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Differences Between Cd Dvd Media

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Even though both CD and DVD disks have the same

media size and shape, the things they have in

common ends there. There are many different

things between the two, such as what they hold

and how much they hold.

Data pits and lasers

A disc has microscopic grooves that will move

along in a spiral around the disc. CDs and

DVDs both have these grooves, with laser breams

applied to scan these very grooves.

As you may know, digital information is represented

in ones and zeroes. Inside of these discs, very

tiny reflective bumps known as lands and non

reflective holes known as pits, which can be

found beside the grooves, reflect both the ones

and the zeroes of digital information.

By reducing the wave length of the laser to 625mm

or more infrared light, DVD technology has

managed to write in smaller pits when compared

to the standard technology of CD. This will

allow for a greater amount of data per track

on the DVD. The minimum length allowed for a

pit in a single layer DVD-R is .4 micron, which

is obviously more than the .0834 micron that a

CD offers.

The tracks of a DVD are narrower as well, which

allows for more tracks per disc, which also

translates into more capacity than a CD. The

avaerage single layer DVD holds 4.5 GB of data,

while a CD holds a mere 700 MB.


As stated above, a DVD has smaller pits and the

lasers need to focus on them. This is actually

achieved by using a thinner plastic substrate

than in a CD, which means that the laser needs

to pass through a thinner layer, with less

depth to reach the pits. It's this reduction in

thickness that's responsible for the discs

that were only 0.6mm thickness - which is half

that of a CD.

Data access speed

DVDs will access data at a much faster rate than

a CD can. The average 32X CD-ROM drive reads

data at 4MB a second, while a 1X DVD drive reads

at 1.38MB a second. This is even faster than

an 8X CD drive.

Universal data format

The recording formats of CDs and DVDs are quite

different, as DVDs use UDF, or the Universal

Data Format. This format allows data, video,

audio, or even a combination of all three to

be stored in a single file structure. The

advantage to this is any file can be accessed

by any drive, computer, or even consumer video.

CDs on the other hand aren't compatible with

this format.

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Preparation Tips

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The master CD or DVD disk, is the one you will

provide to your CD or DVD vendor for either

replication or duplication of the media. Below,

you will find some tips designed to help you

create a high quality master disc:

1. Always use the highest quality media that you

can obtain, as all media isn't the same. Do

your research, take your time, then choose a

brand that will produce a high quality disc each

and every time you duplicate or replicate.

2. Avoid copying from a network source. If the

source files for your disk are on a network

drive, copy the files to your local disk before

you burn a disc. If you can't move the files

to your local drive, try using the copy to hard

drive first feature. When doing this, your

burning software will create a temporary image

file during the burning process. Once the

burning has been completed, the temporary file

will be deleted.

3. You should always avoid burning on a laptop

computer that is running on low battery power.

The fluctations that will occur in the available

battery power may cause you to have poor results

in your duplication.

4. Always make sure that you finalize your

disc. If you fail to finalize, the disc won't

play back. Finalizing will also help increase

the reading compability in other CD-ROM drives.

5. Never use the packet writing method to burn

a master disc. This method is very common with

burning drives that have re-writing capabilities.

This method will produce discs that can't be

read on many CD-ROM drives.

6. Avoid any type of impact or movement of the

drive during burning. Doing so can cause the

laser to skip or jump tracks, which will lead

to errors or a bad disc.

7. If available, use the "burn-proof" feature.

This feature will allow the drive to slow

down the burn speed in the event the computer

can't supply the data fast enough. Although

this can increase the burn time, the quality

of the disc will be much better.

8. You should avoid having multiple applications

open when burning, especially those that

access the Internet or a network. This can

hinder your computer's ability to supply data

to the burner drive at the necessary rate.

If you follow the above tips, you should

produce a master disc of excellent quality. A

master disc is something you'll want perfect,

which is why you shouldn't take any risks.

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Music Cd R And Data Cd R

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People who are new to computers and duplication, will

sometims confuse CD-R music media with CD-R data

media. While confusing them is easy to do, the

two are different indeed. Even if you have some

experience with computers, confusing them is very

easy to do.

As you may or may not know, there are differences

between music CD-R and data CD-R disks. The obvious

difference is, of course, the name. With one

named CD-R music and one named CD-R data, you

know there has to be some type of difference

between the two.

What's known is that there are indeed technical

differences in what is embedded in blank music

CDs when compared to blank data CDs. These

differences center upon bytes that are within

the sub channels of the blank music disks.

This doesn't affect the quality, as both audio

and data can be duplicated onto both music CD-R

disks and data CD-R disks. You can burn data onto

music CD-R, and music onto data CD-R media

without any problems. Keep in mind, whether or

not you get data on a music CD-R will depend

on what type of hardware you use to duplicate

the CD.

If you plan to use a PC to do all of your burning,

it won't matter. A PC doesn't differentiate

between music CD-R and data CD-R. PCs will see

a blank media CD and duplicate information on it

that pertains to the settings you have outlined

in the software you plan to use to burn the CD.

