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RecordNow

User Guide
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
For Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
For Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
For Windows XP Home and Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Installation Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Removing RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Accessibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Navigation and Keyboard Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Keyboard Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Chapter 2. Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13


What Is a Music Disc? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
What Is a Data Disc? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
What Are the Different Types of Disc Media? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
How Much Information Can I Record onto a Single Disc? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
What Is an Optical Recorder? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
What Does Burning a Disc Mean? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
What Is Disc Layout? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Chapter 3. Using the RecordNow Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


Making an Exact Copy of a Disc with RecordNow Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Making a Data Disc with RecordNow Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Making a Music Disc from Audio Files with RecordNow Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Making a Music Disc from Other CDs with RecordNow Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Making a Disc for an MP3 Player with RecordNow Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Additional Features of RecordNow Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Using the Erase Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
CDDB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Chapter 4. Using RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


Recording with RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
The RecordNow Workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Creating a Disc-to-Disc Copy with RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Creating a Global-Image File with RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Creating a Data Disc with RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Creating an Audio Disc with RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
CD Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Adding CD Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Creating a Video CD with RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with RecordNow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Chapter 5. Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Recording Options... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Data Job Recording Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Audio Job Recording Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Disc Image Job Recording Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
RecordNow Options Dialog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
General Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
View Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Data Disc Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Audio Disc Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Temporary Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Blank Size Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

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Job/Round Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Advanced Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wizard Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Wizard Panel DVD options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
CDDB Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Chapter 6. Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
The File Finder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Disc Explorer and Drive Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Extracting Audio Files to WAV or MP3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Extracting Data Files to Create ISO Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Testing Data Extraction Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Testing Audio Extraction Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Combining Jobs into a Workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Running Concurrent Recording Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
The Activity Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Using DJ-Burn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Chapter 7. Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Recordings Fail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Cant Add Data Files to a Music Disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Unreadable Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Optical Drive Unavailable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Drive Error Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

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Introduction 1
RecordNow is the ideal disc-mastering software application for performing a wide range of
data and audio recording tasks. Recording enthusiasts of all levels of experience will
appreciate the ease of use and control RecordNow offers. Features such as the RecordNow
Wizard guide users through the basic recording functions in just a few simple steps. Some
of RecordNows advanced features include: simultaneous or sequential recording jobs,
detailed activity logs, customized drive settings, and the ability to save jobs for future use.
Other recording features include:
Audio mastering from WAV, MP3, or WMA files that are playable on your stereo,
CD-ROM drive (using a program such as Windows Media Player), or MP3 player.
Data disc creation for archiving and sharing.
Exact copies of your disc media retaining all disc layout information (i.e., a
Disc-at-Once disc remains Disc-at-Once, keeping the exact track and gap layout).
Global-Image files that can be stored on your hard drive and used to create copies at a
later time or sent across a network to your business colleagues.
Advanced job, workspace, and log features that allow you to open several jobs at once,
queue jobs to run sequentially, save groups of jobs as a workspace, and view a
detailed activity log so you can track exactly what is happening with your recordings.
RecordNow Wizard the easiest way to make data, audio, MP3 discs, or exact copies
of a disc.

System Requirements
The system requirements will vary depending on the operating system used and the
speed of the recorder. This section details the various requirements.

For Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0


Hard drive with at least 10 MB of free space for installation

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System Requirements

32 MB RAM, or more
CD or DVD drive capable of reading and writing to media
For 8x speed recorders, or slower :
- 133 MHz processor, or faster
- Bus-mastering EIDE controller
- DMA enabled on the hard drive
For 8x speed recorders, or higher:
- 300 MHz processor, or faster
- Bus-mastering EIDE controller
- DMA enabled on the hard drive

For Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium


Hard drive with at least 10 MB of free space for installation
64 MB RAM, or more
CD or DVD drive capable of reading and writing to media
For 8x speed recorders, or slower:
- 150 MHz processor, or faster
- Bus-mastering EIDE controller
- DMA enabled on the hard drive
For 8x speed recorders, or higher:
- 300 MHz or faster processor
- Bus-mastering EIDE controller
- DMA enabled on the hard drive

For Windows XP Home and Professional


Hard drive with at least 10 MB of free space for installation
128 MB RAM, or more (256MB or more for double-byte language systems)
CD or DVD drive capable of reading and writing to media
For 8x speed recorders, or slower:

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Installation Instructions

- 233 MHz processor, or faster


- Bus-mastering EIDE controller
- DMA enabled on the hard drive
For 8x speed recorders, or higher:
- 300 MHz or faster processor
- Bus-mastering EIDE controller
- DMA enabled on the hard drive

Installation Instructions
To install RecordNow:

1. Place the RecordNow Wizard disc into your CD-ROM drive.


If the Install Wizard does not appear, select Run... from the Windows Start menu.
Click Browse... and navigate to your CD-ROM drive. Select the Setup.exe file and
click Open. Click OK.

2. Follow the instructions on your screen to install RecordNow Wizard.

Removing RecordNow
To remove RecordNow:

Select RecordNow from the Add/Remove Programs option under the Control Panel.
Windows will remove all files associated with RecordNow from your computer. For
additional information on removing RecordNow, please see your Windows
documentation for removing programs from your computer.

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Accessibility

Accessibility
RecordNow has been designed with a commitment to accessibility. It is compatible with
Microsoft's accessibility utilities and many third-party assistance products. Keyboard
shortcuts are available for all major operations and menu items. In addition, all help
screens and documentation have been provided in HTML or PDF formats that can be read
by standard text readers.

Note Some graphic elements used in this program are not handled correctly by all
screen readers. Setting your screen reader to ignore graphics may improve
performance.

Navigation and Keyboard Shortcuts


Program functions and menu items can be accessed from the keyboard without using a
mouse. RecordNow follows standard Microsoft navigation techniques and keyboard
shortcuts.

Navigation
Screen navigation from the keyboard is typically achieved using the Tab key to move
from function to function, the arrow keys to select options within a function, and the
Enter key to activate your selection.
The current active area of the screen is enclosed with a rectangle formed by dotted lines.
Pressing the Tab key moves the rectangle to the next active area.

Tip Holding down the Shift key and pressing the Tab key reverses the tabbing order,
making it easy to return to the last active area of the screen.

Keyboard Shortcuts
Operations available from the program menus can also be accessed from the keyboard.
Routine functions such as opening a file, saving a file, and printing a file can be performed
using standard Microsoft keyboard shortcuts. For instance, Control+S saves your work in
most programs.
There are many more menu items that are unique to RecordNow. These can be reached
using the standard system of accelerator or hot keys.

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Accessibility

To open a menu from the keyboard:

1. Begin by noting that every menu item has a single letter underlined. The underlined
letter is the key to accessing most menu items. If the underlines are not visible, press
the Alt key.

2. Hold down the Alt key and press the letter on the keyboard that is underlined in the
menu item you wish to access. To open the File menu, for instance, you would press
Alt+F.

3. The menu is now open. It may have many options and perhaps several submenus.
The name of each option or submenu will have one underlined letter. Press the
corresponding letter on the keyboard to access the desired menu item.

4. When the desired menu item is reached, press Enter.


If the menu closes before you have a chance to make your final selection, you will
have to repeat the process from the beginning.

Tip Not all menu items in all programs have accelerator key access. You can also choose
secondary menu items by opening the main menu and pressing the Up or Down
arrow key until the desired item is highlighted. Press Enter to activate your choice,
or the Right arrow key to open the next submenu.

The following table lists some of the keyboard shortcuts frequently used with RecordNow:

Frequently used keyboard shortcuts

To do this ... Press these keys ...

Open Help F1

Duplicate a mouse click Use the Tab and arrow keys to reach the desired function
or menu item then press Enter.

Duplicate a right-click of the mouse Use the Tab and arrow keys to reach the desired program
function or menu item then press Shift + F10.

Open the Start menu Windows logo key

Open Windows Explorer Windows logo key + E

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Accessibility

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Frequently Asked Questions 2
This section contains commonly asked questions regarding the recording process and the
media used for recording. It may be helpful to become familiar with some of these
concepts before you continue, as you may encounter them while using this software
application.

What Is a Music Disc?


A music disc is a compact disc (CD) that is readable on any CD player. RecordNow can
make music discs from the most common audio formatsWAV or MP3 or Windows
Media TM formatted (i.e., .wma)or directly from another disc. Here are some interesting
facts about music discs:
Music discs can be played on your home or car stereo as well as any computer
equipped with a CD-ROM and using a program such as Windows Media Player.

Note Some DVD players cannot read CD-R media and some CD players cannot read
CD-RW media.

Most music discs can typically hold up to 74 minutes of music and up to 99 tracks,
although with some CD media, these numbers may vary.
Music discs created with RecordNow Wizard are closed session CDs. This means that
once the recording is complete, no more information can be written to that disc. This
prevents accidentally overwriting the music on your disc.

What Is a Data Disc?


A data disc (CD or DVD) is used to store electronic data, such as the files and applications
that reside on your computers hard drive. Unlike music discs, data discs are used to store
files that are readable only by a computer, and cannot be played on your home or car
stereoeven if audio files are on the disc.

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What Are the Different Types of Disc Media?

Because of its portability, a data disc is useful for sharing your personal or
business-critical data files, such as: multi-media presentations, graphics, reports,
spreadsheet and word-processing files.
You can append information to a rewritable data disc created with RecordNow. RecordNow
offers you the choice of appending or erasing and rewriting your disc.

What Are the Different Types of Disc Media?


There are many different types of disc media. Which one you use depends on the
hardware you have available and how you are using the information on the disc. The
following table compares the different types of disc media.

Media Types

Function CD-R CD-RW DVD Recordable DVD Rewritable

Can be written to only once Yes No Yes No

Can be written to repeatedly No Yes No Yes

Can be read by any CD-ROM, Yes No No No


CD-R, CD-RW drive, or any home
or car stereo

Can be read by most DVD players No Yes Yes Yes

Can be read by most DVD-ROM Yes Yes Yes Yes


drives

How Much Information Can I Record onto a Single Disc?


Because the technologies used to create compact discs (CDs) and digital versatile discs
(DVDs) are different, the amount of information you can store on a given type of media
varies dramatically.
CD-R and CD-RW media are most commonly available in 650 MB data / 74 minute audio
capacities, though some brands of CD media are 80 minute capacities. DVD media can
hold up to 4.7 GB of information.

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What Is an Optical Recorder?

What Is an Optical Recorder?


An optical recorder is a hardware device that uses a laser to optically write information to
disc media (either CD or DVD). There are distinct types of recorders, however, and you
should be aware of the differences. The following table describes some of these
differences.

Device type Function

CD rewritable recorder Can read or write to either CD-R or CD-RW media.

DVD recorder Can read and write to CD-R, CD-RW, and appropriate DVD
media.

What Does Burning a Disc Mean?


Burning is an industry term used to describe the recording of information to a disc media.
Optical recording involves using a laser beam to place information onto the media, thus
the term burning.

What Is Disc Layout?


Disc layout is the physical arrangement of information recorded onto your disc. For
example, when creating a music disc, RecordNow allows you to customize the sequence, or
order, of your tracks.

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What Is Disc Layout?

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Using the RecordNow Wizard 3
The RecordNow Wizard is the easiest way to record to your media. The Wizard offers a
simple method to create data, music and MP3 discs, or to create exact copies of a disc
retaining all of the sources disc layout properties. Once you have decided on the type of
recording you want to perform, the RecordNow Wizard guides you through the necessary
steps to complete your recording.
Use RecordNow, not the RecordNow Wizard if you plan to use features such as simultaneous
recordings, DJ Burn, Video CDs, mixed mode CDs and bootable CDs. For more
information, see Recording with RecordNow on page 34.
When you launch RecordNow, the RecordNow Wizard may automatically become the active
window while the full-featured RecordNow program appears in the background. You
can use either application to perform your recording jobs, however; you must close the
RecordNow Wizard to begin using RecordNow.
You can customize the settings so that the RecordNow Wizard does not open automatically
when you open the RecordNow program.

