PROTECT YOUR DATA
COPY YOUR DATA FILES TO A CD
If have WindowsXP and a CD burner, it's not hard to copy files from your PC to a CD. Like anything with computers there are several different ways to do the same thing.
Here is one method:
Click on START and then MY COMPUTER or MY DOCUMENTS
Find the files and/or folders that you want to copy on your hard drive.
Right click on the file or folder and select SEND TO > CD-RW Drive
(note: your CD Burner may be seen as CD-RW or DVD-CDRW or something similar).
Your PC will then start to prepare a copy of those files/folders.
You will then see a balloon message at the bottom right hand side of your screen saying:
"You have file waiting to be written to a CD...".
Once you click that balloon (not the X in the balloon) you should see a menu on the left side of your screen which includes: "Write these files to CD".
(Note: if you don't see the "CD Writing tasks" on the right, click the "Folders" button on top).
Place a writable CD-RW disc into your PC's CD-RW drive.
Then click the menu line: "Write these files to CD" and then follow the instructions you see on your screen.
Once complete, your CD should eject automatically.
Physically label the CD using a soft-tip permanment marker, like a Sharpie™ brand marker.
Although you can usually reused a CD more than once, it's easier just to use a new CD each time you copy files, since they usually cost less than 25¢ each.
Remember, a CD will hold up to 700MB (megabytes) of data. If the files or folders you want to copy are larger than that you will have to copy some files files or folders onto separate CDs individually. Or if you have a DVD burner, you can copy them to a DVD, which holds up to 4-8 GB (gigabytes) or data, or roughly 5-10 times as much as a CD.