In This Chapter
Understanding the disc-burning thing
Inserting the disc
Choosing a proper format
Working with the disc in Windows
Wiping out an RW disc
Throwing away a disc
Behold the optical disc! It's your PC's removable media of choice. The computer eats optical discs, consuming them for their data, music, or video. Better still, your PC has the ability to create discs. Indeed, armed with a stack of recordable discs, you and your computer can become your own personal disc factory. This chapter tells you how.
Making optical discs on your PC is super cinchy. You need an optical drive that can write to recordable optical media, which is pretty much standard PC hardware these days. Then you need Windows; the operating system has all the tools you need to burn an optical disc.
First, ensure that your PC came equipped with a recordable optical drive. You can tell by looking at the stickers or "tattoos" on the drive's faceplate. Or, you may see any of the abbreviations listed in Table 24-1.
If you need help identifying your PC's optical drive, see Chapter 9.
Second, you need software. That software is Windows, which recognizes blank optical media inserted into the recordable optical drive. Later sections in ...