There are two different types of CD Media, and two separate
methods for writing to CD, commonly referred to as burning. Although it is not
absolutely necessary, I have found that one way is most suitable for writing to
CD-R and one is most suitable for CD-RW.
To clarify, CD-R is write once. With most modern CD drives,
you can write again, but each time you do, it gobbles up more space so it will
eventually run out. Also, some older drives will not see the subsequent data,
and will only see the first write. So it is not best to do that.
CD-RW is rewritable, where you format the CD, and write to
it over and over, like it is a big floppy disk.
CD-R’s are cheap and CD-RW’s are not, so there is a use for
both in today’s world.
When Nero is installed, it should have been installed with
the Nero Burning software, and the InCD software. If you don’t have both, get
your Nero CD and install them both.
Write to a CD-R (This process uses the Nero Burning
a blank CD-R, and click on Start | Programs | Ahead Nero | Nero Burning ROM.
the Wizard which looks like
choose Audio or Data as required
a new CD
will give you a screen like the following:
the files from the right hand side to the left hand side
click on the tool bar on the 8th button, called Write dialog
and follow the prompts.
Note: While it is writing, don’t touch the computer, to ensure
there is no buffer overrun or processing interruption. The smallest
interruption will ruin your CD.
Write to a CD-RW (This process uses the Nero InCD
the CD-RW has already been formatted, and even used, then simply insert it
into the CDRW drive, and the InCD software recognizes it, and makes it a
writable drive. You can then copy files to it with Windows explorer as you
the CD-RW has not been formatted, then inserting it into the CDRW drive
will cause InCD to identify it, and pop a dialogue box up telling you it
is there. If it doesn’t offer the format button, or tells you it is ready,
then click Cancel or OK.
Click on the small InCD Icon in the task tray (bottom right of the screen)
and choose Format. This will present you with:
Next about 4 times, typing in a volume name if you want, the Finish to
start the formatting.
it is finished, about 20 minutes, then you will be able to start writing
to the CD like a floppy. These CD-RW’s formatted like this can only be
read and written to with computers with the same software and CD-RW
hardware. (Although some new multiread CD’s can actually read them, we
cannot be sure).
Copy a CD to CD-R (This process uses the Nero Burning
the CD you want to copy, and click on Start | Programs | Ahead Nero | Nero
(Note, if it is Auto-Running, either hold the Shift key down when you
insert it, or cancel the music or application that starts.
the Wizard which looks like:
“Copy a CD” and then Next.
and click Next:
Click “Burn” to start the copy write process, that will start storing to a
temporary space on your hard drive.
- You will
then be presented with a CD database screen. You can just cancel this, and
then the CD copying will start.
finished, the CD will eject, and you can insert a blank CD.
inserting a blank CD-R, the burn process will write to the CD.
finished, you will get the completion message:
NOTE: These instructions are written for the purpose of
making a backup of a CD for personal use only. You should be aware that
infringing copyrights is illegal, and in most cases, CD’s are not to be copied.
Some authors do allow you to make a backup copy for personal use. However, we
do not condone illegal copying, and take no responsibility for any actions
taken as a result of the instructions supplied within this document.