How to Burn a Data CD Using Nero

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Nero provides a quick and easy way to burn data and audio compact discs (CDs). Nero works with both CD-R and CD-RW discs and can be used to make backup copies of discs that are not copyrighted. Nero is useful for business, school and home use and takes the frustration out of burning CDs. Nero continually prompts users to take the next step in the burning process, making it a logical choice for many CD users.

  • Insert a CD into the appropriate drive. Use a CD-R disc if you won’t need to add additional information to the disc at a later time. Use a CD-RW disc if you need to add information to the disc in the future. After the computer recognizes that a disc has been placed in the drive, a dialog box will appear. Select “Burn a new CD.”

  • Select the correct option based on your needs. You will be given four choices: "Make Data Disc," "Make Audio CD," "Make Video CD" and "Copy Disc." If you are making a data CD, click on "Choose Data" > "Make Data CD." If you are making an audio CD, select "Make Audio CD."

  • Click the “Add” button. A new window will open. Browse through the file locations and select the files or folders that you want to add. Highlight those files and click on the “Select Files” button.

  • Choose “Finish” when you have selected all files. A list of added files and folders will be displayed. Double-check that all files are present, particularly if you are not using a rewritable disc.

  • Click “Next” when you are satisfied that all files and folders you need have been added. Check that the correct drive is selected and change the name of the disc if desired. Click “Burn,” and your information will be burned onto the CD.

  • Check that the information has been successfully burned. When your CD drive pops out the disc, push it back in again and randomly click on some of the files to make sure that they open and can be read.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the dialog box does not automatically appear when you put a CD into the computer, click on the Nero icon on your desktop.
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