To hide the RecordNow Wizard when the application begins:

1. From the Tools menu, select Options.

2. Select General from the panel list on the left.

3. Remove the check mark beside the Show the Wizard when the application begins
option.

4. Click OK.

To open the RecordNow Wizard from the full-featured application

Click RecordNow Wizard from the File menu or click the Wizard button on the
Toolbar.

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Making an Exact Copy of a Disc with RecordNow Wizard

Tip The Options dialog box available from the Tools menu also features a Wizard panel
that allows you to customize the RecordNow Wizard. To learn more about these
options, see Wizard Panel on page 68.

Making an Exact Copy of a Disc with RecordNow Wizard


The Exact Copy feature makes a duplicate of your master disc, transferring the disc layout
of the original disc to your CD-R, CD-RW, or DVD media. For example, a Disc-at-Once
source disc will copy as a Disc-at-Once, retaining the track and gap layout of the original
disc.

Note Some CDs and DVDs are created with copy-protection features and cannot be
copied.

To make an exact copy of a disc:

1. Click Make an Exact Copy from the Main Menu.

Making an exact copy of a disc.

RecordNow Wizard automatically opens your disc drive.

2. Insert the disc you wish to make a copy of into the drive tray.

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Making a Data Disc with RecordNow Wizard

Note If you wish to use a different disc drive to read your disc, click Change.

3. Click Next.
RecordNow Wizard will read the contents of your disc.

4. Insert a blank disc into your recorder and click Next.


RecordNow Wizard will create a copy of your master disc and inform you when the
process is complete.

5. If you wish to make another copy of the master disc at this time, remove the newly
recorded disc from your recorder and replace it with a blank, rewritable disc then
click Make Another.

6. Click Done when you are finished recording. Remove the discs from your drives and
store them in a safe place.

Making a Data Disc with RecordNow Wizard


Use the Data Disc recording feature to record data from your hard disk to either a CD or
DVD.

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Making a Data Disc with RecordNow Wizard

To create a data disc:

1. Click Make a Data Disc from the Main Menu.

Making a data disc.

RecordNow Wizard automatically opens your recorder drive.

2. Insert a blank or appendable disc into your recorder.

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Making a Data Disc with RecordNow Wizard

Caution If you wish to use a different disc drive to read your disc, click
Change.Problems can occur when adding a file 4GB or larger to a disc that
already contains data. Always start with a blank DVD disc when copying files 4
GB or larger.

Selecting files to copy to your disc.

3. Select the files you wish to copy to your disc by one of the following methods:
- Click Add Files or Folders, highlight the files you want to copy, then click the
Add button.
- Drag and drop files or folders directly from Windows Explorer to the RecordNow
Wizard screen.
If you wish to remove any files from your list of files to record, highlight the file then
click Remove. Removing files from your copy job will not remove these files from
your hard drive.
If you would like to add a volume label to your disc, single click twice on the Volume
Label text next to the disc icon in the Create a new Data Disc window, then type a
new label for your disc.

4. Once you have selected the files to record, click Next. RecordNow Wizard begins
recording data to your disc.

5. If you want another copy of your file list, remove the newly recorded disc, insert
another blank or appendable disc into your recorder, then click Make Another.

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Making a Music Disc from Audio Files with RecordNow Wizard

6. Click Done when you are finished recording. Remove the discs from your drives and
store them in a safe place.

Making a Music Disc from Audio Files with RecordNow


Wizard
RecordNow Wizard easily creates custom music discs from the WAV, MP3, and WMA files
on your hard drive. Plus, the CDDB feature can automatically tag your files with such
track information as artist, album, and genre to help you sort through your collection.

To make a music disc from audio files:

1. Click Make a Music Disc from the Main Menu.

Making a Music Disc.

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Making a Music Disc from Audio Files with RecordNow Wizard

2. Click Make a Music Disc from Audio Files from the Main Menu.

Making a Music Disc from Audio Files.

RecordNow Wizard automatically opens your recorder drive.

Note If you wish to use a different disc drive to read your disc, click Change.

3. Insert a blank disc, then click Next.

4. Click Scan for Music to have RecordNow Wizard automatically search your hard drive
for valid music files.

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Making a Music Disc from Audio Files with RecordNow Wizard

5. When RecordNow Wizard has located all of the valid music files on your system, you
can sort your music tracks by selecting a category from the View drop-down menu in
the Music on System section.

Sorting your music tracks.

6. Select the tracks you want to add to your music disc using one of the following
methods:
- Select the tracks you want from the Music on System window and click the Add
button.
- Click the Browse... button, navigate to the tracks you wish to record, select them,
then click the Add button.
- Drag-and-drop tracks from the Music on System window on the left to the
playlist window on the right.
- Drag-and-drop tracks directly from Windows Explorer onto the RecordNow
Wizard playlist window.

Note Clicking Remove deletes the highlighted track from your list but does not affect
any files on your hard drive.

7. Arrange the order of the tracks in your playlist window by either:


- Selecting a track then using the green up or down arrows
or
- Selecting a track and dragging it to the new position.

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Making a Music Disc from Other CDs with RecordNow Wizard

Tip You can rename any track in the playlist window by selecting the track and clicking
once on the track name (or pressing F2). You will then be able to type a new name. If
your CD recorder supports CD text, your tracks will show the new names.

8. Click Next to begin recording your tracks.

9. Once the disc has been created, if you would like to make another disc with the same
track list, replace the newly recorded CD with a blank disc then click Make Another.

10. Click Done when you are finished recording. Remove the discs from your drives and
store them in a safe place.

Making a Music Disc from Other CDs with RecordNow


Wizard
RecordNow Wizard can record tracks from various CDs in your collection to a single disc.
This is ideal for creating Best Of CDs.

To make a music disc from existing CDs:

1. Click Make a Music Disc from the Main Menu.

Making a Music Disc.

2. Click Make a Music Disc from other CDs.

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Making a Music Disc from Other CDs with RecordNow Wizard

RecordNow Wizard automatically opens your recorder drive.

Making a Music Disc from other CDs.

3. Insert the CD you wish to copy songs from then click Next.

Note If you wish to use a different disc drive to read your disc, click Change.

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Making a Music Disc from Other CDs with RecordNow Wizard

4. Add the tracks you would like to copy to the disc by selecting them from the Music
CD Tracks window on the left, then clicking Add.

Arranging your music tracks.

The selected tracks appear in the playlist window on the right.

5. Click Next CD to add tracks from other CDs.


RecordNow Wizard prepares your tracks and then prompts you to insert another CD.

6. Insert the next CD you wish to copy tracks from.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 until all the tracks you wish to copy are displayed in the playlist
window on the right.

8. Arrange the order of the tracks in your playlist window by either:


- Selecting a track then using the green up or down arrows
or
- Selecting a track and dragging it to the new position.

Tip You can rename any track in the playlist window by selecting the track, clicking
once on the track name (or pressing F2), then typing the new name. If your CD
recorder supports CD text, your tracks will show the new names.

9. Click the Finish button.

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Making a Disc for an MP3 Player with RecordNow Wizard

RecordNow Wizard prepares your track list and then prompts you to insert a blank
disc.

10. Insert a blank disc and click Next.


RecordNow Wizard records your tracks to your blank disc.

11. If you would like to make another CD with the same track list remove the newly
recorded CD, replace it with a blank disc, then click Make Another.

12. Click Done when you are finished recording. Remove the discs from your drives and
store them in a safe place.

Making a Disc for an MP3 Player with RecordNow Wizard


RecordNow Wizard can create a disc of your MP3 files that you can play on your MP3
player.

To make a music disc for an MP3 player:

1. Click Make a Music Disc from the Main Menu.

Making a Music Disc.

2. Click Make a Disc for an MP3 player.

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Making a Disc for an MP3 Player with RecordNow Wizard

RecordNow Wizard automatically opens your recorder drive.

Making a Music Disc for an MP3 Player.

Note If you wish to use a different disc drive to read your disc, click Change.

3. Insert a blank disc, then click Next.

4. Click Scan for Music to have RecordNow Wizard automatically search your hard drive
for valid music files.

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Making a Disc for an MP3 Player with RecordNow Wizard

5. When RecordNow Wizard has located all of the valid music files on your system, you
can sort your music tracks by selecting a category from the View drop-down menu, in
the Music on System section.

Sorting your music tracks.

6. Select the tracks you want to add to your music disc using one of the following
methods:
- Select the tracks you want from the Music on System window and click the Add
button.
- Click the Browse... button, navigate to the tracks you wish to record, select them,
then click the Add button.
- Drag-and-drop tracks from the Music on System window on the left to the
playlist window on the right.
- Drag-and-drop tracks directly from Windows Explorer onto the RecordNow
Wizard playlist window.

Note Clicking Remove deletes the highlighted track from your list but does not affect
any files on your hard drive.

7. Arrange the order of the tracks in your playlist window by either:


- Highlighting a track then using the green up or down arrows
or
- Highlighting a track and dragging it to the new position.

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Additional Features of RecordNow Wizard

8. Click Next to begin recording your tracks.

9. Once the disc has been created, if you would like to make another disc with the same
track list, replace the newly recorded CD with a blank disc then click Make Another.

10. Click Done when you are finished recording. Remove the discs from your drives and
store them in a safe place.

Additional Features of RecordNow Wizard


Though the RecordNow Wizard is the easiest way to complete your disc recordings, you can
still control many aspects of how it handles your recording jobs.

Using the Erase Button


The Erase button on the main RecordNow Wizard screen provides an easy way to
completely remove all data from an erasable disc. Keep in mind that once a disc is erased,
the data that was on it cannot be recovered. You may wish to review the contents of your
discs before erasing them.

To erase a disc:

Insert an erasable disc into your recorder drive, and press the Erase button. If the disc
cannot be erased, it will be automatically ejected and a message asking you to insert
another disc will be displayed on your computer screen.

CDDB
RecordNow Wizards CDDB feature gathers artist, album and genre information about your
audio files. This can be helpful in sorting through your WAV, MP3, or WMA file collection
for your favorite songs or artists.
If RecordNow Wizard is configured to use CDDB, whenever RecordNow Wizard finds a new
or changed file, it will attempt to connect to CDDB via the Internet, to download
information relevant to your new music file(s). RecordNow Wizard then uses this
information to sort your collection by artist, album, or genre.
Since this database is constantly growing, every time you access CDDB, your files are
updated with the latest information for that track.

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Additional Features of RecordNow Wizard

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Using RecordNow 4
RecordNow offers a variety of advanced recording features that allow you total control
over your recording jobs. Like the RecordNow Wizard, you can use the full-featured
RecordNow application to create data, audio, and MP3 discs, and exact copies of discs.
However, RecordNow also lets you create video, mixed-mode, and CD Extra discs. You will
also find a wide variety of tools to help you get maximum performance out of your
recorder drive.
When you launch RecordNow, the RecordNow Wizard may automatically become the active
window while the full-featured RecordNow program appears in the background. You
can use either application to perform your recording jobs, however; you must close the
RecordNow Wizard to begin using RecordNow.
You can customize the settings so that the RecordNow Wizard does not open automatically
when you open the RecordNow program.

To hide the RecordNow Wizard when the application begins:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Click General from the panel list on the left.

3. Remove the check mark beside the Show the Wizard when the application begins
option, then click OK.

Tip To open the RecordNow Wizard from the full-featured application, click the Wizard
button on the toolbar.

