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  1.    28 Nov 2016 #1
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    Using Windows 10 File Explorer to burn dvds


    I've been working with Poser for some time now. I'd like to save some of what I've created, as well as content I've downloaded (legally) that's either free or I've even paid for. If I were to burn that content off using RW discs, does File Explorer "finalize" the disc preventing me from adding additional material without over writing what I've burnt off?
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  2.    28 Nov 2016 #2
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    It might, should give you a choice to do it, but I've not done it with the RW discs, always use the R discs as I prefer the archival copy to prevent accidentally screwing them up.
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  3.    28 Nov 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayv2251 View Post
    I've been working with Poser for some time now. I'd like to save some of what I've created, as well as content I've downloaded (legally) that's either free or I've even paid for. If I were to burn that content off using RW discs, does File Explorer "finalize" the disc preventing me from adding additional material without over writing what I've burnt off?
    Would flash drives work instead of using dvds?
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  4.    28 Nov 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayv2251 View Post
    I've been working with Poser for some time now. I'd like to save some of what I've created, as well as content I've downloaded (legally) that's either free or I've even paid for. If I were to burn that content off using RW discs, does File Explorer "finalize" the disc preventing me from adding additional material without over writing what I've burnt off?
    It will not finalize the disc until you tell it to.
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  5.    29 Nov 2016 #5
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    majorgeeks.com has some better DVD burning tools that are lightweight.

    If you choose to finalize, yes the disc has been burned.
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  6.    29 Nov 2016 #6
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    Obviously, I'm familiar with finalizing. Does Windows "finish" mean the same thing though? You know how they kinda twist things. What 3rd party data burning software is recommended?
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  7.    29 Nov 2016 #7
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    If you plan on adding files over time, it's best to not use DVD discs, instead use a USB Flash Drive or HDD.
    If you want to burn Audio or Data CD's and DVD's try the free CD Burner XP software. If burning movie files that you would like to play in a standard DVD player, then use DVDFlick.
    CD-RW and DVD-RW discs are harder to work with because of the finalizing and RW disc can only be re-written so many times before they aren't usable any more.
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  8.    29 Nov 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayv2251 View Post
    Obviously, I'm familiar with finalizing. Does Windows "finish" mean the same thing though? You know how they kinda twist things. What 3rd party data burning software is recommended?
    Again if you burn from the built in burner, it can either screw the copy up, finalize it even if you choose to not to. A RW can be written on only finite times. They are not meant to be the replacement of a pocket drive. Also if these are for media for say a car stereo, Blue-Ray or DVD player. It may not playback properly.

    I would use a lightweight burner if not needing all of the extras. Especially with how much Microsoft has not done with a lot of their tools that are very dated at this point.
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  9.    29 Nov 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by spunk View Post
    If you plan on adding files over time, it's best to not use DVD discs, instead use a USB Flash Drive or HDD.
    If you want to burn Audio or Data CD's and DVD's try the free CD Burner XP software. If burning movie files that you would like to play in a standard DVD player, then use DVDFlick.
    CD-RW and DVD-RW discs are harder to work with because of the finalizing and RW disc can only be re-written so many times before they aren't usable any more.
    Tell me about it. 2TB pocket platter drives are selling for $55 these days. 64GB USB sticks are going for under $15. I keep a drawer full of 32GB sticks, because I am always loading them with tools or photos for people.
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  10.    29 Nov 2016 #10
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    Main purpose for what I wish to do. I've been toying around with the animation program Poser. I just upgraded to Poser 11. In a perfect world I'd set up a switch and add a few external drives and use them as my own cloud. There's latterly terra bytes of free content you can add to your animations that you can download. After adding that to what animations I've created, I'd want back-ups of back-ups just to feel safe.

    Having been "into" computers since the early 80's I think back to the time when a friend couldn't understand why I'd want a 20megabyte hard drive attached to my Commodore 64. And now we've there's inexpensive terabyte hard drives and solid state drives.

    Just curious, what's folks thoughts on using a quad layer blu-ray disks?
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