Perhaps you've discovered the joys of downloading MP3 files to your computer, but are looking for a way to carry your great music collection with you. Or it could be that your digital photos are beginning to take up way too much space on your hard drive. Maybe you're just looking for an alternative to the numerous floppy disks it takes to completely backup your computer files.
Whatever your reason, you may be considering adding a CD burner to your computer system. Called "burners" because they use a laser to burn data onto a compact disc, CD–ReWritable drives (CD–RW) are quickly becoming the favored means for saving large collections of files that can be easily shared from computer to computer.
The primary difference between CD–R and CD–RW discs is that the former only allows you to record music files once, while the latter lets you record and re–record as often as desired. However, some older CD–ROM drives and most audio CD players will not play CD–RW discs, so think about what you intend to use your drive for before you buy.
Here are some instructions for carrying out some of the most common tasks with your CD burner.
In order to write MP3 music files to a CD, they must first be converted to WAV format. You can use almost any MP3 player or CD writing software to decode your MP3 files into WAV files. We will go through the steps of converting MP3 files to WAV files using Music Match Jukebox (bundled with any HP computer) and then burning the converted files to your own CD.
There are different software programs that are designed for backing up information. One such product is Simple Backup, which is a Windows® based backup software that allows you to use your HP CD–Writer to create backups of your computer's files and then restore those files to almost any computer equipped with a CD reader (yours or anyone else's). This type of software can provide one or all of the following features:
Making and viewing photos from photo CDs is a snap. Almost all film developers can save your regular photos to a CD. Also, many Internet vendors, such as Photoworks, will convert your roll of film into a digital format to be viewed on the web or saved on a CD. Pictures stored on a CD can be displayed on most computers. Simply insert the CD into the CD–ROM drive of your computer and click on the CD drive to access your photos.
The CD process with a digital camera is even easier. Save the images to your computer hard drive and then use CD–writing software, such as Adaptec's Easy CD Creator, to write them to a CD. That CD can then be shared with others or used as a digital photo album. Prints can also be made from your photo CD by any film developer.
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