tulsabravo
1 Copper

Backing up music files to dvd-r

I'm using a 3 and a half year -old Dell Optiplex GX 620 and am trying to copy my music files onto DVD-R discs. Using the Sonic Digital Media LE v7 software that came with the computer, I click on the "Easy Approach" tab (if I remember correctly,) choose "all music files," and then start. It then takes some time while it collects the data, and then tells me to insert some writable form of disc (including DVD-R) which I insert and press "continue" or "start." After the 1st disc has been burned, it tells me that it will take 17 more discs with the same capacity to finish the job, and asks me if this is okay? I click on yes, and then it tells me to insert another disc with the same capacity as the 1st disc and to click on "continue" (or something like that.) Now the problem. It never ejects the 1st disc. I wait and wait. Nothing happens. Then I hit the open/close button, but still no disc. So I hit the "continue" button thinking it will sense that the disc in there is no longer writable and kick it out, but that never happens. As a matter of fact, nothing happens until I cancel the job and only then, am I able to get the 1st disc out by hitting the open/close button.

To try and find another solution, I went to Windows XP support and it told me to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to backup the files I'm trying to backup. I go through the steps until I get to the "Select your transfer method" part. According to the instructions, I'm supposed to see something titled "Floppy drive or other removable media," but all I see is "Floppy Drive." There are no other choices associated with this tab. I would appreciate it greatly if someone could help me figure out how to solve this problem. Or is there some better way to accomplish my goal. I went with the DVD-R solution because I didn't want to have to buy some kind of zip drive, etc., i.e., do it successfully but very cheaply. Thanks. 

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fireberd
6 Indium

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

What type of music files do you have that requires 17 DVD's?  That would sound like at least one thousand regular (wav) music files.  What you need to do is create "data" DVD's and then select the music files you want for ONE DVD (fill up the DVD), burn that and the repeat for each additional data DVD until you have all the music saved to discs.

What you are attempting to do can be done but it's not the best method.  With that size file(s) the best option is to "back them up" (save) them to an external hard drive.  I know you are trying to stay "cheap" but cheap won't really get it. 

One other comment on "backup", although you are backing up your music files, do you have your other user files backed up? - and it's not for "IF" it will ever be needed but for "When" it will be needed.  I do PC support and what I recommend to my clients is to have either a 2nd internal hard drive or an external (USB) connected hard drive that has sufficient capacity to hold at least two full hard drive backups.  Then I recommend Acrons True Image Home backup software.  I recommend periodic (how often depends on how much or how often data changes on the hard drive) full hard drive backups (all partitions).  With this method, if the hard drive gets corrupted, has a virus or fails and must be replaced, you can completely restore the hard drive to the last full backup in about an hour.

I don't put much faith in the Sonic software that came with the PC.  I use Nero CD/DVD burning software and what I recommend to my clients. 



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tulsabravo
1 Copper

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

Again, thanks for your help. Now I've tried burning a data dvd using Windows Media Player but a new problem has come up. I'm sure I have WMP 11. And I'm reading that to burn a data dvd, just open WMP, click on the down arrow under burn, and click on "data cd or dvd." Here's my newest problem: it only says "data cd." There is nothing about dvd, unless you click on "other options" under the burn tab, and has nothing to do with "data dvd." I'm sorry to bother you again, but am I just stupid? I've recently (within the last month) downloaded the newest version of WMP that Microsoft had for Windows XP because I was having problems with WMP and some new speakers I had just bought. Thanks again.

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Skybird
5 Rhenium

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

tulsabravo,

Windows XP is not capable of burning DVD media, thus, WMP does not recognize
a DVD.  To burn a DVD, third party software is required which you have with
Sonic.  What kind of files are you trying to burn to a DVD?  If they are mp3s,
then you use Sonic option for burning a data DVD.

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tulsabravo
1 Copper

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

I'm finally figuring that out. What a bummer. But I started this whole experience trying to use Sonic, just not the right way it seems. Thanks for your help.

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Agent_99
1 Nickel

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

Hello tulsabravo,

Here is a list of third party apps you can use to burn DVD's:

MagicISO (Supports Win98 thru Win7)

PowerISO  (Supports Win98 thru Win7)

UltraISO  (Supports Win98 thru Win7)

DAEMON Tools (Supports Win98 thru Win7)

I have used all execpt DAEMON Tools and UltraISO has the largest feature set but is a little harder to learn to use. If memory serves, PowerISO was easy to use and had a good feature set.

Please Note: All of the apps listed above are not free, they are shareware and as such may have reduced functionality in trail mode.

 

Hope this helps.

Peace.

 

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. "
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
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IBM ThinkCentre M52 w / Pentium 4-3Ghz,
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tulsabravo
1 Copper

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

Thanks. I will try PowerISO in the morning. I've spent the last 2 hours with CDBurner XP, because I read it would work, but I'm about to snap. I wanted to burn "My Music" from Windows XP, which turns out to be 75 gigs or so. Then it tells me to insert the disc, and then it says it can't burn the disc because there's not enough space on the disc. Why won't it just fill up a disc, eject it, and then tell me to insert a new disc? So the help section tells me to download some Zip compression program, which I do, but then realize that it's used to compress over-sized files. That's not my problem. My problem is that I've got a ton of small files, but I don't want to move each file to the burn center, burn them, and then move more files. That would take me forever. Anyway, I'll try your suggestion, and thanks again for your help.

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Skybird
5 Rhenium

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

tulsabravo,

It is not a burning program issue.  A DVD disc is only about 4.7Gb, thus
75 Gb would require about 16 DVD discs.  You cannot burn the entire
'My Music' contents at once (you can, but not so simply).  Reorganize
your 'My Music' files into 4.7Gb groups then burn a DVD disc for each group.
You cannot compress 75Gb of music onto 4.7Gb of disc and expect any kind
of quality retention.

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tulsabravo
1 Copper

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

Yeah, I finally figured that out. I was just trying to do it as simply and as quickly as possible. Thanks for your help.

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Agent_99
1 Nickel

Re: Backing up music files to dvd-r

@Skybird,

tulsabravo has several issues. First and formost XP does not have builtin support for burning DVD's. Second, XP does not play well with some DVD burner apps. Thirdly, the app he was using just sucks. The programs I listed will work with both XP Home, which is installed on my Dell laptop, and XP Pro, which is installed on my server. The reason I suggested them is because they work in trial mode (Use now, Pay later), they are easier to use than Nero (which I also use), they all have fairly straight forward GUI's, and they all can create compressed disk images. This last feature can be used for backing up to a hard disk and still be used in that form with a virtual DVD/CD drive like VirtualCloneDrive which is Freeware. Also I believe PowerISO and UltraISO can each install their own version of a virtual DVD/CD drive.

 

Peace.

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security. "
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
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XPS 730x w/Core i7 920, ATI Radeon HD 4850, (3) 500GB SATA-300 HDD, Win7-x64
Inspiron 2200 w / Pentium M, WinXP Home
IBM ThinkCentre M52 w / Pentium 4-3Ghz,
WinXP Pro

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