The following topics are included in this section:


Creating a Disc-to-Disc Copy with RecordNow on page 35
Creating a Global-Image File with RecordNow on page 37
Creating a Data Disc with RecordNow on page 40
Creating an Audio Disc with RecordNow on page 42
Creating a Video CD with RecordNow on page 45

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Recording with RecordNow

Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with RecordNow on page 47

Recording with RecordNow


This section provides step-by-step instructions on performing all of the recording
functions using RecordNow. For basic recording needs, you may wish to use the RecordNow
Wizard, which provides some, but not all, of the advanced recording options that the main
application offers (see Using the RecordNow Wizard on page 17 for more information).
Use the main application, not the RecordNow Wizard if you plan to use features such as
simultaneous recordings, DJ Burn, Video CDs, mixed mode CDs and bootable CDs.

The RecordNow Workspace


RecordNows basic workspace consists of five panels:
Main menu A typical program menu that provides easy access to most of
RecordNows tools and options.
Toolbar A series of shortcut buttons that let you create and save recording jobs or
launch the RecordNow Wizard without having to access the Main Menu.
Drive Status panel Lists information about your CD and DVD drives. Arrows
indicate the drives currently selected to read and record data.
Job Setup panel The appearance of this panel changes depending on the type of
recording selected. This is where you will add files and folders, adjust recording
options, and start your recordings using the red Record button.

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Creating a Disc-to-Disc Copy with RecordNow

Job List panel The name and status of all current jobs are listed. Click on a job name
to display its Job Setup panel.

Main menu

Toolbar

Drive Status panel

Job Setup panel

Job List panel

Drag this divider right to reveal more details about


your drives and Job List.

This illustration shows the five panels that make up the RecordNow workspace. The Job Setup
panel changes depending on the type of recording selected. This is the Job Setup panel for a Data
Job.

Creating a Disc-to-Disc Copy with RecordNow


This section explains how to make an exact copy of a disc retaining all the file format and
disc layout information of the original disc. You can use either a CD-ROM or an unused
recorder drive for the master copy. If you do not want to copy directly, because a reliable
and fast reader drive is not available, or if you prefer to build an image file (complete with
disc geometry), please refer to Creating a Global-Image File with RecordNow on
page 37.

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Creating a Disc-to-Disc Copy with RecordNow

To create an exact copy of a disc:

1. From the File menu, point to New Job, then click Disc-to-Disc Copy or click Copy
from the toobar.
An untitled Disc-to-Disc Copy job appears in the Job Setup panel.

The Job Setup panel for a Disc-to-Disc Copy.

In the Drive Status panel, your read-only drive should automatically be set as a reader
(blue arrow pointing away from the icon) and your CD or DVD recorder should be set
as a recorder (red arrow pointing to it). To change these drive settings, select a drive
from the Drive Status panel, then click Select/Deselect as Reader from the Drive
menu.

2. Place the source disc to be copied into the reader drive.

3. Place a blank disc to be recorded into the recorder drive.

4. Select how many copies you would like to make of the source disc by typing the
number in the Copies text box.

5. Set the recorder speed by selecting an option from the Speed drop-down menu.
The default setting is Max, which uses the maximum speed your recorder will allow
for the current recording job.

6. Choose the type of recording operation you would like to perform, by selecting one of
the following options from the drop-down menu:

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Creating a Global-Image File with RecordNow

- Test only Performs only a test run, but does not record.
- Test and if OK, Record Performs a test run before actually recording, so that
you can troubleshoot any problems and not waste media. If no errors are found
during the test, RecordNow will begin recording your job.
- Record (default) Records without testing or verification.
- Test, Record and Verify First performs a test run, records, then verifies that
the contents of the disc is readable.
- Record and Verify Records, then verifies that the contents of the disc is
readable.
- Verify Only verifies that the contents of the disc will be readable once the
recording is complete.

Note Not all options are available for all drives or operating systems.

7. Select a verify option (i.e., verify every three rounds) from the drop-down menu.

8. Place a check mark beside the Make a temporary image on the hard disk first
option if you want RecordNow to create a temporary image of your disc on your hard
drive and use that as your reading drive.

9. From the File menu, click Save to save the settings for your recording job.

10. Click Record from the File menu or click the Record button .

Creating a Global-Image File with RecordNow


RecordNow can create a Global-Image file of a disc and store that file on your hard disk. You
can then copy that image directly from your hard drive to your disc media. This is useful
when you need to make several copies of the same disc but do not want to read from the
source drive every time, or if you want to use your recorder to both read and write to your
discs.
By having the image file stored on your hard drive, you free up the source disc for other
uses. You can also send the image file across a network so other people can record their
own copies.

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Creating a Global-Image File with RecordNow

To create a Global-Image file:

1. Insert the source disc into your reader drive.

2. From the Drive Status panel, select the drive containing your source disc. For
information on this panel, see The RecordNow Workspace on page 34.

3. From the Drive menu, click Disc Explorer and Drive Properties.
The Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box appears.

Viewing the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box.

For information on the various options available on this dialog box, see Disc
Explorer and Drive Properties on page 74.

4. Click the Global-Image button.

5. In the Global-Image text box, type the full pathname where you want the
Global-Image file to reside. Or, click the browse button beside the text box to navigate
to the desired destination.

6. Click Build.
The progress status bar will display the status of the Global-Image file creation. When
the operation is complete, RecordNow will inform you whether or not the operation
was successful.

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Creating a Global-Image File with RecordNow

To record an existing Global-Image file:

1. From the File menu, point to New Job, then click Global-Image or Other Image or
click the Image button in the toolbar.
A Global-Image job appears in the Job Setup panel.

Creating a Global-Image job.

2. Select the drive(s) you want to use to record your disc(s) from the Drive Status panel,
then click Select/Deselect as Recorder from the Drive menu. A red arrow next to
the drive indicates it is selected as a recording drive.

3. Type the full pathname of the image file you wish to copy into the Disc Image file text
box, or click the Add File button to navigate to the file.

Tip You can also use the File Finder feature to locate all the image files on your
computer. Click Add with File Finder from the Edit menu. For more information on
this option, see The File Finder on page 73.

4. Set the recording options in the job setup window:


- Number of copies
- Recorder speed
- Recording options (Test only, Test and Record, Record and Verify, etc.)
- Verify options (i.e. verify every three rounds)

Note Not all options are available for all drives or operating systems.

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Creating a Data Disc with RecordNow

5. From the File menu, click Save to save the settings for your recording job.

6. Click Record from the File menu or click the Record button .

Creating a Data Disc with RecordNow


RecordNow can create a disc from the data on your hard drive. Use this feature to archive
important files or transport data to other computers.
For information on some of the advanced data disc features, see Data Job Recording
Options on page 52.

To create a data disc using RecordNow:

1. From the File menu, point to New Job, then click Data Disc or click the Data button
on the toolbar.
An untitled data disc job appears in the Job Setup panel.

Creating a Data Disc job.

2. From the Edit menu, click Add Files and Folders... to navigate to the files or folders
you want to copy. Select the files or folders you would like to add to your data disc,
then click Add.

Tip You can also drag-and-drop files directly from My Computer or Windows Explorer
onto the Files and Folders list of your data recording job.

The files and folders are listed in the Job Setup panel. Along with the file and folder
names, your Data Job will also list the following information in the column headings:

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Creating a Data Disc with RecordNow

- Source Displays the path of the selected file or folder.


- Folders Displays the number of folders within the selected folder.
- Files Displays the number of files included within the selected object.
- Size on Disc Displays the amount of space each selected object will occupy on
the media.
Below the list box, RecordNow will also list a job summary, including the total amount
of space your data will occupy on the media.

3. If you would like to change the destination location of a file or folder in the Job Setup
panel, double-click the file or folder.
The Modify Destination on Disc dialog box appears.

Modifying the destination on the disc.

4. Change the settings within the Modify Destination on Disc dialog box if you would like
to specify an alternate directory structure on your data disc:
- Click the \ (root) button to record files or folders to the root directory of the
media.
- Click Partial Path to record files or folders to a shortened path, relative to the
original directory structure.
- Click Original Full Path to record files or folders with the same relative directory
structure as it exists on the hard drive.

5. Click OK.

6. You can modify the type of data disc you want to record, although the default settings
will satisfy most mastering needs. Select Recording Options from the Edit menu to
make all appropriate changes. See Data Job Recording Options on page 52 for more
information on this.

7. Select the drive(s) you want to use to record your disc(s) from the Drive Status panel,
then click Select/Deselect as Recorder from the Drive menu. A red arrow next to
the drive indicates it is selected as a recording drive.

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Creating an Audio Disc with RecordNow

8. Set the recording options in the Job Setup panel:


- Number of copies
- Recorder speed
- Recording options (Test only, Test and Record, Record and Verify, etc.)
- Verify options (i.e., verify every 3 rounds)
- Volume label (optional)
- Multi-session setting

9. Click Recording Options from the Edit menu if you would like to modify the default
settings for your data recording job. See Data Job Recording Options on page 52 for
information on modifying your recording options for creating a data disc.

10. From the File menu, click Save to save the settings for your recording job.

11. Click Record from the File menu or click the Record button .

Creating an Audio Disc with RecordNow


This section explains how to use RecordNow to create audio discs from the files located on
your hard drive. If you would like to create a disc playable on an MP3 player, see Making
a Disc for an MP3 Player with RecordNow Wizard on page 28 for instructions.

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Creating an Audio Disc with RecordNow

To create an audio disc using RecordNow:

1. From the File menu, point to New Job, then click Audio Disc.
An untitled audio job appears in the Job Setup panel.

Creating an Audio Disc Job.

2. From the File menu, click Add Audio Track, or click Add Track from CD if the track
you would like to record is currently on an audio CD.

Tip You can also drag-and-drop appropriately formatted audio files directly from My
Computer or Windows Explorer onto the Track - File list of your recording job.
(WAV and MP3 must be recorded as 16 bit stereo files using a 22 or 44.1KHz
sampling rate. WMA files must be recorded using a 44.1 KHz sampling rate.)

The files and folders are listed in the Job Setup panel. Along with the file and folder
names, your audio job will also list the following information in the column headings:
- Track/File name Displays the path and track name of the selected file.
- Type Displays the type of audio file selected for recording.
- Pre-gap Displays the amount of silence time between tracks.
- Start Displays the time at which the track on the disc will begin playing.
- Length Displays the length of time (minutes:seconds) the track will play for.
- ISRC Displays a unique code for the audio disc (International Standard
Recording Code).
Below the list box, RecordNow will also list a job summary, including the total amount
of space your data will occupy on the media.

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Creating an Audio Disc with RecordNow

3. Adjust the order of your playlist by selecting a track and using the up arrow button
( ).

4. Select the drive(s) you want to use to record your disc(s) from the Drive Status panel,
then click Select/Deselect as Recorder from the Drive menu. A red arrow next to
the drive indicates it is selected as a recording drive.

5. Set the recording options in the job setup window:


- Number of copies
- Recorder speed
- Recording options (Test only, Test and Record, Record and Verify, etc.)
- Verify options (i.e., verify every 3 rounds)

Note Not all options are available for all drives or operating systems.

6. Click Recording Options from the Edit menu if you would like to modify the default
settings for your audio recording job. See Audio Job Recording Options on page 54
for information on modifying your recording options for creating an audio disc.

7. From the File menu, click Save to save the settings for your recording job.

8. Click Record from the File menu or click the Record button .

CD Text
CD Text allows you to enter the names of songs, performers, and composers for each track
recorded in your Audio Disc Job.
During playback on a compatible player, this information will be displayed instead of the
usual Track 1, Track 2, etc.

Note To use CD Text, your CD recorder must support this function.

To find out if your drive supports CD Text:

1. Select Disc Explorer and Drive Properties from the Drive menu.

2. Choose a recorder drive from the drop-down list on the Disc Explorer and Drive
Properties dialog box.
If the recorder can write CD Text, the words CD Text read/write will appear in the top
section of the window.