If you plan to use a seperate CD burner, it

may or may not let you burn data or music on

a generic blank or data CD-R. Some hardware

are funny like that, as they only want you to

use blank media with well known brand names

that they have approved of.

If you plan to do most of your CD duplication

on a computer, it really doesn't matter which

type of blank CD-R you use. They will both

work fine in most cases when you store either

music or data. When storing data, you have a

limit of 700 MB, while music will have a limit

of a little over an hour of tunes.

For your duplication needs, computers are the

ideal way to copy media. You can use equipment

outside of a computer and CD burner, although

you'll need to check the operations manual

and see what they recommend for media. If you

have a computer or access to one, it can do

wonders in the areas of music and data CD-R


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Copy Cds And Save Money

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Just a short while ago, the only people who had

access to CD duplication were professional musicians,

record company executives, and the higher end

recording studios. As technology increased and

became more affordable, private CD duplication

companies began to pop up all over the United States

and other major music centers throughout the country.

These days, CD duplication has never been more

accessible or more affordable. Most home computers

and laptops come with a CD-RW burner and software

that is very user friendly, making CD duplication

very convenient.

Even if you are new to computers, you'll find

CD duplication very easy to figure out. You don't

have to be a computer expert to use the CD-RW

burner or the software, as most of it is self

explanitory. All you need to do is give it a run

and see easy things actually are.

Those who are needing a large quantity of CDs

duplicated or simply wish to have a professional

company burn their CDs, there are several out there

that offer great rates, package deals, and quality

recordings. You can get as many as you want, with

quality that matches that of the master copy.

Most CD duplication companies offer packages that

will include inserts, tray cards, and even

packaging should you choose to take your duplicates

to retail sale.

You can also choose to have your graphic work

imprinted on the inserts or have the CD duplication

company design a totally new design for your very

product. If you are worried about the inventory,

barcodes can be imprinted on the CD case or the

sleeve by the same company.

For whatever duplication needs you may have, there

are companies out there that offer duplication or

you can do it yourself. Either way you choose,

you'll get the copies you need in no time at all.

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Cdr Brilliance

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Several years ago, CD-R media and CD burners were

never imagined. Computers were just reached the

GHz speed, with Pentium 1 just starting to reach

the horizons. Floppy disks were the ideal way to

store data, even though it took several of them to

store most types of information. Looking at things

today, you can see at a glance just how far technology

has come over the years.

These days, computers are in 2 out of 3 homes

across the world, with almost everyone owning one.

CD burners and CD-RW drives are just as popular,

with everyone realizing just how much money they

can save by burning their own disks and copying

their own media.

There are so many benefits to CD duplication and

CD-R disks that it's mind boggling. If you've

never owned a CD-RW drive or dealt with CD-R media,

you'd be amazed with everything you can do. CD

media helps to simply life as we know it and make

things easier than ever before.

The theory of CD-R duplication is priceless. Writers,

those that are self employed, musicians, small

businesses, hobbyists, and even fortune 500

companies can all benefit from the brilliance

behind CD-R technology. Not only to do they

save you quite a bit of time, but they are

also very affordable while providing you many

different services.

CD-R media is used to store files and important

security documentation. The media disks are

widely used in the computer field to conveniently

backup software and data on disc. Musicians

as well choose to use CD-R duplication as an

affordable marketing and promotion tool to get

their music out to those who want it.

Even the corporate world as well, uses CD-Rs as

a cost effective way of mass producing training

videos and as an aid in converting to the

ideal paperless office. You can also use CD-Rs

as a business card, as they are smaller than

a credit card and store all of your memorable

business card information.

With everything they offer you, CD media is

truly something you can't live without. The

disks are small and easy to store, yet they

will hold an impressive amount of information.

For all of your audio, storage, or backup needs,

rest assured that CD-R media can help you meet

your demands. The disks will last a lifetime,

making them perfect for special memories. If

you have the need for storage or saving data

and pictures, CD media is the way to go to

ensure that your precious files will be there

each and every time you need them.

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Tips For Cd Duplication Side Business

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The process of CD duplication has arrived in a very

big way. Teenagers these days are using their CD

burners to rip MP3s from their favorite artists and

bands. Companies choose to use CD duplication to

make backups of their software and important


Federal agencies on the other hand, are scrambling

to define and interpret intellectual piracy and

copyright laws as they relate to CD duplication and

the industry of music as a whole. The movie industry

is also seeking how they can profit from using CD

duplication. With so much attention being focused

on CD duplication, now is the ideal time to turn

your home CD duplication hardware into a very

profitable side business.

Believe it or not, you may already have everything

you need to get your CD duplication process going

in the right direction. All you need to get your

business started is a computer, CD burner, CD

duplication software, and a few blank CD-R disks.

Contrary to what you may think, its that easy to

get going.

If you don't have a computer or a CD burner, you

really shouldn't worry, as purchasing a CD duplication

device is actually very affordable. The cost of

stand alone CD duplication software has reduced

quite a bit over the years.

