I am setting up my pc from a recent demise [Sucked the life out of my teeny power supply and lost everything on my hdd] So of course the terms 'back up and restore' have a whole new sentimentality to me now. I am looking for suggestions on preferred software to use, sites to check out for knowledgeable unbiased information, how to's etc. regarding CD-R and RW and DVD, recording, both for video and their use for data recording as well. Far too many diff types of DVD's [-R,+R -/+R and what the heck is a DVD-RAM dble sided disc ?]
Other than my WinMedia player[v9] and the Office 2003 Pro[SP2] I haven't started to re install my lost applications as of yet. Still fine tuning my security/antivirus/antispyware O/S updates fixes etc. Thought I would try some thoughtful dilligence this time. Always meant to before but you know how it can go, but I don't want to find myself doing this again in the near future unless it is because I find myself with some new seriously upgraded hardware. [Santa? r u listening?]
I have used and have available to me -
IOMEGA Hot Burn Pro,
HP CD-Writer Plus [came with the burner],
Nero [Express and Burning Rom several versions ranging from 5.5 thru 6.?? I'll get back with the specific version numbers when I next return]
WMPlayer v 10.5, and of course the XPburn to cd. also have some past exposure / experience with the Roxio and Adaptec software , IN-CD . Easy-CD, and Have, but have not used, as I don't have a DVD burner as of yet -
DVD X-Copy Xpress v2.5.5.
Even tho I can't burn DVD's at this time, my sister can and does with regularity and calls upon me for directional guidance. [scarry as that sounds to me] She has been surprisingly successful with the help of her son, but he has a life now [18yrs] and time is not always there for them to sit down and continue the tutorials so she calls on me, and I am flying blind beyond the common sense stuff in this area and we are long distance on the phone so I need to find some place to read more...etc] but that will follow later. She does copy DVD movies and purchased Audio CDs for archives, of course.
So what I am looking for is suggestions from the GTG guys and anyone interested in sharing, re burning software, what is your favorite or least favorite, etc.
I use my burner alot, in the past for data storage - sharing, music, photos, etc. I now want to learn about using the CD-RWs succesfully for the data and photo stuff because I am getting far too many little cds of duplicate stuff. and am tired of never being sure if I can throw that cd away or not, All part of trying to be more organized etc.
Also want to learn about the use of the DVD for the same purpose -
My sister does alot with photo media, has a toshiba satallite laptop w a 60G hdd running XPMedia Center. I looked thru it over the Thanksgiving weekend get together and read about data storage/backup specific to the needs of persons with a lot of photos and video data.
It referred to using something I had never heard of and they were very specific,
it said " using a DVD-RAM double sided disc" huh? suggested getting the 5.? gig size for storage neeeds.
Never even heard of this one, and I looked at a few places the other day and couldn't find anything like it in the stores but I hadn't gone to anything other than places that sold the usual types of discs and equipment.
I will be starting to re install the other apps I want back on my system in a few days - just in case it matters I have alot of the Adobe Products- Photoshop, Elements, Illustrator, Image and other web dev tools. macromedia mx, dreamweaver mx fireworks flash freehand etc - Primarily working with the photoshop stuff but wanting to branch out if I ever get the time. Here are the specs on what I am working with incase anyone needed to know.
Thanks in advance for anyone wanting to share their ideas and opinions - ynape
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Gateway 4000678
933 megahertz Intel Pentium III
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Intel Corporation WL810E AAA27218-206
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. WL81020A.15A.0007.P06.0010031249 10/03/2000
Drives Memory Modules c,d
81.95 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
76.05 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
HP CD-Writer+ 9100 [CD-ROM drive]