How to write files and folders to the CD/DVD/Blu-ray disk?

Follow these steps to burn files and folders to the Data CD/DVD/Blu-ray disk:

Step 1:

Specify files and folders to be burned.

  • Click Add File Add File button toolbar button to add a single file, or several files (multi-selection supported) to a collection using the standard Open File dialog.
  • Click Add Folder toolbar button,Add Folder button or press Insert key, to add a single folder to a collection using the standard Browse for Folder dialog.
  • Choose Create New Folder menu item from drop down menu of Add Folder toolbar button, to create a new folder within a tree.
  • Use context menu over File Tree area to execute the same commands.
  • You can also Drag and Drop files and folders to the File Tree area from the Windows Explorer.

Step 2:

Choose a Target, or burning device and Transport: SPTI, SPTD or ASPI.

  • SPTI — This transport is preferable for NT-based systems (NT4/2000/XP/Vista). It can´t be used for Windows 9x (95/98/ME) systems. Under Vista allows to burn user without Administrator´s rights. XP and earlier systems — Administrator´s rights required.
  • SPTD — This transport is preferable for NT-based systems (NT4/2000/XP/Vista). It can't be used for Windows 9x (95/98/ME) systems. Requires special drivers to be installed and machine reboot is needed. If drivers installed properly — allows any local user to burn (without Administrator's rights). Look into Active@ Data Burner installation folder for files SPTDinst-v162-x64.exe and SPTDinst-v162-x86.exe to install SPTD drivers on x64 & x86 plathform respectively.
  • ASPI — Intended for Windows 9x systems (98/ME). For others still supported in compatibility mode, but requires winaspi32.dll in the application directory.

Step 3:

In Options - specify burning preferences:

  • Disc Label — by default it is a current date.
  • File System — select either UDF (Universal Disk Format) or ISO9660+Joliet
  • Speed — select one of available speeds supported by burner and media combination. Auto-Select — by default.
  • Erase Media — for Read-Write (RW) media type — erases it first before burning starts
  • Burn in Test mode — simulates burning process, but laser is turned off
  • Verify Data — after burning is complete — verify how data has been written, check for reading errors
  • Eject Media — after burning is complete — eject CD/DVD/Blu-ray

Step 4:

Insert a blank CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc into the CD/DVD/Blue-ray disc drive and click the Burn Data button.

Step 5:

See the progress. To cancel data burning you can click the Cancel button.


How to automation of burning data to CD/DVD-ROM/Blu-ray?



Software accepts command line parameters to automate burning process:

  • /ADD=FOLDERPATH - adds a folder to the list of items to be burned. FOLDERPATH parameter is a full path (i.e. "C:\Program Files\My Folder\") to the target item to be burned. Must be in quotes if contains spaces.
  • /FILE=FULLPATH - loads a tree from a collection being saved previously. If item exists in collection, but not on disk, it just being ignored. FULLPATH parameter is a full path (i.e. "C:\Program Files\My Folder\My Collection.cdb") to the saved collection. Must be in quotes if contains spaces.
  • /ERASE - erases RW media before burning starts. Ignored if media not RW.
  • /VERIFY - file tree verification after burn process has completed.
  • /EJECT - ejects media after burning.
  • /TITLE - sets a label for a disc to be burned.
  • /BURN - process of burning data CD/DVD starts automatically right after program launch. If some command line parameters not specified explicitly, last used parameters will be loaded for the command execution.
  • /EXIT-IF-OK - if command is successfully completed, program auto-exits. If errors detected - you will see error messages on the dialog (no auto-exit).
  • /FS=[0-CDFS, 1-UDF] — specifies which file system to use. Zero sets ISO9660, One sets UDF.

Note: You cannot use parameters /ADD and /FILE all together.

Example. To burn Data CD/DVD automatically from command line and exit the program after successful burning, run:

C:\> BurnDataCD.exe /ADD="C:\Temp\My Folder" /VERIFY /EJECT /BURN /EXIT-IF-OK

This command adds a content of folder "C:\Temp\My Folder" (with all its content - recursively) to the list of items to be burned, starts burning immediately after loading, verifies data when burning is complete, ejects media, and exists if no errors detected.