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Data backup and storage to CD-RW's using "Drag & Drop" or "Save as..."

By dellasha ยท 5 replies
Jan 15, 2005
  1. I just got a new Hewlett Packard computer with Windows XP. The CD drive is a combo CD reader, writer and DVD. The main reason I need it is to backup my many documents, database programs (RootsMagic family history, Quicken, etc.), photographs and drawings. The pre-installed burning program on the computer is Adaptec's (I think) Sonic RecordNow!, which is useless for my needs because of the way it works. The HP tech suggested I download DLA to enable me to use "drag & drop" through Windows Explorer, but I haven't had much luck with that, either. What I need is to be able to use a CD-RW as a giant floppy - to add, delete, copy, edit and move files, just as I do on my regular floppies, using "drag & drop" through Windows Explorer, or "save as...". What software do I need for this? Please use "baby-talk" with me, because I don't understand any of the initials, terms and technical language I see all over these forums. Thanks, Dellasha
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,452

    The most versatile program for that is "Nero"
    The latest version Nero6 Reloaded is a bit bloated, maybe the NeroMIX will do better for you. Read the specs here: www.nero.com

    The part that interests you specifically is InCD.
  3. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,070

    What your looking for is Packet Writing software ;
    INCD by Nero and Direct CD by Adaptec.
    But you have to buy these bundled with a CD/DVD media authoring software programs that run around $70 . Nero 6.6 is what I use and like , but I will warn you since you wanted "baby talk"
    These programs sometimes' can' be hard to configure.
    You can get assistance here or other places ,but be prepared.
    Once you get set up ,however they are great.Get back to us if you want to walk through it.
  4. dellasha

    dellasha TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, I had Adaptec's Direct CD on my old computer and that's how my CD's were formated. They worked very well for me then, but I've had a terrible time with them on this computer and have lost the data on several. I can't even re-format some of them. I don't know what was "bundled" on this computer, but I know I can't buy anymore expensive software. I'm very frustrated and wish I had kept my other computer. I got along beautifully with Windows ME and the pre-installed programs. XP has been nothing but headaches for me. Thanks to for trying to help, though. Dellasha
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,452

    Windows XP has its own built-in CD-writing stuff. Somewhere in the settings you can turn this off. Only then will another program, such as Adaptec or Nero work properly.
    Try NOT to install more than 1 CDRW-program at the time, they have been known to clash.
  6. jgower

    jgower TS Rookie

    Adaptec's Direct CD with VISTA

    I am having a simular problem using VISTA, I have alott of data from my old system using Direct CD. I checked the WEB and I see "Adaptec UDF Reader Driver". Will this work with VISTA?
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