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burning CDs and DVDs

by Anamacha / September 14, 2005 1:03 AM PDT

I know it's possible to easily burn CDs with Windows XP -- I've seen the option on other machines. You select a folder or file, select "Copy to CD" in File and Folder Tasks on the left, and away you go.

I don't seem to have that option, though. I'm using XP Pro SP2. Do I have to have a blank CD inserted in order for this option to show up?

Also ... how can I burn a DVD?

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some answers
by linkit / September 14, 2005 1:22 AM PDT
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I'm running Windows XP Pro (SP2). Right click on a file and select "Send to" and select your CD or DVD drive. You do not have to have a blank disc in the drive. You can insert a disc later, and then right-click on your CD/DVD drive and select "Write these files to CD" to burn them.

You can burn to whatever type of media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, etc.) your drive supports.

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reading more carefully
by linkit / September 14, 2005 1:41 AM PDT
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I just read your post more carefully. If you first select the items you to send to a CD, a "Copy the selected items" option appears on the left. When you click on that option, a window should pop up, giving you options for selecing a disk to which you wish to have them copied. At that point, just select your CD/DVD drive.

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ok ... more info.
by Anamacha / September 18, 2005 6:08 AM PDT
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Alright ... we may be getting somewhere.

When I select an individual file, I can choose "send to | DVD/CD-RW". When I choose that menu option, though, nothing happens.

When I select a FOLDER, though, I can choose "send to | DVD/CD-RW", at which point the contents of the folder are copied (to a write buffer, I suppose), and then nothing happens. A message flashed in my systray, but it disappeared too fast for me to read it. And there doesn't seem to be any new icons in the systray.

Then I tried putting in a blank CD ... and iTunes picked it up, telling me how to burn a playlist, but nothing else happened.

Wait. I think I just answered my own question. When I go to My Computer, then right click on the CD-RW drive, I have two new choices: "Write these files to CD" and "Delete temporary files".

Now ... another question: Is is possible to make the CDs and DVDs I burn Mac-compatible by default? When I was burning things on my mac with Toast, it gave me the option of making discs Mac/PC hybrid.



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The IMAPI service needs to be running.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2005 2:27 AM PDT
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That's part of the requred gear to use XP's native recording. Let me offer that this link covers just about all that is known about the native tools.

But I find such of such poor quality compared to the freely available CDBURNERXP from


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good stuff
by linkit / September 14, 2005 5:38 AM PDT

Thanks, Bob. Awesome info!

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by rfchmbrs / September 14, 2005 11:52 AM PDT

Does this apply to a USB connected CD/DVD writer? The drive used to work.

I seem to have same problem and CDBurnerXP runs fine burn doesn't actually write to the media. I had a bad CD drive in the computer a week ago and removed it and now nothing works.


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That's a clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2005 12:01 PM PDT
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thanks ...
by Anamacha / September 18, 2005 6:11 AM PDT

now how do I get the IMAPI service running by default? I checked my Task Manager, and I don't seem to have it running.

What will this do for me, besides the CD things?

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how do I get the IMAPI service running by default? I
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2005 6:36 AM PDT
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By setting it to do so in SERVICES.MSC

But why do that? CDBURNERXP can exceed what XP offers in regards to CD/DVD recording needs.

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From what
by Themisive / September 22, 2005 7:54 AM PDT

you say, you have a CD burner already installed (is it CD and DVD or what) but what happened to the original disk that you received with the burner? I'm on my third unit, and have had a burner software disk each time.

If you still have that disk, it may be worth re-installing it and then updating it's software. Then it's Happy Burning.

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by linkit / September 22, 2005 9:51 AM PDT

I have been using CDBURNERXP for the past 2 weeks, as per your suggestion. Absolutely love it. Thanks, Bob!

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Thanks for the report back.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 22, 2005 11:09 AM PDT
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While it misses one feature (CD COPY) I find that the ISO read and write works to do the same thing.

Thanks for the report.


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I agree
by Themisive / September 22, 2005 11:41 PM PDT

with Bob, often you cannot copy data directly - as with data downloads, so the only way is to make an ISO copy on your hard drive, then to burn that, it works for me - incidentally that is the way to back up your irreplaceable data as well.

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