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Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Athena12, Feb 21, 2013.

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  1. Athena12

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    I want to copy some photographs and short videos to a rewritable CD-RW to send to a friend. Is it satisfactory to merely copy the files across or must I burn to disk?
    I don't understand the value of burning to disk - before 'burning' became an option it was a simple matter of sliding a picture from one's document files to a disk.
    If I do not burn, does this mean my contact will not be able to access the pictures/videos?
    Sorry to be so dumb but I have found that over the years, technology has left me somewhat behind! :(
    Would appreciate some pointers.
    Thanks a lot folks...
     
  2. valis

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    well, when you 'copy' data to a disk, you are actually 'burning' the data to the disk. So it's basically one and the same. :)
     
  3. Athena12

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    Hi Valis, thanks for your response.
    I have attempted 'burning', but it always seems like a sledgehammer to crack a nut - and takes an age. I wonder why they introduced burning, when copying or sliding over did the same job and is done in a nanosecond. It's quite confusing for us oldies you know...
     
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    You cannot simply "slide" or "move" personal data(documents, music, videos, photos, etc.) from a location in your computer to a CD-R(W) or DVD-R(W).

    You need to "burn" that data to the disc with a disc burning program.

    Unless you already have one, I recommend the free and user-friendly

    Ashampoo Burning Studio Free 4.83.4312

    If you click the "Screenshot" link, you can see what its main window looks like.

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  5. Athena12

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    We used to be able to copy and paste, or to have the C drive open in one screen with the E or F drive open in the other and slide over. Why did the technology change? Is it a case of security? It seems a bit over the top to have to 'burn' if this is not the case.

    Does burning mean that the disk cannot be over-written or can one still move or delete files/documents and re-use the disk, if needed?
    Will the recipient be able to access the photographs and videos by just opening them up in the usual fashion?

    Sorry about all these questions...
     
  6. valis

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    nope, it's not security. The technology hasn't changed; when you were dragging and dropping files, you were most likely moving them between partitions on the hard drive. In order to get data onto a portable medium such as DVD/CD, you will need to burn the data into the disk.
     
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    You may be referring to floppy disks versus CD's and DVD's.

    You can move or copy data to a floppy disk, but it needs to be burned to a CD or DVD.

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    CD-R and DVD-R discs cannot be re-used.

    CD-RW and DVD-RW discs can be re-used.

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    It's always best to "verify" and/or "finalize" a disc after the burn so it can be read and viewable in more computers and CD/DVD drives.

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  8. Athena12

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    Oh, OK, thanks for all that, both of you. Will turn my mind to burning, then. Believe my fairly new flat screen Toshiba has all the software available for burning - at least, it asks me if I want to burn once I've identified the data I want to put onto the disk.

    Bet you two are smiling at my poor IT skills - but I was in bed with M.E. for eight years:(, so things passed me by somewhat - am now playing catch-up!
    Cheers to both - will mark as solved, with my thanks.:cool:
     
  9. Athena12

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    Oh yes, I WAS thinking of floppies - absolutely, how silly of me. Thanks again for clearing the fog!(y)
     
  10. valis

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    no worres; I still have some of them laying around. Heck, I made my son's first mobile out of the old 5.5" floppies. :)
     
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    Glad to have helped. :)

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