HOW  TO  MANUALLY  BURN  FILES  ONTO  A  CD/DVD  DISC

These next two sections deal with Burning (Copying) Files onto a Disc (CD or DVD). In this section I will show you how to manually Burn (Copy) files onto a Disc (CD or DVD) using Windows 10 only. Therefore I am assuming that you do not have any Disc Burning (CD or DVD Copying) software installed or you do, but you do not know how to use it. In the next section I will show you how to Burn Files onto a Disc using some third party disc burning software.


Using Windows 10's built-in burning function only, begin by inserting a Blank Disc (Blank CD or Blank DVD) into your Disc Recorder Drive (i.e. CD-RW Drive or DVD-RW Drive). Doing so should bring up an AutoPlay notification (message) asking you what action you would like to take whenever a blank disc (cd/dvd) is inserted into the dvd rw drive. Click on that notification (message) and then select (left click on) the BURN FILES TO DISC option from the AutoPlay window that then appears.

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Fig 1.0 - Click on the AutoPlay notification (message) to continue

If the AutoPlay setting is switched off, which is very unlikely as it is switched on by default, just open the THIS PC computer folder, right click over the DVD RW DRIVE icon and select (left click on) the OPEN AUTOPLAY menu-item (not shown here). From there, choose what happens when a blank disc (cd/dvd) is inserted.

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Fig 1.1 - Click on the BURN FILES TO DISC option to continue

After selecting the BURN FILES TO DISC option (above) the Burn To Disc window appears (below). It shows a DISC TITLE edit box, an option called LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE and an option called WITH A CD/DVD PLAYER. The default title is the current date, but here I have renamed it to Budapest 2014 because I will be burning photographs of Budapest onto the inserted blank disc (cd). That title (Budapest 2014) is to remind me of the holiday's location (Budapest) and the year in which the holiday was taken (2014). This may sound like a small detail, but when you have hundreds of assorted CDs lying around the place.....

The LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE default option means you can burn data (folders/files) onto the inserted blank disc in multiple burning/recording sessions (multi-sessions), as opposed to burning/recording the data in one session only, by dragging and dropping folders/files directly onto the cd/dvd drive window (Fig 1.7 below). Hence, just like you can with a flash drive. Because Windows 10 uses the Live File System format it means the discs you create with this option can only be seen/recognized by computers using Windows XP or later.

The LIKE A CD/DVD PLAYER option, which uses the Mastered format, means you can only burn data (folders/files) onto the inserted blank disc once. In one burning/recording session only. The data will be viewable on other devices though besides computers - Devices such as a car cd player that can play MP3 files and a normal dvd player that can display photograph files on a 40" widescreen tv for example.

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Fig 1.2 - Change the Disc Title to something more meaningful, if need be.

In this example I am using the default option LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE simply because I might want to burn other computer files, such as Microsoft Word documents, onto the cd at a later stage. Therefore I am not interested in the LIKE A CD/DVD PLAYER option. So after entering a disc title and leaving the default option selected, the next thing to do is click on the NEXT button to continue (Fig 1.2 above). Doing so tells Windows 10 to format the disc in a way that it can be used like a usb flash drive (memory stick).

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Fig 1.3 - Windows 10 is formatting the disc so that it can be used like a usb flash drive (memory stick)

Depending on your AutoPlay settings you might see at this point an AutoPlay notification (message) appear asking you what you want to do whenever a removable drive is inserted. Remember, the inserted blank disc has been (or is being) formatted to act like a removable usb drive; hence the notification. Anyway, if this happens just ignore the notification. It will close itself.

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Fig 1.4 - Ignore this AutoPlay notification (message) if it appears

When the inserted blank disc has been formatted, again depending on your AutoPlay settings, you may need to manually open the DVD RW DRIVE folder in order to move (paste) files onto the blank disc; which is now acting like a usb flash drive (memory stick). The particular AutoPlay setting I am talking about is OPEN FOLDER TO VIEW FILES. If this is the default action to take whenever a usb flash drive is inserted, likewise the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) should open automatically after the above formatting process has completed.

MOVE  FILES  ONTO  THE  BLANK  INSERTED  DISC

With the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) open, automatically or manually, the next step is to move (drag or paste) some files onto the blank disc. You can either PASTE copied files into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) or DRAG them over. Simply COPY some files and then PASTE them into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window).

