Label next to the disc icon, press F2, and type a new label, then press Enter to save it.

RecordNow displays a warning dialog, explaining that recording errors can occur if you start new applications while the disc is burned. Generally, this is a good idea if your recorder doesn't offer burn-proof recording—however, because all DVD-Writers support burn-proof recording, you can effectively ignore this warning if you need to take care of other tasks. (To disable this warning, click the Don't show me this dialog again checkbox.) Click OK to continue, and sit back and relax while the recording process begins.


By default, RecordNow verifies the data it's written to the disc by comparing the files on the disc with the files on your hard drive—a good way to guard against media defects. Because this can take half as long as the actual recording, you may want to disable verification: Click Options on the RecordNow main window and click the Verify the data written to the disc after write checkbox to disable it, then click OK to save your change.

Once the data has been successfully written and verified, RecordNow ejects the disc and displays the dialog you see in Figure 4.6; you can click Make Another to create another copy of the same disc or click Done to return to the RecordNow main window.

Figure 4.6. Another successful burn—I love that Big Green Check!



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