Almost all home computers come with internal CD

duplication hardware (CD burners) and some sort

of duplication software as well. CD duplication

media, such as blank CD-R and CD-RW are very

low in price and can be purchased at almost all

retail stores.

The market for your CD duplication service or

company is going to local bands and musicians as

well as small businesses. Local up and coming

bands are often too busy perfecting their sound

to deal with the tedious and time consuming task

of duplicating CDs for their gigs. They also lack

the money to order CDs from the big time CD

duplication companies as well.

The smaller businesses are pretty much the same, as

they are almost always unable to financially

justify having a technical or computer staff to

handle the backup and data storage aspects of their

company. Many times, they will end up forgoing

needed data backups simply because they forget all

about it.

You can however, solve these common gaps, provide

needed service, and earn some nice side money by

starting your own duplication service that caters

to these types of clients. By offering a reasonable

price, fast rate of delivery, and a quality product,

you'll get many repeat customers and a side

business that will keep busy for as long as you

want it.

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Quality At A Cheap Price

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There has never been a better time than now to have

your audio book, music project, computer data, or

CD-R business card duplicated. Unlike the days gone

by, these processes are cheaper than ever before -

even for those on a budget.

Over the last several years, the costs of blank CDs

have dropped quite a bit. The retail chains such

as Office Max, Staples, and Best Buy run specials

on blank CDs where you can purchase a 50 CD-R spindle

for under $20. You can even find similar deals

on Froogle, such as a 50 pack spindle of blank CD-R

disks for less than $12.

Those interested in CD duplication at home, will find

that many of the newer computers come packages with

a CD burner included at prices under $500. If you

already own a computer and want to add an internal

CD burner, several retailers have brands for under

$50. You can also purchase an external CD burner

for all your needs for under $100.

Making cheap duplications of CDs even more affordable

are the powerhouses such as DiscMakers, Oasis,

and CDman, all of whom specialize in duplicating

large quantities of CDs at low prices. Not only

do these powerhouses offer superior quality at

a great price, but they also give great deals

on graphics, CD inserts, and jewel cases as well.

With cheap prices, you can get everything you need

at a price you can't argue with. If you've

copied CDs in the past, you can quit paying high

costs and save yourself a ton of money. Those

who offer CD duplication at a cheap price are

great at what they do - saving you a ton of money

for your CD duplication needs.

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Storing Your Cds

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There are many different storage alternatives for

your CD collection. The factors for storage include

how many CDs you own and how long you plan to keep


Below, you will find several alternatives for

storing your CDs:

1. CD jewel cases

You have probably owned these before, as they are

the most common. They can hold your CD cover art and

are very easy to line up on a shelf. Keep in mind

that they do break rather easily and they take up

quite a bit of space.

2. Plastic CD sleeves

Plastic sleeves are cheap and thin, so they are

easy to afford and easy on shelf space. Since they

are so thin, they obviously don't offer a lot in

terms of protection. For long term storage, they

generally aren't recommended.

3. Paper sleeves

For short term storage needs, paper is very cheap

and doesn't use much space. Simliar to plastic

sleeves, paper is thin and doesn't offer very

much protection.

4. Paperboard sleeves

Paperboard sleeves are much thicker than paper so

they will protect your discs. They are also

inexpensive, although they can be hard to seal.

5. Tyvek CD sleeves

Tyvek sleeves are cheap and they don't take up

a lot of space. For long term storage, Tyvek is

normally recommended.

6. CD-ROM disc cases

These types of cases can hold a lot of CDs in a

small space and they may even help to keep out

dust. They do however, make reading labels a bit

hard, they keep CDs out of site, and they will

take up a lot of space.

7. CD spindles

Spindles are cheap and they hold several hundred

CDs in a small stack. Sorting through them is

hard if you need one specific disk, which makes

it something that isn't normally recommended.

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Essentials Of Cdr

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The simple rule of thumb is that whatever you have

stored as a file on any other storage medium can

also be stored as a file on a CD-ROM. To the

recorder, a file is a file, and an ISO doesn't

care whether or not the file contains pictures, text,

or even audio sound.

There are a few special cases, as to where you

would want to record a file to a CD in a special

type of format. The most obvious here is CD-DA

audio. If you wanted to record an audio file to

a CD so that you could play it back on your home

stereo, you would need to write a CD-DA (or Digital

Audio) disk.

When you copy data to a CD, you need to ensure that

your data doesn't exceed the capacity of the CD

that you will be recording to. Due to the audio

requirements of CDs, the amount of information a

CD can hold is measured in minutes/seconds/sectors.

Each second can contain 75 sectors, each of which

are capable of holding 2,048 bytes of Mode 1 user


By using the CD Size command in the edit menu, you

can set the capacity of the set you wish to

produce, which will help you to prevent exceeding

it. The status bar will show you how much space

you have used, how much remains free, and the

percentage of each one.

Even though this may sound a bit confusing at

first, keep in mind that it may take some time if

you are new to computers. Even though copying a

CD is quite easy, knowing the limits and how things

work is a bit more complex. Give it some time,

and you'll be copying files to CD like the pros

do it.

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