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Creating a Video CD with RecordNow

Adding CD Text
Discs recorded with CD Text will only display CD Text information when played back in
players that display the CD Text logo. The audio will play on a non-CD Text player, but
the CD Text information will not be displayed.

To add CD Text:

1. Make sure your Audio Disc job is open and is the active window in the Job Setup
panel.

2. Click CD Text Information... from the Edit menu.

3. Select the disc or track you want to add CD Text to, then click the Edit button.

4. Type the disc or track information in the appropriate text boxes (Title and Performer
information is required).

5. If you want this information to be used for all the tracks, place a check mark beside
the appropriate boxes.

6. Click OK.

7. Repeat these steps, if necessary, for each track in the compilation.

Creating a Video CD with RecordNow


RecordNow can create a video disc from correctly formatted video files. These video discs
will be playable in your appropriate DVD or Video CD players.
A video DVD is made using a data disc job. Add your mastered video files and the
AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders to the data disc job and create as normal. See
Creating a Data Disc with RecordNow on page 40 for more information.

Note This feature may not be available in all versions of this product.

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Creating a Video CD with RecordNow

To create a video CD using RecordNow:

1. From the File menu, point to New Job, then click Video CD.
An untitled video job appears in the Job Setup panel.

Creating a Video CD Job.

2. From the File menu, click Add File, navigate to the file(s) you want to record, then
click Open.

Tip You can also drag-and-drop appropriately formatted video files directly from My
Computer or Windows Explorer onto the Track - File list of your recording job.
RecordNow supports NTSC or PAL MPEG files formatted to the Video CD
specification.

The files and folders are listed in the Job Setup panel. Along with the file and folder
names, your video job will also list the following information in the column headings:
- Track/File name Lists the path and track name of the selected file.
- Type Lists the type of audio file selected for recording.
- Duration Lists the length of time required to play the selected file.
- Size Lists the size of the selected file.
Below the list box, RecordNow will also list a job summary, including the total amount
of space your data will occupy on the media.

3. Adjust the order of your playlist by selecting a track and using the up and down
arrow buttons ( , ).

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Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with RecordNow

4. Select the drive(s) you want to use to record your disc(s) from the Drive Status panel,
then click Select/Deselect as Recorder from the Drive menu. A red arrow next to
the drive indicates it is selected as a recording drive.

5. Set the recording options in the job setup window:


- Number of copies
- Recorder speed
- Recording options (Test only, Test and Record, Record and Verify, etc.)
- Verify options (i.e. verify every 3 rounds)

Note Not all options are available for all drives or operating systems.

6. From the File menu, click Save to save the settings for your recording job.

7. Click Record from the File menu or click the Record button .

Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with RecordNow


RecordNow offers the ability to record both audio files and data files to the same disc. You
can create a mixed-mode disc which contains a data session followed by an audio session.
This type of disc is useful when you want to have a data disc that contains playable audio
filesa game with sound files, for example.
You can also create a CD Extra (also called Enhanced CD) which is a special audio disc
containing an audio session followed by a data session. This type of disc is useful when
you want a regular music disc that also contains data filesa video of the music artist, for
example. When you insert the disc on a consumer audio player it plays the audio tracks
without seeing the data in the second session. Or, if you put the disc on a computer, its
CD-ROM detects the second session and defaults there, reading the data as it normally
would.

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Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with RecordNow

To create a mixed-mode or CD Extra disc:

1. From the File menu, point to New Job, then click Mixed-mode or CD Extra.
An untitled mixed-mode or CD Extra job appears in the Job Setup panel.

Creating a Mixed-mode or CD Extra Job.

2. From the Type drop-down menu, select either Classic Mixed-mode or CD Extra.
The recording jobs setup changes accordingly. The data disc job section appears on
top when Mixed-mode is selected, and the audio disc job section appears on top
when CD Extra is selected.

Caution Although a mixed-mode disc will play on a consumer audio player, playing the
data track could damage your speakers. Create a CD Extra disc if you want to
play the disc on your home or car stereo.

3. Click Add File and Folders from the Edit menu to select the data items you would
like to record to your media.
The files and folders appear in the data disc job portion of the Mixed-mode or
CD-Extra recording job.

4. Click Add Audio Track... from the Edit menu to select the audio tracks you would
like to record to your media.

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Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with RecordNow

The audio tracks appear in the audio disc job portion of the Mixed-mode or CD-Extra
recording job.

Tip You can also drag-and-drop files directly from My Computer or Windows Explorer
onto the Audio Tracks or Files and Folders lists of your recording job.

Below the list box, RecordNow will also list a job summary, including the total amount
of space your data will occupy on the media.

5. Adjust the order of your audio tracks playlist in the audio disc job section by selecting
a track and using the up and down arrow buttons ( , ).

6. Select the drive(s) you want to use to record your disc(s) from the Drive Status panel,
then click Select/Deselect as Recorder from the Drive menu. A red arrow next to
the drive indicates it is selected as a recording drive.

7. Set the recording options in the job setup window:


- Number of copies
- Recorder speed
- Recording options (Test only, Test and Record, Record and Verify, etc.)
- Verify options (i.e. verify every 3 rounds)
- Volume label (optional)

Note Not all options are available for all drives or operating systems.

8. Make sure you have selected the correct disc type from the Type drop-down menu
*(i.e., Mixed-mode or CD Extra).

9. Click Recording Options from the Edit menu if you would like to modify the default
settings for your Mixed-mode or CD Extra recording job. See Data Job Recording
Options on page 52 for information on modifying your recording options for
creating a data disc.

10. From the File menu, click Save to save the settings for your recording job.

11. Click Record from the File menu or click the Record button .

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50 Using RecordNow
Options 5
RecordNow can be customized to meet your most demanding needs. This chapter
describes options that will help you work as efficiently as possible.
The settings for most program options can be found in one of two locations:
Select Recording Options... from the Edit menu to customize settings for data,
music, image, and mixed-mode jobs. For more information, see Recording
Options... on page 51.
or
Select Options... from the Tools menu to access a wide range of preference settings.
For more information, see RecordNow Options Dialog on page 56.

Recording Options...
Each type of recording job has options you can control by selecting Recording Options...
from the Edit menu. The default settings are usually fine for most recording jobs. In some
cases, RecordNow automatically selects the settings that are most appropriate for your
media, drive, or recording job.
If Recording Options... is selected while a data job is open, you will be presented with
options suitable for a data job. If Recording Options... is selected while an audio job is
open, you will be presented with options suitable for a audio job. If Recording Options...
is selected while a mixed-mode or CD Extra job is open, you will be able to choose either
data or audio options.

Tip Recording Options... can also be reached by clicking the Options button found on
most job setup panels.

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Recording Options...

Data Job Recording Options


To customize recording options for a data disc job:

1. Open a data disc, mixed-mode, or CD Extra recording job (see Creating a Data Disc
with RecordNow on page 40 or Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with
RecordNow on page 47 for information).

2. From the Edit menu, click Recording Options... . If necessary, select Data from the
submenu.
The Data Job Options dialog box appears.

The Data Job Options dialog box.

Select from the following options:


Pre-mastering Cache If the project is going to contain thousands of small files,
then it's a good idea to have a cache enabled. The default is to cache files smaller than
16KB. You can choose No Cache, Cache all files or Cache files smaller than..., in
which case you can determine what size files you will cache. Generally, if there are
going to be thousands of small files (under 1 kilobyte), set it to Cache all files smaller
than 1KB.
File Date and Time Displays the original date and time the files and folders in
your project were created, or sets all the dates and times to be the same.
When loading a track, if a file exists, substitute only if newer With this option
selected, RecordNow will replace an existing older file of the same name.

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Recording Options...

Recording Type RecordNow supports all major recording modes, but not all disc
recorders will support these options. The default is Track-at-Once (TAO), Not
Closed which creates a Multisession, appendable disc. If you wish to make a Single
Session Disc, select Disc-at-Once Closed or Track-at-Once Closed if your drive
does not support Disc-at-Once.
- Single Session means that the disc is recorded to just once and is then closed.
No additional files can be added after the disc is closed.
- Files can be added to Multisession discs until the disc is full. By default, the Load
last track option is selected in the Job Setup Panel, which means the disc is
appended so that all the sessions that have been recorded are seen as one
logical disc by Windows. When you view or explore a multisession disc that has
been appended, you will see all the files and folders that have been added to the
disc. You can choose the New Volume option if you only want the data recorded
in the most recent session.
Mode RecordNow can record in standard Mode1 or Mode2 XA. Mode1 is used in
almost every circumstance except advanced format discs such a CD Extra or Video
CD. Unless you're sure you want to make a Mode2 disc, its best to leave this setting
alone.
CD File System types The default setting is Microsoft Joliet. If you are going to
be making a disc that will be played back within Windows, you do not need to change
this setting.
- Microsoft Joliet has been used since Windows 95. This system can handle file
names up to 106 characters.
- Choose ISO Level 1 if you want to make a disc readable on a Macintosh
computer. Keep in mind that this won't make a Windows application run in a
Macintosh environment, but the files/folders will be readable.
- Use ISO Level 2 or ISO Level 2 Long only if you are familiar with these file
system types.
- UDF is the file system most commonly used for DVDs.
DVD File System types The default setting is UDF with Joliet. If you are going to
make a disc that will be played back within Windows, you do not need to change this
setting.
Publisher ID Type your name/company name, etc. in this text box (optional).
Data Preparer Type your name/company name, etc. in this text box (optional).
Application ID Type your Application ID, etc. in this text box (optional).
Bootable CD (CD Only) Allows you to create a bootable CD. (This option is only
available for data disc and mixed-mode CDs.)

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Recording Options...

- Choose Boot floppy to create a bootable CD from an existing boot image on a


floppy disk.
- Choose Boot image to locate the boot image files required to create a Bootable
CD. Choose Create Image... if you would like to first create the boot image files
on a floppy disk.

Note The bootable CD option must be supported in both the systems BIOS and the
drive into which the CD is inserted. For information on bootable CD support,
contact your BIOS manufacturer and drive vendor.

3. Click OK to save the current settings.

Audio Job Recording Options


To customize recording options for an audio disc or mixed-mode job:

1. Open an audio disc or mixed-mode job (see Creating an Audio Disc with
RecordNow on page 42 for information).

2. From the Edit menu, click Recording Options... . If necessary, select Audio from the
submenu.
The Audio Job Options dialog box appears.

The Audio Job Options dialog box.

Select from the following options:


Recording Type RecordNow supports all major recording modes, but not all CD
recorders will support these options. The default is Disc-at-Once (DAO), Closed.
UPC (Universal Product Code) Type the UPC, or bar code number for the disc you
are creating in the UPC text box.
- Pre-Emphasis Raises the recording level of higher audio frequencies as part of
a noise reduction technique.

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Recording Options...

Normalization This option sets the volume of tracks in an audio job to a consistent
level. The level is set by selecting the Enable Normalization checkbox and moving
the slider left or right. A setting of 90 percent, for example, sets the volume of all
tracks in the current recording to 90 percent of the loudest track. Normalization is
turned off by default.

3. Click OK to save the current settings.

Disc Image Job Recording Options


Recording Options are available for image types (ISO images, for example) that require
special formatting to be successfully recorded. These options are not needed to record
Global Images files, which contain all the required formatting information within the
image.

To customize recording options for an image disc job:

1. Open an image disc job (see Creating an Audio Disc with RecordNow on page 42
for information).

2. From the Edit menu, click Recording Options...


The Disck Image Options dialog box appears.

The Disc Image Options dialog box.

Note If Recording Options... is dimmed in the Edit menu, these options are not
available for the type of image file you are recording.

