Don't-Miss Optical drive Stories

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How to archive files so they'll stay around for years

Daisky wants to store files in a way that will make them available to future generations

-ROM, -R, +R, +RW? Understanding the optical drive alphabet soup

Nick248 asked the Answer Line forum about optical drives. I figured it was time to go ver the various types of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, and the drives that read and write to them.

Will DVD Drives Still be Around in a Few Decades?

Philip Peters asked if we will have drives that can read DVDs in ten, 20, or 50 years?

Back Up a Bootable CD or DVD

A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum for the best way to turn a bootable optical disc, like a CD or DVD, into a file that you could burn back into a bootable disc.

Burn Photos to a DVD

Xingyichen asked the Windows forum about burning photos to a DVD


How to Create and Mount an ISO Disc Image

Need to copy a CD or DVD to a disc-image file? Here's how to create an ISO in Windows.

Repair a CD or DVD

Spiderowych has a high school graduation DVD that no longer plays properly. He asked the Answer Line forum for help.

Sharing Lots of Photos

Alice McVey asked me to suggest a way to send hundreds of photos and videos to a friend


What Do You Do With an Infected CD, DVD, or Flash Drive?

Cyberknight asked the Antivirus & Security Software forum about safely handling infected external media

Online Bargains: How to Use Groupon and Its Competitors

Group-deal and flash-sale sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and Rue La La promise restaurant meals, brand-name goods, and great services at deep discounts. Here's how to use these sites to your advantage.


Best Media For Backups

Kenb asked the Desktops forum onto what type of media he should backup his files

Easy Ways to Preserve Your Holiday Photos

Make sure you never lose your photo collection due to a computer failure.


Boot From Your CD/DVD Drive

John Probert complained that he couldn't boot from a CD or DVD