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Writing/Erasing CDs in Windows XP

This guide aims to assist you in writing (i.e. burning) data and music CDs while also providing information to erase a CD-RW disc. As always, if you have any further questions or concerns while following this guide, please feel free to contact the Helpdesk directly.

Overview

How do I burn a data CD?

  1. Place a blank CD-R or CD-RW in the CD-R/RW drive of your personal computer.
  2. Open My Computer from either your Desktop or via Start > My Computer.
  3. Double-click your CD-R/RW drive (usually D:\) to open the disc.

    CD Drive (D:) - Empty

  4. You can now drag and drop files onto the CD in preparation of writing the disc.

    CD Drive (D:) - Full

  5. When you have finished adding files to the CD, select Write these files to CD from the right navigation pane.
  6. Enter a name for your CD in the CD Name field.
  7. Click Next.

    CD Writing Wizard - Welcome to Write

  8. Windows will proceed to write your files to the CD.

    CD Writing Wizard - Burning

  9. Click the Finish button if you only want one copy, else check the box for additional copies and continue.

    CD Writing Wizard - Finished Writing

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How do I erase a data CD?

  1. Place the CD-RW disc you would like to erase into the CD-R/RW drive of your personal computer.
  2. Open My Computer from either your Desktop or via Start > My Computer.
  3. Double-click your CD-R/RW drive (usually D:\) to open the disc.

    CD Drive (D:) - Erase

  4. Click Erase this CD-RW from the right navigation pane.
  5. Click Next at the CD Writing Wizard screen.

    CD Writing Wizard - Welcome to Erase

  6. Windows will proceed to erase the files on the CD.

    CD Writing Wizard - Erasing

  7. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

    CD Writing Wizard - Finished Erasing

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How do I burn a music CD?

  1. Place a blank CD-R or CD-RW in the CD-R/RW drive of your personal computer.
  2. In Windows, open Windows Media Player via Start > All Programs > Windows Media Player.
  3. Select Burn from the options along the top of the media player.

    WMPlayer - Open

  4. Drag and drop files into the Burn List and order the files as you wish.

    WMPlayer - Burn List

  5. When all files have been added, please choose the Start Burn option at the top of the media player.

    WMPlayer - Start Burn

  6. Windows Media Player will now burn each of the tracks to your CD.

    WMPlayer - Burning

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