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It Just Burns Me Up!!

It Just Burns Me Up!
by Gary Woods

I've burned a lot of CDs and DVDs in my time, and unfortunately I've made some bad discs. I thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the things you can do to try and insure a good burn.

The first thing to do is always check the little box that says "Verify." This takes the information that got burned on the CD and checks it against the original. If they don't match then verify fails. It takes a few minutes longer to run verify, but it's always a good idea to do it.

The second thing to look at is to use the right media. On the CD side of the ledger you really only have a choice CD-R or CD-RW. Blank CDs are so cheap these days I never get rewriteable disks. But on the DVD side you've got DVD-R, DVD+R or DVD-RAM. When I'm buying media I never buy the cheap stuff, there's a reason it's cheap, and if what I'm burning is good enough to burn, its good enough to spend a few more cents.

Third, it's a good idea not to burn at the fastest speeds. Even if a burner can go a certain speed, it doesn't mean it should. I usually burn DVDs at 4X.

Finally, when you're burning a disk, don't do anything else. Don't access the Internet; don't balance your check book, just wait until it's done.

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc