The following options are commonly found in most dedicated CD-recording programs (and some jukebox programs), although the terminology may vary.
Selecting files you want to burn to CD is straightforward. Using the disc-burning program’s built-in file manager, you select files and folders, drag them into a special window, and tell the program to start burning. Once you’ve selected a group of files, you can store them as a project (also called a layout) that you can use over and over again. A project is basically a prefab list that notes which data or audio tracks you want recorded to disc. Using a CD project eliminates the time it takes to search for files and lets the software begin recording immediately. Projects are useful for data backups and for recording copies of demo or marketing CDs. Just note that if you move the source files listed in a project to different folders on your computer, the disc-burning software won’t be able to find them. If you want to use the project again, you’ll have to edit it or rebuild it from scratch.
An image file contains all of the data that will be recorded on the CD, exactly as it will be written, in one large file. This makes for more reliable recording, especially at high speeds, but it requires as much free space on your hard drive as the CD you are recording (up to 700 MB on a defragmented hard drive for a data CD).
Most CD-recording programs give you a choice between track-at-once ...