The standard size of a normal blank writable CD is 700 MB. This equals about 80 minutes worth of audio. What not many people realise is that you can purchase special high-capacity CDs that hold 800 MB of data, or about 90 minutes worth of audio. Writing information to these discs is essentially the same process as writing to a normal CD with a few subtle differences.
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Things you need
- An 800 MB blank CD
Make sure your computer's CD burner is updated with the latest firmware and drivers. These are pieces of software that make sure your burner is up to date and can use the latest technologies. As 800 MB CDs are not the standard and are newer than the standard 700 MB CDs, your drive may not be able to work with them unless it is updated. Go to the website of your CD drive's manufacturer, search for the model number of your drive, and check the "Downloads" page for any updates.
Place the 800 MB CD in the tray of your computer's CD writer drive. Make sure the data side of the disc is facing down. Close the drive's tray.
Double-click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop. This will bring up a list of drives associated with your computer, including your CD writer and the disc you just placed inside it. Double-click on the icon for the CD writer to open a folder that represents your writer. On a computer running the Mac operating system, an icon for the CD will appear on your desktop once you put it in your computer's drive. Simply double click on it to open.
Drag files and folders from your computer into the folder that you've opened that represents your 800MB CD. This will let your writer know that these files are "to be burnt" to the disc. Continue to fill your disc until the status indicator at the bottom of the folder comes as close to 800MB as you can possibly get.
Right-click on the icon for your writer in "My Computer." On a Mac computer, simply right click on the icon for the CD on your desktop. Select the option that reads "Burn to Disc" and the files you've selected will be burnt to your 800 MB CD. When the burning process is completed the disc will automatically be ejected from the drive.
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