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1. Insert a blank, writable CD into the CD recorder.
2. Double click on the computer icon on the desktop.
3. On the My Computer window, click the View menu, point to Explorer Bar, and then deselect any item checked on the submenu.
4. Navigate to and open the desired file source.
5. Select the files or folders you want to copy to the CD.
• To select more than one file listed contiguously, select the first file desired, and then hold down SHIFT and click the last file desired.
• To select more than one file listed non-contiguously, hold down CTRL and click each file desired.
6. Under File and Folder Tasks, click Copy this file, Copy this folder, or Copy the selected items. The Copy Items dialog box opens.
7. In the Copy Items dialog box, click the CD recording drive, and then click Copy.
8. In My Computer, navigate to and double-click the CD recording drive. Windows displays a temporary area where the files are held before they are copied to the CD. Verify that the files and folders that you intend to copy to the CD appear under Files Ready to be Written to the CD.
9. Under CD Writing Tasks, click Write these files to CD.
10. The CD Writing Wizard opens.
11. Enter a name for the CD in the CD name field and then click Next.
12. After the files have been copied, click Finish.
13. Follow the instructions in the wizard.
14. If the CD is not full, you can add more files to the CD by repeating this process.

• Do not copy more files to the CD than it will hold.
- Standard CDs hold up to 650 megabytes (MB).
- High-capacity CDs hold up to 850 MB.

• Be sure that you have enough disk space on your hard disk to store the temporary files that are created during the CD writing process.
- For a standard CD, Windows reserves up to 700 MB of the available free space.
- For a high-capacity CD, up to 1 gigabyte (GB) of the available free space is reserved.
• After you copy files or folders to the CD, view the CD to confirm that the files are copied.

Tips For Writing CDs
The following tips can help you avoid errors when writing to CDs. Common errors include interrupting the flow of data to the CD recorder or running out of available disk space for the CD recording process.

When creating a CD, the CD recorder must receive a constant flow of data. If the flow of data is interrupted, the CD continues to spin but the writing laser does not have any information to copy onto the disc. When this happens, the writing process stops and the CD is useless.

You can do the following to maintain a constant flow of data:
• Try recording at a lower write speed.
• Close all other programs.
• Disable any screen savers that might begin during writing.
• Defragment your hard disk before writing a CD.
• Make sure that the CD and the CD recorder are clean and dust free.
• If the CDs from one manufacturer keep failing, try a different brand.

When creating a CD, Windows uses available free space on your hard disk to store temporary files.
The amount of free disk space required depends on the amount of data to be copied to the CD. For a standard CD, Windows uses up to 700 megabytes (MB). For a high-capacity CD, Windows uses 850 MB or more.
You can do the following to free up disk space:
• Run the Disk Defragmenter tool (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools).
• Run Disk Cleanup (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools).
• Right-click the Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin from the pop-up menu.
• Delete unneeded data files.
• If you have more than one partition or disk drive, select one for the temporary file storage area that has sufficient disk space.

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