Select from the following options:


Recording Type The default is Disc-at-Once (DAO), Closed.
Mode RecordNow automatically selects the most appropriate mode for your image
file. If the recording fails, you may wish to select a different mode from the
drop-down menu.
Check for Post-Gap and add 150 zeroed blocks if needed A two-second gap is
required between some data files. RecordNow will automatically add this gap, if
necessary, when this option is selected.

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RecordNow Options Dialog

3. Click OK to save the current settings.

RecordNow Options Dialog


The RecordNow Options dialog allows you to customize program settings to help you work
as efficiently as possible.

To open the Options dialog box:

From the Tools menu, click Options.


The RecordNow options dialog box appears, containing the following panels:
General Panel on page 56
View Panel on page 58
Data Disc Panel on page 59
Audio Disc Panel on page 61
Temporary Panel on page 62
Blank Size Panel on page 63
Job/Round Panel on page 65
Advanced Panel on page 66
Wizard Panel on page 68
CDDB Panel on page 70

To display an option panel:

Select one of the panels listed on the left side of the Options dialog box.

General Panel
Use the General panel to tell RecordNow to use the same settings as your last recording
job, select Recorder and Reader options, and specify whether or not you would like the
RecordNow Wizard to appear when you start the application.

To open the General panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select General from the panel list on the left.

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The General panel appears.

The General Panel of the Options dialog.

Select from the following options:


Defaults Creating a New Job
- Remember settings from the last time you started a job Place a check mark
in this box to use the settings from your last recording job. Remove the check
mark to manually select the default settings for the following options:
- Maximum speed of the recorder
- Recording options (e.g., Test and Record, Record only, Test only, etc.)
- Verification frequency
- Always select similar Recorders and last selected Reader This setting is
helpful when using multiple recorders and readers.
- Re-select the last selected Recorder and Reader This option automatically
selects the recorder and reader used during the last recording job.
- Do not select any Recorder or Reader This option allows you to manually
select the recorder and reader you wish to use for your recording job.
Test reading speed before copying directly from a disc This option
automatically tests your recorder speed to help avoid buffer underrun errors.
Play sounds This option causes sounds to occur during various stages of the job
setup and recording process.

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Autorun shield (Disable Auto Insert Notification when this application is open)
This option prevents other applications from automatically launching when music
and video discs are placed in your recorder.
Show the Wizard when the application begins Place a check mark in this box to
open directly to the RecordNow Wizard on startup. Remove the check mark to open
directly to the full-featured application.

3. Click OK.

View Panel
Use the View panel to control the appearance of your recording jobs, dialogs, result
messages, and the text that appears on the RecordNow toolbar buttons. The View panel
also allows you to change the number of items that will be displayed in the Activity Log.

To open the View panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select View from the panel list on the left.


The View panel appears.

The View Panel of the Options dialog.

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Select from the following options:


Create the first job maximized Maximizes a new recording jobs window in the
Job Setup panel.
Show the Confirmation dialog before a job starts Displays a dialog before a job
starts, asking you to confirm that you would like to begin recording.
Show result message after a job ends Displays results of your recording job,
such as whether or not the recording job completed successfully, and any errors that
may have occurred.
Gridlines in the listviews Displays vertical and horizontal lines to separate items
in the Job Setup panel and Job Status panel.
Shows the logo when there are no jobs open Displays the RecordNow logo in the
Job Setup panel when no recording jobs are open.
Shows sectors in any disc dimension Displays sector information when viewing
the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog for an audio CD. The sectors appear in
parentheses under the Start and Length column headings.
Show text in toolbar Displays text for the buttons on the RecordNow toolbar.
Activity Log Sets the maximum number of entries that appear when you open the
Activity Log from the View menu.

3. Click OK.

Data Disc Panel


Use the Data Disc panel to change the settings for file and folder paths on the data disc,
and to specify how you would like RecordNow to handle certain files and folders.

To open the Data Disc panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select Data Disc from the panel list on the left.

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The Data Disc panel appears.

The Data Disc Panel of the Options dialog.

Select from the following options:


Adding Folders and Files
- Partial Path (relative to the current directory) Folders are recorded with a
shortened directory structure. Individual files are recorded without any directory
structure.
- Full Path (relative to the root of the hard drive) Files and folders are
recorded with the full directory structure that exists on the hard drive.
- Prompt (a dialog will open for every entry) Displays a dialog asking you to
select an option for the directory path you would like to record to the media.
Use New Volume as the default instead of Load Last Track By default, the Load
Last Track option is selected in the Job Setup panel, allowing Windows to read all the
files on a multisession disc. If you choose the New Volume option, Windows will only
be able to read data recorded during the most recent session.
Check if every file is readable before recording (recommended) Performs a test
read of each file before recording.
Stop the job if a file is not readable while recording Interrupts the recording job
if an unreadable file is discovered. If this option is not selected, unreadable files are
skipped.

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Recognize the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders per the DVD specification
Allows RecordNow to recognize DVD video content and creates a video DVD instead
of a data DVD.

3. Click OK.

Audio Disc Panel


Use the Audio Disc panel to specify how you would like RecordNow to handle pre-gaps
and product code information.

To open the Audio Disc panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select Audio Disc from the panel list on the left.


The Audio Disc panel appears.

The Audio Disc Panel of the Options dialog.

Select from the following options:


Pre-Gaps

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- Show pre-gaps in the Disc Explorer Displays the audio gaps between tracks
on the disc, when viewing the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties for an audio
CD.
- Calculate and copy pre-gaps when copying a disc or creating a
Global-Image Ensures your copy is identical to the master disc or
Global-Image file, including gap layout.
UPC and ISRC
- Show UPC and ISRC in the Disc Explorer Displays Universal Product Code
(UPC) and International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) information when
viewing the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties for an audio CD.
- Copy UPC and ISRC when copying a disc or creating a Global-Image
Ensures your disc is copied identically to the master disc or Global-Image file,
including UPC and ISRC information.

3. Click OK.

Temporary Panel
Use the Temporary panel to select the directory RecordNow uses when creating temporary
files or images.

To open the Temporary panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select Temporary from the panel list on the left.

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The Temporary panel appears.

The Temporary Panel of the Options Dialog.

3. Click the Browse button ( ) to change the directory in which RecordNow places
temporary files during certain types of recording jobs.
Or,
Type the preferred path for the temporary folder in the text box.
Or,
Click the Default button to restore the path to the default Temp folder used by your
Windows operating system.

4. Click OK.

Blank Size Panel


Use the Blank Size panel to set the default size of your blank recordable media. To ensure
the recording does not continue past the end of the disc when using mixed brands of
media, set the size of the smallest brand of media used.

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RecordNow Options Dialog

To open the Blank Size panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select Blank Size from the panel list on the left.


The Blank Size panel appears.

The Blank Size Panel of the Options dialog.

Select from the following options:


Use the exact dimension reported by the disc Uses the data reported by the disc
to determine whether the recording will fit on the disc.
Overburn for the following amount Overburn is a technique some CD recorder
manufacturers utilize to squeeze a bit more data onto a CD-R disc. RecordNow
implements this feature on supported recorders. Set the desired amount to be
overburned by typing the number into the Overburn (in sectors): textbox.
Use the following blank disc arbitrary dimension Allows you to input the
default size of your blank disc by typing the number into the Blank dimension (in
sectors): textbox. If you use several different types of disc, be sure to enter the
smallest disc size.

3. Click OK.

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Job/Round Panel
Use the Job/Round panel to set options relating to the use of multiple recording drives on
your system.

To open the Job/Round panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select Job/Round from the panel list on the left.


The Job/Round panel appears.

The Job/Round Panel of the Options dialog.

Select from the following options:


When computing the discs still to go, count only the good ones Performs a
count of the number of discs still to be recorded, when making multiple copies of a
recording.
Start of Round
- Manual (wait for the user to close the trays) Allows you to close the trays
manually, before recording.
- Automatically close the trays after (seconds) Closes the trays after a
specified amount of time, in seconds.
End of Round

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- Automatically pause at the end of each round Select this option if you
would like RecordNow to pause after each round of recording completes.
- Do not open any tray (mandatory pause) Select this option if you would
like to manually open trays when each round of recording is complete.
- Open all trays, regardless if the discs are good or bad Select this option
if you would like RecordNow to open all disc trays when each round of
recording is complete.
- Open the trays for good discs only Select this option if you would like
RecordNow to only open those trays that contain discs that were successfully
recorded.

3. Click OK.

Advanced Panel
Use the Advanced panel to set options that control the memory cache for recording jobs,
drive selections for simultaneous recording, and how RecordNow reports errors.

To open the Advanced panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select Advanced from the panel list on the left.

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The Advanced panel appears.

The Advanced Panel of the Options dialog.

Select from the following options:


Job Recording Memory Cache
- Number of buffers The default is 256 (9.4 MB). In most cases, you do not need
to change this setting. Increasing the buffers can help prevent underrun problems,
but only on computers with 512 MB or more of RAM. Drives with buffer
underrun technology do not benefit from changes to this setting.
Drive Error Report
- Complete Command (12 bytes) and Sense (14 bytes) Reports complete
error information.
- Only Command, Sense, ASC and ASCQ Reports minimal error information.
Drive Selection for Simultaneous Recording
- Mix any drive Uses any available drive for simltaneous recording (not
recommended).
- Same model Uses the same drive model.
- Same model and firmware version (recommended) Uses the same drive
model and firmware version.
When data does not read correctly while Copying or Extracting

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- Return the error When encountering a read error, an error will be reported,
and the job interrupted.
- Insert blank data or silence and continue Ignores read errors and continues
with the recording without reporting any issues.

3. Click OK.

Wizard Panel
Use the Wizard panel to control settings for the RecordNow Wizard (see Using the
RecordNow Wizard on page 17). These settings only affect the Wizard and will not affect
recordings made with the main RecordNow application.

To open the Wizard panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select Wizard from the panel list on the left.


The Wizard panel appears.

The Wizard Panel of the Options dialog.

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Select from the following options:


Limit the maximum recorder speed to Specifies a recording speed from the
drop-down menu. Use this option if your recorder speed is faster than the drive you
are using to read your source disc. If you experience errors during recording, try
reducing the maximum recorder speed.
Remind me to shut down my programs before a disc is created Displays a
reminder to close all other applications before beginning a recording session. This
includes any screen savers or anti-virus software that may be running during a
recording job.
Music Options
- Warn me if I cant create a full Music Disc Displays a warning if there is not
enough free space on your hard disk to stage the audio tracks. This option applies
when making a music disc from other CDs. RecordNow Wizard uses this hard disk
space to make a temporary copy of your tracks from your music CDs. If there is
not enough space on your hard disk, RecordNow Wizard will still allow you to
record to your disc, however; some of your tracks may not be recorded.
- Hide audio files shorter than (in seconds) Searches only for audio files that
are longer than the number of seconds you specify. This number can be between 1
and 999 seconds. This feature speeds up the search process by eliminating short
audio files, such as the ones you hear when Windows starts up or encounters a
program error.
Data Options
- Warn me when appending to a data disc Displays a warning when you add
data to a disc that already has information written to it.

3. Click OK.

Wizard Panel DVD options


Some users will notice that the Options panel list includes a DVD subpanel directly below
the Wizard panel. This only appears if you have a DVD recorder and use Windows NT,
Windows 2000, or Windows XP as your computers operating system.

To open the DVD panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select DVD from the panel list on the left.


The DVD panel appears.

