Noob questions about DVD Writer / CD-ROM

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mcbain221

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Hello -- forgive me for some truly doofus questions.

I dont quite understand how my two CD drives work. I'd like to figure out which drive to use for adding jpegs to a CD or DVD, and which drive to write DVDs. I've done both in the past but for some reason now it doesn't work as it used to.

System:
HP Pavillion a1230n
AMD 64 3700
1.5 gigs RAM
Windows XP-SP2

CD-ROM Drives:
"E:" HP DVD Writer 740b
"F:" Asus CD S480/A5

This pc also came bundled with "Lightscribe," some wierd application/device that prints or burns labels onto the surface of CD or DVD. I assume I can ignore this for now.

The drives work normally for opening/playing pc games (both from CD and DVD), audio CDs, etc.

Questions:

1) Easiest way to write pics or docs onto a CD?
2) Does it matter if I use CD-R or CD-RW?
3) Do DVDs work in either drive? To wite data onto a DVD, I assume I use DVD Writer 740b?
4) Do CDs (either -R or -RW) need to be formatted or prepared for use?
5) Disk drive "F" is labeled "CD-ROM' on the actual pc tower. Can I write data to CDs or DVDs using this drive?

Answers to these questions and any general input/guidance much appreciated!
 

DoubleHelix

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mcbain221 said:
Questions:
1) Easiest way to write pics or docs onto a CD?
Use burning software or Windows XP's utility. Drag and drop and then select Burn to CD (or something to that effect) in the task pane.
mcbain221 said:
2) Does it matter if I use CD-R or CD-RW?
Yes. CD-R's are more reliable and should always be used for permanent data storage.
mcbain221 said:
3) Do DVDs work in either drive? To wite data onto a DVD, I assume I use DVD Writer 740b?
You can only burn to a DVD in a DVD burner. I can't find any info on the Asus drive to verify whether or not it can read DVDs.
mcbain221 said:
4) Do CDs (either -R or -RW) need to be formatted or prepared for use?
No.
mcbain221 said:
5) Disk drive "F" is labeled "CD-ROM' on the actual pc tower. Can I write data to CDs or DVDs using this drive?
I doubt it. Again, can't find any info on this drive on the internet. If it could write to CDs or DVDs, there would likely be some indication on the bezel.
 
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