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Burning CD's and DVD's in Xandros File Manager

Page history last edited by PBworks 17 years ago

Windows users are accustomed to buying a separate program for every function, big or small, they might want to perform with their computer. For that reason alone, Xandros takes a bit of getting used to. The folks at Xandros have seamlessly integrated many common functions into the operating system. One of the best implemented and most useful of those functions is Xandros' integrated CD/DVD burning capability. Now burning a CD or DVD is as easy and intuitive as saving a file to your hard drive, as it should be, as it should have been all along. To burn a disk in Xandros, start by opening Xandros File Manager, (XFM). Double-click the Home icon on your desktop, or click Launch > Xandros File Manager.



In the File tree, in the left pane, scroll down to your CD/DVD drives, near the bottom, and click DVD Writer, as shown in the above illustration. In the right pane, select the type of disk you want to create. In this example, I'll use Create Data Disk, but the process is similar for all disk types.




In the New Data Disk window, drag and drop, or cut and paste the files you wish to burn to disk. You can open a second XFM window to browse to the files, then right click them, select copy, return to your New Data Disk window, right click in the file area, and select Paste. An even simpler method is to select the desired files from the File Tree in the left pane of the New Data Disk window, by right clicking on the files or folders, and choosing Copy, then right click in the right pane and choose Paste. You will need to click the + next to drives and folders in the File Tree, to expand the listing so that you can select sub-folders or individual files. The Add Files to Disk icon in the toolbar at the top of the window, provides yet another simple way to add files to your project. It's the icon that looks like a disk with a red and yellow, + sign on it.





The blue bar at the bottom of the window, provides a visual reference to how much space you have used, and how much you have left. The same information is presented in numerical form on the left side of the right pane. Once you have assembled all the desired files in the New Data Disk window, click the Write Files to Disk link in the window, or clickthe Write to Disk icon in the toolbar at the top of the window. There are several other icons in the toolbar related to disk burning as well. Mouse over each of them to see a tag decribing its function. When you click Burn Files to Disk, the Create Disk settings panel opens, offering fine control over various aspects of the burning process, such as the recorder to use, burning speed. On the other tabs, control of more advanced properties is available.




On the Advanced tab, for example, you can choose whether to just test burn, without actually writing anything to disk, or to just burn, without testing first, or to test and then burn. In most cases, the default settings will work just fine, but those who like to micro-manage can do so to their hearts content.



Once you have the settings configured to your liking, click OK to start the burning process. In just a few moments, your newly created disk will be ejected automatically, and you are finished. Trust me, it takes a whole lot longer to detail the process in writing, than it does to actually do it. Now, verily I beseech thee, go forth and burn! papabearak



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