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Select from the following options:


Write-Once DVD Compatibility: Before recording to a DVD-R or DVD+R disc, you
should consider whether you want the disc left open (appendable) or closed
(nonappendable) at the end of a recording session. Each time you use a new, blank
disc, you may change this setting. Once you have recorded to a disc, the setting for
that disc cannot be changed.
- To leave your disc open, choose the option that reads: I would like to use discs
for more than one recording. You will be able to record multiple times to a
single disc, but fewer drives will be able to read the disc. This is a good choice if
you expect to make many, small recordings on high-capacity DVD discs or dont
need to share your discs.
- To close your disc at the end of a recording, choose the option that reads: I only
need to use discs for one recording. You will only be able to record to the disc
once, but the disc will be compatible with a larger number of drives. This is a
good choice if you typically fill your discs during a single recording session or
need to use a disc on more than one computer.

CDDB Panel
Use the CDDB panel to specify how you would like the RecordNow Wizard to download
song information from the Internet. The CDDB feature gathers artist, album and genre
information about your audio files. This can be helpful in sorting through your MP3 or
WAV file collection for your favorite songs or artists.
Since this database is constantly growing, every time you access CDDB, your files are
updated with the latest information for that track.

Note When using the CDDB feature to download song information, no data from your
system will be shared or uploaded.

To open the CDDB panel:

1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

2. Select CDDB from the panel list on the left.

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The CDDB panel appears.

The CDDB Panel of the Options dialog.

Select from the following options:


Song Information Download
- Prompt before downloading information Use this option if you would like
the RecordNow Wizard to prompt you before accessing Gracenote/CDDB to
download song information.
- Always download information Use this option if you would like the
RecordNow Wizard to automatically access Gracenote/CDDB to download song
information.
- Never download information Use this option if you do not want the
RecordNow Wizard to access Gracenote/CDDB to download song information.
Proxy server
- Use a proxy server Select this option if you use a proxy server to access the
Internet. (Proxy servers are computers used to connect local networks to the
Internet.)
- Address Type the computer address of your proxy server.
- Port Type the port connection of your proxy server.
- My proxy server requires login Use this option if you would like RecordNow
Wizard to remember the login information (if any) of your proxy server.

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- Username Type the name you use to log on to your proxy server.
- Password Type the password you use to log on to your proxy server.

3. Click OK.

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Tools 6
This section describes some of the features and tools that give you the flexibility to
customize your recording jobs.

See the following topics for more information on a particular topic:


The File Finder on page 73
Disc Explorer and Drive Properties on page 74
Combining Jobs into a Workspace on page 78
Running Concurrent Recording Jobs on page 79
The Activity Log on page 79
Using DJ-Burn on page 80

The File Finder


Depending on the type of recording job you are creating, RecordNow can search your hard
drives for all the appropriate files for that job. For example, if you are creating an audio
disc, RecordNow will find all the properly formatted audio files on your computer.

To use the File Finder feature:

1. Open an audio, video, or Global-Image job (for information on opening a new


recording job, see Recording with RecordNow on page 34).

2. From the Edit menu, click Add with File Finder.


RecordNow automatically searches your computer for all appropriate files.

3. Select the files you want for your recording job, then click Select.
RecordNow adds the selected files to your recording job.

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Disc Explorer and Drive Properties

Disc Explorer and Drive Properties


The Disc Explorer and Drive Properties feature provides detailed information about a disc
and allows you to perform validity tests on the data stored on that disc. The Disc Explorer
and Drive Properties feature also displays drive information in detail and has many
functions that are essential for advanced mastering operations.
In addition to displaying disc and drive properties, the Disc Explorer and Drive
Properties dialog box allows you to build Global Images, extract audio tracks as WAV
files, test the audio and data extraction speed, perform a CD recorder self test, and
download song information from the Internet (CDDB).

To view disc information using the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box:

1. Insert a disc into your optical drive, then select that drive from the Drive Status panel.

2. From the Drive menu, click Disc Explorer and Drive Properties...
RecordNow analyzes the disc in the drive and displays the following disc and drive
information:
- Drive properties (displayed at the top of the screen)
- Visual diagram of the disc (for information on the disc diagram, click Disc
Representation Color Legend from the Help menu)
- CD text information (only available with CD text capable recorderssee your CD
recorders User Guide for more information).
- Disc, Sessions and Tracks list

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Note If the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties screen does not analyze your disc
automatically within a few seconds, click the Force Refresh button ( ). This
step can be avoided by placing a check mark beside the Auto Refresh option.

Viewing the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box.

Extracting Audio Files to WAV or MP3


Use the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box to extract audio information from
CDs to create WAV or MP3 audio files.

Note Not all versions of this product allow you to extract to MP3 format.

To extract audio files to WAV or MP3:

1. Insert the audio CD containing the track(s) you would like to extract into your
recorder drive.

2. From the Drive menu, click Extract Track(s)...


The Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box appears, displaying the audio
tracks on the CD.

Note If the correct disc information is not being displayed, you may need to select the
appropriate drive from the Drive drop-down menu.

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3. Select the track(s) you would like to extract.

Tip Select multiple tracks by holding down the <Ctrl> or <Shift> key on your
keyboard, then highlighting the files you would like to extract.

4. To download song information (i.e., artist, album and genre) for the selected tracks,
click CDDB.
If you are connected to the Internet, RecordNow will download available song
information and add it to the selected tracks.

5. Select a location on the hard drive where you would like to extract the files to, by
typing it into the Path text box (i.e., C:\My Documents\MP3).
Or,
Click the browse button to navigate to the desired location, then click OK.

6. Ensure the proper settings have been selected in the Reading Speed and Type
drop-down menus.

7. Click Extract to begin extracting your audio files.

Extracting Data Files to Create ISO Images


Use the Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box to extract data files from discs and
save that data as an image using the format known as ISO 9660. These images or data
snapshots can be shared later by recording them to a blank disc or transferring them
using a computer network or e-mail.

Global-Image or ISO 9660?


RecordNow lets you save image files in two formats, RecordNows proprietary format,
called Global-Image, and the more commonly used ISO 9660.
The Global-Image format does a better job preserving the disc formatting needed to
recreate individual data files, but can only be read by computers with RecordNow
installed. ISO 9660 images can be read by a wide range of computers, but offer less
flexibility. For instance, with an ISO image, its usually necessary to restore every file in
the order it was created on the original disc.
If you are creating images for use on computers with RecordNow installed, we
recommend using the Global-Image format. See Creating a Global-Image File with
RecordNow on page 37.

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To extract data files in the ISO 9660 format

1. Insert the disc containing the data you would like to extract into your recorder drive.

2. From the Drive menu, click Extract Track(s)...


The Disc Explorer and Drive Properties dialog box appears, displaying the audio
tracks on the disc.

Note If the correct disc information is not being displayed, you may need to select the
appropriate drive from the Drive drop-down menu.

3. Select the files you would like to extract.

4. Select a location on the hard drive where you would like to extract the files to, by
typing it into the Path text box (i.e., C:\My Documents\Image_Files).
Or,
Click the browse button to navigate to the desired location, then click OK.

5. Make a selection from the Reading Speed drop-down menu.

6. Click Extract to begin extracting your data files.

Testing Data Extraction Speed


With Disc Explorer and Drive Properties you can measure the data extraction speed of a
CD recorder or CD-ROM drive you have selected. You'll be able to find out the real
extraction speed of your source drive, which is helpful if you're having difficulty
performing the Disc-to-Disc Copy job.

To test data extraction speed:

1. Insert any data disc into the drive you want to test.

2. From the Drive menu, click Disc Explorer and Drive Properties...

3. Click the Data Extraction Speed Test button.


RecordNow tests the information on the disc and displays the extraction speed results
in a message box.

4. Click OK.

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Combining Jobs into a Workspace

Testing Audio Extraction Speed


With Disc Explorer and Drive Properties you can measure the audio extraction speed and
accuracy of a CD recorder or CD-ROM drive you have selected. You'll be able to find out
the real extraction speed and accuracy of your source drive, which is helpful if you're
having difficulty performing the Disc-to-Disc Copy job.

To test audio extraction speed:

1. Insert any audio disc into the drive you want to test.

2. From the Drive menu, click Disc Explorer and Drive Properties...

3. Click the Audio Extraction Speed Test button.


RecordNow tests the information on the disc and displays the extraction speed results
in a message box.

4. Click OK.

Combining Jobs into a Workspace


Since you can have many jobs open simultaneously, you may want to save a set of jobs as
a single unit. RecordNow accomplishes this by grouping individual jobs into a workspace.

Note This feature is not available in all versions of this product.

To save a group of jobs as a workspace:

1. Open the individual recording jobs you want to save as a workspace.

2. From the File menu, point to Save Workspace, then select a number to assign to
your workspace. If any of the individual jobs in the workspace have not been saved,
you will be asked to save them before the Workspace is created.

To open a saved workspace:

1. From the File menu, click Load Workspace.

2. Select the number of the workspace you wish to load into the Job Setup panel.
All of the jobs in the selected workspace open at once.

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Running Concurrent Recording Jobs

Running Concurrent Recording Jobs


If you have multiple optical drives attached to your system, you can run jobs
simultaneously. You can also queue jobs to run sequentially if only one recorder is
selected for multiple recording jobs. The number of jobs that may run at any one time is
dependent on what hardware is available and how the jobs are set up.

To queue multiple jobs for a single recorder:

1. Open the jobs you would like to record, ensuring that the same recorder device is
selected for the multiple recording jobs (if you have not yet created the jobs, see
Recording with RecordNow on page 34 for instructions on creating your recording
jobs).
The jobs appear in the Job Status panel in the order in which they will be recorded.

2. If you would like to change the current order of the jobs in the Job Status panel, select
the job that you want to change the priority on.

3. From the File menu, click either Move Up or Move Down to place the jobs in their
appropriate order.

To run jobs concurrently:

1. Open the recording jobs you would like to record.

2. Ensure that no jobs have the same recorder device selected, then record the jobs as
usual (see Recording with RecordNow on page 34 for instructions on creating your
recording jobs).

Tip For optimum performance, make sure that each concurrent recording job has at
least one dedicated SCSI host adapter.

The Activity Log


The activity log records all user actions and system responses during the recording process
and logs them by time of occurrence. This information can provide details of errors that
might not otherwise be available.

Note This feature is not available in all versions of this product.

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To use the activity log:

1. From the View menu, click Show log.


The Activity Log appears, displaying a list of the recent activity on all recording jobs.

Viewing the Activity Log.

2. If you wish to type a note into your log, click Add Note to Log... from the Edit menu.
A dialog box appears with space to type your note.

3. The log is automatically saved each time it is closed, but if you prefer to save the log to
a file, choose Save Log to File... from the File menu.

Note To remove all listed entries from the Activity Log, click Clear from the Edit menu.

Using DJ-Burn
DJ-Burn allows you to create an audio disc from different audio file sources: MP3, WAV,
WMA files, or from audio files on another audio CD. You can even record live, using a
microphone attached to your computer (sound card required).
DJ-Burn also allows you to add tracks over a period of time so that you do not have to
record all of the tracks in one recording session. The finished disc will be playable in your
computers CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive after the first track is recorded; although it will
not be playable in a consumer CD player until the disc is finalized.
Many consumer CD players cannot read CD-RW media, so it is recommended that you
use CD-R media when creating an audio disc.

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Using DJ-Burn

Note This feature is not available in all versions of this product.

To use DJ-Burn:

1. From the Tools menu, click DJ-Burn...


The DJ-Burn dialog box appears.

Viewing the DJ-Burn Dialog Box.

2. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into your recorder drive if you would like to
record some audio tracks now, and plan to record more tracks at a later time.
Or,
If you would like to add additional tracks to an unfinished audio disc, insert that disc
into your recorder drive.

3. Click the Browse button to locate the audio files you would like to record to your
disc, select the files you would like to record, then click Open to begin recording.
Or,
Click the Add with File Finder button to perform a search for valid audio files on
your hard drive, select the files you would like to record, then click Select to begin
recording.
RecordNow records the selected files to the disc then adds them to the playlist in the
DJ-Burn dialog box.