In this example I am dragging a folder called Budapest2014, which contains my holiday photo files (photos), into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window). I could of right clicked over the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) instead and then selected the PASTE menu-item or I could of used the folder's (window's) ribbon, to reveal it PASTE button.....

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Fig 1.5 - Drag (move) some files into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) to continue

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Fig 1.6 - PASTE some files into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) to continue

As you are dragging or pasting your folders/files into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) you might be informed by Windows 10 that you do not have enough space on the disc to carry out that drag or paste operation (below). If this is the case simply click on the CANCEL button, reselect a smaller amount of folders/files and then drag or paste that smaller amount of folders/files into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window) as normal. And if you do have enough space on the disc your folders/files will be copied (burnt/recorded) onto the disc as normal (Fig 1.8 below).

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Fig 1.7 - Click on the CANCEL button when you do not have enough free space on your disc

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Fig 1.8 - Your folder(s) and/or file(s) are being copied (burnt) onto the disc

PASTING / DRAGGING  SESSIONS  AND  RECORDING  SESSIONS

When you first insert a blank disc (cd/dvd) into the DVD RW DRIVE and begin to drag or paste (copy) folders/files into its folder (window), Windows 10 opens a 'Recording Session' for that blank disc; and more precisely a recording session for that particular pasting/dragging session. So if you paste/drag 20 photo files and 2 document files at 10am those files will be burnt onto the disc at 10am. If you then paste/drag 3 video files at 10:34am those files will be burnt onto the disc at 10:34am. Both pasting/dragging sessions will be classed as one recording session. This is because a recording session does not finish until you either eject the disc or close its recording session via the CLOSE SESSION menu-item (right click, CLOSE SESSION).

While a recording section is open, and whilst there is enough recording space on the blank disc, you can drag or paste (copy) as many folders/files as you like into the DVD RW DRIVE folder (window). And when you close a recording session, either by ejecting the disc (with the physical EJECT button or use the EJECT menu-item) or by clicking on its CLOSE SESSION menu-item (right click, CLOSE SESSION), only that recording session is closed. Meaning: As soon as you reinsert the disc and start a new pasting/dragging session, a new recording session is opened for that pasting/dragging session; as long as there is enough space remaining on the disc.

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Fig 1.9 - The dragged folder called Budapest2014, containing my holiday photos, has been recorded (burnt/copied) onto the disc.

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Fig 1.9 - Click on the CLOSE SESSION button to close this particular recording session

When you close a recording session using the CLOSE SESSION menu-item (above) a notification (message) will appear informing you that the disc is being prepared for closure of the current recording session. The disc will not be ejected though because Windows 10 thinks you might want to perform another pasting/dragging session while the disc is still in the DVD RW DRIVE.

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Fig 1.10 - Windows 10 is preparing to close the current recording session

If you close a recording session using the EJECT menu-item or physical EJECT button the disc will be ejected once the current recording sesson has been closed. NOTE WELL: You will NOT be able to physically, force, open the DVD RW DRIVE simply because Windows 10 will have locked its door to prevent data damage; if not computer damage. So do NOT be impatience and try to force the DVD RW DRIVE's door open. Wait until the recording session has been closed and Windows 10 naturally ejects the disc.

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Fig 1.11 - The current recording session is being closed

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Fig 1.12 - The disc inside the DVD RW DRIVE has been ejected by Windows 10

Just to clarify recording sessions: More than one recording session are known as Multi-Sessions (Multiple Recording Sessions). You could burn (paste/drag) 10 files now, another 4 files later today and then another 7 files tomorrow and so on - These pasting/dragging sessions are therefore known collectively as recording sessions or multi-sessons (multiple recording sessions).

If you use the LIKE A CD/DVD PLAYER option it only allows you to burn (paste/drag) folders/files in one recording session, and not in multiple recording sessions. This is because with that option the disc is Finalized. Or put another way, the disc has a marker put onto it that states to other burning softwares and technologies that the disc can no longer accept folder/file recordings. So if you burn (paste/drag) 10 files onto the disc now you can not burn any folders/files onto it later. Hence MASTER COPY (MASTERED or Finalized).