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Noob questions about DVD Writer / CD-ROM

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by mcbain221, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. mcbain221

    mcbain221 Thread Starter

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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!
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    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.
    Yes. CD-R's are more reliable and should always be used for permanent data storage.
    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.
    No.
    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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