4. Click the Record Audio Tracks from Other CD button if you would like to record
audio tracks from an audio CD.
Or,

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Click the Record Live button if you would like to create your own audio file, using a
microphone attached to your computer (sound card required).
RecordNow records the selected files to the disc then adds them to the playlist in the
DJ-Burn dialog box.

5. Click the Finalize button if you are done recording and do not want to add any more
tracks to the disc.

Note Once a disc has been finalized, you can no longer add audio files to the disc.

6. Click Close when you are done recording with DJ-Burn.

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Troubleshooting 7
This chapter provides troubleshooting tips to help you solve the most common issues
when recording discs using RecordNow.

Related Topics:
Recordings Fail
Cant Add Data Files to a Music Disc
Unreadable Media
Optical Drive Unavailable
Drive Error Codes

Recordings Fail
Disc recording is a resource-sensitive process. Having other applications running while
recording to a disc can deprive your system of required resources and cause the recording
to fail.
Most of these errors can be avoided by following these steps:
Enable Direct Memory Access (DMA) on your system. See your operating systems
documentation for information on enabling DMA.
Close all other applications during the recording process. This includes any screen
savers and anti-virus software that may be running on your computer.
Reduce your maximum recorder speed.
Use your recorder to both read your source disc and to write to your blank disc.
RecordNow will create a temporary image of the source disc on your hard drive, which
may read faster than your computers read-only drive. See Creating a Global-Image
File with RecordNow on page 37 for information on this.
Avoid storing or recording files over a network connection.

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Cant Add Data Files to a Music Disc

Storing temporary files or copying files across a network connection can be slower
than using your computers hard drive. This delay can cause buffer underruns. Try
recording files from your local hard drive and avoid setting the location of temporary
files to a network drive. See Temporary Panel on page 62 for more information on
setting file locations.

Cant Add Data Files to a Music Disc


When a music disc is created it becomes a closed disc which means it cannot have any
more information added to it. However, if you create either a Mixed-Mode disc or a CD
Extra disc, you can create a disc with both audio and data tracks written to it.
See Creating a Mixed-Mode or CD Extra disc with RecordNow on page 47 for more
information on creating a disc with both audio and data tracks.

Unreadable Media
Your optical drive uses a laser beam to read the information on your disc. Fingerprints,
scratches, or any kind of dirt on your disc can cause the drive to misread your disc.
To avoid this, be sure your disc is clean by taking a clean cloth and wiping off any dirt or
fingerprints. Also be sure to take care when handling your disc to avoid touching the
shiny surface.

Optical Drive Unavailable


There are two basic types of optical drives: a read-only drive, and a recorder drive. Though
a recorder drive can be used to read read-only media, a read-only drive cannot be used to
record to media.
Check to make sure that your recording device is properly attached to your system and
that it is functional, then try your recording again.

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Drive Error Codes

Drive Error Codes


The following table includes a list of error codes that may help you resolve any problems
you have encountered with RecordNow. You may wish to consult this table if you intend to
contact Technical Support to resolve issues relating to this product. Doing so may facilitate
the support process, so that you may continue with your recording jobs as quickly as
possible.

Drive Error Codes

Sense ASC ASCQ Description

0 00 00 No Additional Sense Information

0 00 01 Filemark Detected

0 00 02 End-Of-Partition/Medium Detected

0 00 03 Setmark Detected

0 00 04 Beginning-Of-Partition/Medium
Detected

0 00 05 End-Of-Data Detected

0 00 11 Audio Play Operation In Progress


Audio Play

0 00 12 Audio Play Operation Paused Audio


Play

0 00 13 Audio Play Operation Successfully


Completed Audio Play

0 00 14 Audio Play Operation Stopped Due To


Error Audio Play

0 00 15 No Current Audio Status To Return


Audio Play

0 00 16 Operation In Progress

1 0B 00 Warning

1 0B 01 Warning - Specified Temperature


Exceeded

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1 0B 02 Warning - Enclosure Degraded

1 0C 0A Write Error - Padding Blocks Added

1 17 00 Recovered Data With No Error


Correction Applied

1 17 01 Recovered Data With Retries

1 17 02 Recovered Data With Positive Head


Offset

1 17 03 Recovered Data With Negative Head


Offset

1 17 04 Recovered Data With Retries And/Or


Circ Applied

1 17 05 Recovered Data Using Previous Sector


Id

1 17 06 Recovered Data Without Ecc - Data


Auto-Reallocated

1 17 07 Recovered Data Without Ecc -


Recommend Reassignment

1 17 08 Recovered Data Without Ecc -


Recommend Rewrite

1 17 09 Recovered Data Without Ecc - Data


Rewritten

1 18 00 Recovered Data With Error Correction


Applied

1 18 01 Recovered Data With Error Corr. &


Retries Applied

1 18 02 Recovered Data - Data


Auto-Reallocated

1 18 03 Recovered Data With Circ

1 18 04 Recovered Data With L-Ec

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1 18 05 Recovered Data - Recommend


Reassignment

1 18 06 Recovered Data - Recommend Rewrite

1 18 07 Recovered Data With Ecc - Data


Rewritten

1 18 08 Recovered Data With Linking

1 1E 00 Recovered Id With Ecc Correction

1 37 00 Rounded Parameter

1 5D 00 Failure Prediction Threshold Exceeded -


Predicted Logical Unit Failure

1 5D 01 Failure Prediction Threshold Exceeded -


Predicted Media Failure

1 5D FF Failure Prediction Threshold Exceeded


(False)

1 6A 00 Informational, Refer To Log

1 73 01 Power Calibration Area Almost Full

1 73 06 PROGRAM MEMORY AREA/PMA IS


(Almost) FULL

2 04 00 Logical Unit Not Ready, Cause Not


Reportable

2 04 01 Logical Unit Is In Process Of Becoming


Ready

2 04 02 Logical Unit Not Ready, Initializing


Cmd. Required

2 04 03 Logical Unit Not Ready, Manual


Intervention Required

2 04 04 Logical Unit Not Ready, Format In


Progress

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2 04 05 Logical Unit Not Ready, Rebuild In


Progress

2 04 06 Logical Unit Not Ready, Recalculation


In Progress

2 04 07 Logical Unit Not Ready, Operation In


Progress

2 04 08 Logical Unit Not Ready, Long Write In


Progress

2 05 00 Logical Unit Does Not Respond To


Selection

2 06 00 NO REFERENCE POSITION FOUND


(Medium May Be Upside Down)

2 30 00 Incompatible Medium Installed

2 30 01 Cannot Read Medium - Unknown


Format

2 30 02 Cannot Read Medium - Incompatible


Format

2 30 03 Cleaning Cartridge Installed

2 30 04 Cannot write medium unknown format

2 30 05 Cannot write medium incompatible


format

2 30 07 Cleaning Failure

2 35 02 Enclosure Services Unavailable

2 3A 00 Medium Not Present

2 3A 01 Medium Not Present - Tray Closed

2 3A 02 Medium Not Present - Tray Open

2 3E 00 Logical Unit Has Not Self-Configured


Yet

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2 53 00 Medium Load/Eject Failed

2 53 02 Medium Removal Prevented

2 57 00 Unable to recover TOC

2 68 00 Logical Unit Not Configured

3 00 14 Audio play op. Stopped due error


(Plextor)

3 02 00 No Seek Complete

3 02 80 Servo Seek Error (Plextor)

3 02 81 Servo Seek Error Sync error(Plextor)

3 02 82 Servo Seek Error Header error(Plextor)

3 02 83 Servo Seek Error Target not met


(Plextor)

3 03 00 Peripheral Device Write Fault

3 03 01 No Write Current

3 03 02 Excessive Write Errors

3 06 00 No reference position found

3 0C 00 Write Error

3 0C 01 Write Error - Recovered With Auto


Reallocation

3 0C 02 Write Error - Auto Reallocation Failed

3 0C 03 Write Error - Recommend


Reassignment

3 0C 04 Compression Check Miscompare Error

3 0C 05 Data Expansion Occurred During


Compression

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3 0C 06 Block Not Compressible

3 0C 07 Write Error - Recovery Needed

3 0C 08 Write Error - Recovery Failed

3 0C 09 Write Error - Loss Of Streaming

3 0C 0A Write Error - Padding blocks added

3 10 00 Id Crc Or Ecc Error

3 11 00 Unrecovered Read Error

3 11 01 Read Retries Exhausted

3 11 02 Error Too Long To Correct

3 11 03 Multiple Read Errors

3 11 04 Unrecovered Read Error - Auto


Reallocate Failed

3 11 05 L-Ec Uncorrectable Error

3 11 06 Circ Unrecovered Error

3 11 07 Re-Synchronization Error

3 11 08 Incomplete Block

3 11 09 No Gap Found

3 11 0A Miscorrected Error

3 11 0B Unrecovered Read Error - Recommend


Reassignment

3 11 0C Unrecovered Read Error - Recommend


Rewrite The Data

3 11 0D De-Compression Crc Error

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3 11 0E Cannot Decompress Using Declared


Algorithm

3 11 0F Error Reading Upc/Ean Number

3 11 10 Error Reading Isrc Number

3 12 00 Address Mark Not Found For Id Field

3 13 00 Address Mark Not Found For Data


Field

3 14 00 Recorded Entity Not Found

3 14 01 Record Not Found

3 14 02 Filemark Or Setmark Not Found

3 14 03 End-Of-Data Not Found

3 14 04 Block Sequence Error

3 14 05 Record Not Found - Recommend


Reassignment

3 14 06 Record Not Found - Data


Auto-Reallocated

3 15 00 Random Positioning Error

3 15 01 Mechanical Positioning Error

3 15 02 Positioning Error Detected By Read Of


Medium

3 16 00 Data Synchronization Mark Error

3 16 01 Data Sync Error - Data Rewritten

3 16 02 Data Sync Error - Recommend Rewrite

3 16 03 Data Sync Error - Data


Auto-Reallocated

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3 16 04 Data Sync Error - Recommend


Reassignment

3 19 00 Defect List Error

3 19 01 Defect List Not Available

3 19 02 Defect List Error In Primary List

3 19 03 Defect List Error In Grown List

3 1F 00 Partial Defect List Transfer

3 2D 00 Overwrite Error On Update In Place

3 30 00 Incompatible medium installed

3 31 00 Medium Format Corrupted

3 31 01 Format Command Failed Formattable

3 31 02 Zoned Formatting Failed Due To Spare


Linking Formattable

3 32 00 No Defect Spare Location Available

3 32 01 Defect List Update Failure

3 33 00 Tape Length Error

3 36 00 Ribbon, Ink, Or Toner Failure

3 3B 00 Sequential Positioning Error

3 3B 01 Tape Position Error At


Beginning-Of-Medium

3 3B 02 Tape Position Error At End-Of-Medium

3 3B 03 Tape Or Electronic Vertical Forms Unit


Not Ready

3 3B 06 Failed To Sense Top-Of-Form

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3 3B 07 Failed To Sense Bottom-Of-Form

3 3B 08 Reposition Error

3 3B 09 Read Past End Of Medium

3 3B 0A Read Past Beginning Of Medium

3 3B 0B Position Past End Of Medium

3 3B 0C Position Past Beginning Of Medium

3 51 00 Erase Failure

3 52 00 Cartridge Fault

3 57 00 Unable To Recover Table-Of-Contents

3 5C 02 Spindles Not Synchronized

3 61 00 Video Acquisition Error

3 61 01 Unable To Acquire Video

3 61 02 Out Of Focus

3 6C 00 Rebuild Failure Occurred

3 6D 00 Recalculate Failure Occurred

3 70 NN Decompression Exception Short


Algorithm Id Of Nn

3 71 00 Decompression Exception Long


Algorithm Id

3 72 00 Session Fixation Error

3 72 01 Session Fixation Error Writing Lead-in

3 72 02 Session Fixation Error Writing Lead-out

3 73 00 Cd Control Error

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3 73 02 Power Calibration Area Is Full

