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If your computer has a CD-R (Compact Disc - Recordable) or CD-RW (Compact Disc - ReWritable) drive, you can copy data files onto CDs for archival storage or backup.

Note the differences between CD-R and CD-RW discs:

  • CD-R discs can only be written to once, until they are full or the user has finalized the CD. CD-Rs also work with standard music CD players. Use this type of disc for data that does not need further edits.

  • CD-RW discs allow you to reuse the disc by overwriting existing files. These cannot be used in standard CD music players.

Roxio Easy CD Creator is one of several commonly available computer-to-CD file transfer utilities.

Using Roxio Easy CD Creator 5

  1. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into the disc drive.

  2. If the Easy CD Creator window doesn't open automatically, you can:

    1. Go to Start / Programs / Roxio CD Creator 5 / Roxio Project Selector

    2. Or, double-click on the Roxio icon on your desktop or system tray.

  3. In the Select a Project window, first click on make a data CD, then on dataCD project.

  4. An Untitled Data CD Project window will appear.

    Under Select source files, click on the drop-down arrow and select the drive where the files you want to copy are located.

    The left pane will now show your folder list, while the right pane shows the files within a selected folder.

    Select a group of folders and/or files you want to copy, then click Add. Repeat as needed.

  5. The selected files will appear in the window under data CD project.

    To ensure that all your project files will fit on the CD, monitor the Project Size and Estimated free space indicators below the file list.

  6. Once you have all files selected and know they will fit on the CD disc, click the Record button on the bar between the source files and selected files in the middle of the window.

  7. The Record CD Setup window will appear. Click on the Options button to expand the Record CD Setup window.

  8. Under Record Options:

    1. If this is the first time you are recording to this disc, select Test and Record CD.

    2. If this is another recording session on a disc you have already started, select Record CD

    3. Leave all other settings at the defaults, and click Start Recording.

  9. If this is the last recording session, set the Record Method to Finalize CD, then click Start Recording.

  10. The Record CD Progress window will appear, showing the remaining time left to record the CD.

    When you see 100% for both Progress and disc Progress, you should also see CD created successfully . Click OK.

  11. If you see a message saying, "Save CD Project changes to c:\", click NO.

  12. Test your CD disc to make sure you can read your files.

In Additional Recording Sessions...

  • Follow steps 1-5 above to open the program and select the files to be copied to the CD.

  • When you click the Add arrow, the newly selected files will be added to the list of files already on the disc.

  • Do not remove any previously recorded files.

  • Make sure the disc will hold the new files.

  • Continue with the remaining steps until copying is complete.

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