Can you put something in a cd permanently without a burner?

@lady1993 (16213)
Philippines
May 9, 2012 5:43am CST
I am planning to put important files in the cd, for a project.. but i am not sure if i still need a burner for this thing. I don't have any burner since i did not download one and when i looked for one nothing was free.
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@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
9 May 12
From my experience, if you can copy the data on to the CD and able to retrive and read for once, it can remain for ever (depending on the quality standards of the CD). But make sure that once you copied it is reading from the CD.
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@lady1993 (16213)
• Philippines
12 May 12
I was not able to d that though, the computer said the burning was unsuccessful so i just downloaded a burner and it did the job. I wanted to add music but i won't burn with it.
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
9 May 12
Also you can check on a different pc to confirm it is got copied and reading.
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@owlwings (38400)
• Cambridge, England
9 May 12
If your CD/DVD drive is capable of writing as well as reading disks, then you can use it to store files on a CD. It is this that is called a 'burner'. Windows itself should contain the very basic necessary software to do write files to CD and your drive will normally have come with a software package (often Roxio or Nero) which will also do this. It is necessary to understand something of the basics of writing files to CD and to realise that a CD write session has to be 'closed' in the proper manner once it has written the files, otherwise it will not be readable. Unless you are using CD/RW media, you cannot store anything more on a CD once the session has been closed and you cannot modify or erase files once they are stored on CD. There are numerous free CD writing applications available but none are really as good or as easy to use as Roxio or Nero.
@lady1993 (16213)
• Philippines
12 May 12
I don't think it is capable of writing on cds since i tried but then it had an error. I tried downloading Nero again but then it is really huge file, so i had to stop downloading it.
@owlwings (38400)
• Cambridge, England
12 May 12
Look on the front of the CD drawer. It should have a logo or the letters 'RW' or something similar on it if it can write CDs. Some (cheaper) PCs only have a CD/DVD drive which can read CDs (and DVDs). They can often also play a music CD (but usually cannot play a video DVD ... only read a DVD containing data. You can check further by looking for the make and model number of the CD drive. This may be listed in the manual that came with the PC, you may be able to see in by looking at the Properties of the drive in My Computer or you may (as a last resort) have to open the case of the PC and look for the label on the drive itself. Sometimes the model number will have a "W" in the code (which generally means that it can write) but searching the Internet for that specific make and model will usually tell you what type it is and what it is capable of. Unless you are sure that your CD/DVD drive can specifically WRITE CDs, you are out of luck. You will need to buy a CD/DVD drive which can do this. If you have a spare slot in your PC case, it is cheaper to buy a unit which can be fitted (perhaps as a second drive) internally. Otherwise you can either replace the drive you have or buy an external drive which connects via USB.
• Philippines
9 May 12
I thought the burner was a hardware. My boyfriend once told me that you can burn CD without a burner just download the right software. He told me there are many fee softwares available over the internet. Or you can just buy them in CD stores. They just cost less than P100.
@lady1993 (16213)
• Philippines
12 May 12
Isn't a burner a software? Yeah, the softwares in the internet are free but they just do the basic stuff, one needs to buy the software t get ahold of better features.
@besweet (7238)
• Greece
9 May 12
Hello! I am not so good with this kind of computer programs, but I wanted to write a cd with photos once and I did it by simply copying and pasting the photos inside without using a burning program. I could open the cd and see the photos inside from my coputer, but when I gave it to my friend to open it from her computer, the cd was empty. Then I realised that the burning program was necessary, I don't know if there is any other way..
@lady1993 (16213)
• Philippines
12 May 12
Oh, i kind of realized that too- so i just downloaded this small burning program.. Windows should just have a burning program installed already in the computer.