computer came with, as most new computers do, an
application that allows you create data or audio CDs (e.g., Roxio
Easy CD Creator),
to back up data from your hard drive. If your computer did not come
with this type of application, you can purchase one.
instructions given here are for Roxio Easy CD Creator version 5 used
on a Windows XP computer. If you have a different version
of this application or a different application, the instructions
they are outlined
here. Read the Help menu within your
application for specific instructions.
use Roxio Easy CD Creator to back up data to a CD, you do
not need to format
the CD beforehand.
How to use
Roxio Easy CD Creator to Back Up Data to a CD
a blank, unformatted CD into the drive on your
computer that allows you to write to a CD. (The drive is usually
labeled as Recordable or Rewritable).
- If a
dialog box appears that asks how to open the CD, click Cancel.
- Click Start | All
Programs | Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 | Project
- You will
see the Select a Project dialog box that looks similar
to the following one. Move your mouse so that the cursor rolls across
a data CD button (on the left-hand side of the window ).
- Click data
CD project (the middle button).
- In the
bottom left-hand column, you will see a CD icon followed by a series
of numbers—this is the current "name" of the CD.
this CD icon and type a new name for the CD (one that will provide
information about what is on the CD and when it was created). For
example, on the following screen, the CD is named backup_11_04 to
indicate it is a backup done in November 2004.
- In the Select
source files field in the upper-right corner of
the screen, select the files or folder(s) in which the files you
want to backup
The folder name(s) will then appear below the name of the CD as
well as in the right-hand column of the window. For example, the
following screen shows that the folder selected is Backup
you select all the folders/files you want to back up, click Add (the
downward pointing arrow in the middle of the window).
- Click record.
The Record CD Setup dialog
box will appear.
- Click Start
recording. Depending on how much information (data) you
chose to back up, it may take a few minutes to an
hour or more for the backup CD to be created.