How To Burn A CD or DVD With Nero Burning ROM OEM Edition

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Nero Burning Rom is a very popular software application for burning CD’s and DVD’s. In this blog,  I take a look at how to backup a set of files using the OEM version of Nero Burning ROM.

How To Launch Nero Using The Windows Start Menu

The first step is to launch the Nero Burning ROM program as detailed below:

  1. Left click the Start menu.
  2. Left click the All Programs shortcut on the Start menu,
  3. Locate the Nero folder and highlight it with your mouse cursor.
  4. Locate the Nero Start Smart application In the Nero Program folder.

    Figure 1.1 - Launching Nero Using StartSmart Shortcut on the Windows Start Menu
    Figure 1.1 – Launching Nero Using StartSmart Shortcut on the Windows Start Menu
  5. Left click once to start that Nero StartSmart application. You will be presented with a window shown in the figure below.

Working With The Nero Express Interface

This is the OEM version of Nero Burning ROM, probably part of a CD I received when I purchased an OEM optical drive.

Figure 1.2 - The OEM Version of Nero Burning Rom
Figure 1.2 – The OEM Version of Nero Burning Rom
    1. On the left hand side left click the Nero Express title under list of available applications.

      Figure 1.3 - Selecting a Burn Type In Nero Burning Rom
      Figure 1.3 – Selecting a Burn Type In Nero Burning Rom
    2. Locate the Make Data Disc link in the right pane and left click the link once.

      Adding Data To The Compilation

    3. From this next window, you are now ready to start adding data to your layout for recording to disc.

      Figure 1.4 - Adding New Data To The Nero Express Layout
      Figure 1.4 – Adding New Data To The Nero Express Layout
    4. Now it is time for you to select some files to copy to CD. Left click the Add button to add files to the compilation.The following instructions are alternative ways that you can add files to a compilation.

      Option One: Click the  button to select the files you would like to burn. A window will appear that looks very similar to Windows Explorer and from here, you are able to choose the files you would like to record and save on disc. Once you have selected your file(s), please click Add.

      Figure 1.5 - Adding Files and Folders to the Layout in Nero Burning Rom
      Figure 1.5 – Adding Files and Folders to the Layout in Nero Burning Rom

      Option Two: Add data using Windows Explorer – please go to the Start button in the corner of your screen and point your mouse cursor to All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer.

      When the Windows Explorer appears, you can drag the data you would like to record into the Nero Express layout.

      Option Three: Add data using My Computer – please click the  icon. From this window, you can drag and drop your files into the Nero Express layout.

    5. When you have finished adding files to the compilation left click the Next button.

      Configuring Final Burn Settings

      Figure 1.6 - Configuring Burn Settings in Nero Express
      Figure 1.6 – Configuring Burn Settings in Nero Express
    6. The next step is to configure the Nero Burning ROM program to burn your data disc. On this screen there are a variety of options that you can select and configure. They are all described in the table below.
      Current Recorder This item specifies which recorder you will use to burn your data disc.
      Disc Name Enter a name for your disc in this area.
      Title (CD Text) This item applies only if you are burning a music cd.
      Artist (CD Text) This item applies only if you are burning a music cd.
      Language This item specifies a language and applies only if you are burning a music cd.
      Writing speed This option determines how fast Nero Burning ROM will write the CD. Select a lower speed if your having problems completing the burn.
      Number of copies This option instructs Nero Burning ROM to write multiple copies of the same cd. Enter a value in this box.

      You can specify additional options for the burn by left clicking the More button. The screen will change as reflected in the figure below.

      Figure 1.7 - Specifying Additional Burn Settings and CD Information in Nero Express
      Figure 1.7 – Specifying Additional Burn Settings and CD Information in Nero Express

      When the more button is clicked you will see the following options which are explained in the table below.

      Track-At-Once With this method, each track is individually written onto the disc. The write operation is briefly interrupted after each track. This means that a CD-R or CD-RW can be written on just like any standard disk.
      Disc-At-Once In this mode, all of the tracks are written in a single process onto the disc without the laser being switched off. This format is best for audio CD’s that will be played in home and car stereo equipment.
      Finalize Disc The disc will be closed and no additional data or audio can be written to the disc after finalizing it.
      Remove silence at end of *.cda tracks Each audio track when written will have a 2-second gap at the end. When checked, this silence is removed.
    7. When you have finished specifying options for the burn, you are ready to burn the data to blank media. Insert a blank DVD or CDR into your burner and left click the Burn button to complete the burn.
    8. Often it takes Nero about 20 minutes to burn a DVD, so grab a cup of coffee and just let the process complete. Once completed, Nero will inform you of the status and also let you know how the burn process is going along the way.

The additional toolbar buttons available at the bottom of this window are explained in the table below:

Figure 1.8 - Toolbar Available in the Nero Express Program
Figure 1.8 – Toolbar Available in the Nero Express Program

Configure

This item opens the preferences window where you can customize Nero settings.

Save Tracks

This item saves the audio tracks off a compact disc.

Erase Disc

This item erases a writable CD or CDRW disc.

Disc Info

This item provides specific information about the disc being used to burn.

Cover Designer

This item opens the Nero Cover Designer where you can design a cover for your newly burned cd.

Congratulations! You now know how to burn a blank CD / DVD with Nero Burning Rom OEM version.

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