3 73 03 Power Calibration Area Error

3 73 04 Program Memory Area/Rma Update


Failure

3 73 05 Program Memory Area/Rma Is Full

4 00 17 Cleaning Requested

4 01 00 No Index/Sector Signal

4 05 00 Logical unit does not respond to


selection

4 08 00 Logical Unit Communication Failure

4 08 01 Logical Unit Communication Time-Out

4 08 02 Logical Unit Communication Parity


Error

4 08 03 Logical Unit Communication Crc Error


(Ultra-Dma/32)

4 09 00 Track Following Error

4 09 01 Tracking Servo Failure

4 09 02 Focus Servo Failure

4 09 03 Spindle Servo Failure

4 09 04 Head Select Fault

4 1B 00 Synchronous Data Transfer Error

4 1C 00 Defect List Not Found

4 1C 01 Primary Defect List Not Found

4 1C 02 Grown Defect List Not Found

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4 34 00 Enclosure Failure

4 35 00 Enclosure Services Failure

4 35 03 Enclosure Services Transfer Failure

4 3B 04 Slew Failure

4 3B 05 Paper Jam

4 3B 16 Mechanical Positioning Or Changer


Error Load

4 3E 01 Logical Unit Failure

4 3E 02 Timeout On Logical Unit

4 40 00 Ram Failure (Should Use 40 Nn)

4 40 NN Diagnostic Failure On Component Nn


(80h-Ffh)

4 41 00 Data Path Failure (Should Use 40 Nn)

4 42 00 Power-On Or Self-Test Failure (Should


Use 40 Nn)

4 44 00 Internal Target Failure

4 46 00 Unsuccessful Soft Reset

4 47 00 Scsi Parity Error

4 4A 00 Command Phase Error

4 4B 00 Data Phase Error

4 4C 00 Logical Unit Failed Self-Configuration

4 53 00 Media Load Or Eject Failed Load

4 54 00 Scsi To Host System Interface Failure

4 60 00 Lamp Failure

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Drive Error Codes

4 62 00 Scan Head Positioning Error

4 65 00 Voltage Fault

4 66 00 Automatic Document Feeder Cover Up

4 66 01 Automatic Document Feeder Lift Up

4 66 02 Document Jam In Automatic Document


Feeder

4 66 03 Document Miss Feed Automatic In


Document Feeder

4 67 00 Configuration Failure

4 67 01 Configuration Of Incapable Logical


Units Failed

4 67 02 Add Logical Unit Failed

4 67 03 Modification Of Logical Unit Failed

4 67 04 Exchange Of Logical Unit Failed

4 67 05 Remove Of Logical Unit Failed

4 67 06 Attachment Of Logical Unit Failed

4 67 07 Creation Of Logical Unit Failed

4 69 01 Multiple Logical Unit Failures

4 69 02 A Parity/ Data Mismatch N/ A

4 6E 00 Command To Logical Unit Failed

4 B6 00 Media load mechanism failed (Plextor)

5 00 11 Audio Play Operation in progress

5 07 00 Multiple Peripheral Devices Selected

5 1A 00 Parameter List Length Error

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5 20 00 Invalid Command Operation Code

5 21 00 Logical Block Address Out Of Range

5 21 01 Invalid Element Address

5 21 02 Invalid Address For Write Incremental

5 22 00 Illegal Function (Use 20 00, 24 00, Or 26


00)

5 24 00 Invalid Field In Cdb

5 25 00 Logical Unit Not Supported

5 26 00 Invalid Field In Parameter List

5 26 01 Parameter Not Supported

5 26 02 Parameter Value Invalid

5 26 03 Threshold Parameters Not Supported

5 26 04 Invalid Release Of Active Persistent


Reservation

5 27 00 Write protected

5 27 01 Hardware Write Protected

5 27 02 Logical Unit Software Write Protected

5 27 03 Associated Write Protect

5 27 04 Persistent Write Protect

5 27 05 Permanent Write Protect

5 2B 00 Copy Cannot Execute Since Host


Cannot Disconnect

5 2C 00 Command Sequence Error

5 2C 01 Too Many Windows Specified

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5 2C 02 Invalid Combination Of Windows


Specified

5 2C 03 Current Program Area Is Not Empty

5 2C 04 Current Program Area Is Empty

5 30 00 Incompatible medium installed

5 30 02 Cannot Read Medium - Incompatible


Format

5 30 04 Cannot Write Medium - Unknown


Format

5 30 05 Cannot Write Medium - Incompatible


Format

5 30 06 Cannot Format Medium - Incompatible


Medium

5 30 08 Cannot Write - Application Code


Mismatch

5 30 09 Current Session Not Fixated For


Append

5 35 01 Unsupported Enclosure Function

5 35 04 Enclosure Services Transfer Refused

5 38 00 Reserved

5 39 00 Saving Parameters Not Supported

5 3D 00 Invalid Bits In Identify Message

5 43 00 Message Error

5 53 02 Medium Removal Prevented

5 55 00 System Resource Failure

5 63 00 End Of User Area Encountered On This


Track

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Drive Error Codes

5 63 01 Packet Does Not Fit In Available Space

5 64 00 Illegal Mode For This Track

5 64 01 Invalid Packet Size

5 6F 00 Copy Protection Key Exchange Failure ?


Authentication Failure Cpp

5 6F 01 Copy Protection Key Exchange Failure -


Key Not Present Cpp

5 6F 02 Copy Protection Key Exchange Failure -


Key Not Established Cpp

5 6F 03 Read Of Scrambled Sector Without


Authentication Cpp

5 6F 04 Media Region Code Is Mismatched To


Logical Unit Region Cpp

5 6F 05 Drive Region Must Be


Permanent/Region Reset Count Error
Cpp

5 72 03 Session Fixation Error - Incomplete


Track In Session

5 72 04 Empty Or Partially Written Reserved

5 72 05 No More Rzone Reservations Are

5 81 00 Logical unit is reserved (Plextor)

5 85 00 Audio address not valid (Plextor)

6 0A 00 Error Log Overflow

6 28 00 Not Ready To Ready Change, Medium


May Have Changed

6 28 01 Import Or Export Element Accessed

6 29 00 Power On, Reset, Or Bus Device Reset


Occurred

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Drive Error Codes

6 29 01 Power On Occurred

6 29 02 Scsi Bus Reset Occurred

6 29 03 Bus Device Reset Function Occurred

6 29 04 Device Internal Reset

6 2A 00 Parameters Changed

6 2A 01 Mode Parameters Changed

6 2A 02 Log Parameters Changed

6 2A 03 Reservations Preempted

6 2E 00 Insufficient Time For Operation


Timeout

6 2F 00 Commands Cleared By Another


Initiator

6 3B 0D Medium Destination Element Full

6 3B 0E Medium Source Element Empty

6 3B 0F End Of Medium Reached

6 3B 11 Medium Magazine Not Accessible


Load

6 3B 12 Medium Magazine Removed Load

6 3B 13 Medium Magazine Inserted Load

6 3B 14 Medium Magazine Locked Load

6 3B 15 Medium Magazine Unlocked Load

6 3F 00 Target Operating Conditions Have


Changed

6 3F 01 Microcode Has Been Changed

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6 3F 02 Changed Operating Definition

6 3F 03 Inquiry Data Has Changed

6 55 01 System Buffer Full

6 5A 00 Operator Request Or State Change


Input

6 5A 01 Operator Medium Removal Request

6 5A 02 Operator Selected Write Protect

6 5A 03 Operator Selected Write Permit

6 5B 00 Log Exception

6 5B 01 Threshold Condition Met

6 5B 02 Log Counter At Maximum

6 5B 03 Log List Codes Exhausted

6 5C 00 Rpl Status Change

6 5C 01 Spindles Synchronized

6 5E 00 Low Power Condition On

6 5E 01 Idle Condition Activated By Timer

6 5E 02 Standby Condition Activated By Timer

6 5E 03 Idle Condition Activated By Command

6 5E 04 Standby Condition Activated By


Command

6 6A 00 Informational, Refer To Log

6 6B 00 State Change Has Occurred

6 6B 01 Redundancy Level Got Better

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Drive Error Codes

6 6B 02 Redundancy Level Got Worse

7 27 00 Write Protected

7 27 01 Hardware Write Protected

7 27 02 Logical Unit Software Write Protected

7 27 03 Associated Write Protect

7 27 04 Persistent Write Protect

7 27 05 Permanent Write Protect

8 21 02 INVALID ADDRESS FOR WRITE


(Blank Check)

9 80 00 Illegal media (Plextor)

9 80 01 Illegal write page param (Plextor)

9 80 05 Illegal pause len (Plextor)

9 80 06 Illegal track num over 99 (Plextor)

9 80 07 Illegal incomplete track exist (Plextor)

9 80 0A Over transfer data (Plextor)

9 80 0B There is no pit (Plextor)

9 80 0C Search NWA fail (Plextor)

B 00 06 I/O Process Terminated, Play


Operation Aborted

B 11 11 Read Error - Loss Of Streaming

B 43 00 Message error (Plextor)

B 45 00 Select Or Reselect Failure

B 48 00 Initiator Detected Error Message


Received

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Drive Error Codes

B 49 00 Invalid Message Error

B 4D NN Tagged Overlapped Commands (Nn =


Queue Tag)

B 4E 00 Overlapped Commands Attempted

B B9 00 Audio play operation aborted (Plextor)

E 1D 00 Miscompare During Verify Operation

X 0D 00 Reserved

X 0E 00 Reserved

X 0F 00 Reserved

X 23 00 Reserved

X 4F 00 Reserved

X 50 00 Write Append Error

X 50 01 Write Append Position Error

X 50 02 Position Error Related To Timing

X 53 01 Unload Tape Failure

X 54 00 Scsi To Host System Interface Failure

X 55 01 System Buffer Full

X 56 00 Reserved

X 58 00 Generation Does Not Exist

X 59 00 Updated Block

X 5F 00 Reserved

X 80 xx VENDOR SPECIFIC Through FF Xx

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Index
Symbols CD-RW 14
.mp3 13, 22 changing drives 25
.wav 13, 22 click 10
.wma 22 concurrent jobs 79
copying discs 17, 18
Numerics
create
22.1KHz 42
data discs 19, 40
44KHz 42
discs from audio discs 25, 42
A discs from audio files 22, 42
accessibility 10 exact copies of a disc 18, 35, 37
activity log
D
open 79
data disc 13, 19, 40, 84
save 79
data extraction speed test 77
album information 31
data files
anti-virus software 83
extracting 76
appending
data job options 52
songs 80
direct memory access 83
arranging tracks 22, 25, 28
dirty media 84
artist information 31
disability 10
audio compilation job 42
disc
audio disc 13, 22, 84
audio discs 13, 22, 42, 84
audio extraction speed test 78
burning 15
audio file finder 73
capacity 14
audio files
data 13
extracting 75
data discs 19, 40, 84
B layout 18
bootable CD 52 media 14
burning 15 disc copy job 35
C disc explorer and drive properties 74
capacities 14 disc image job 37
car stereo 13 disc image job options 55
CD recorder 15 disc layout 15
CD text 44 disc properties 74
CDDB 31 disc recorder 15, 84
CDDB options 70 disc to disc copy 35
CDDB settings 70 DJ-Burn 80
CD-R 14 DMA 83
download settings 70

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DVD recorder 15 options
advanced panel 66
E
audio disc panel 61
erase 31
blank size panel 63
error reporting 79
CDDB panel 70
exact copy 18
data disc 52
exact copy job 35
data disc panel 59
extracting to ISO images 76
disc image 55
extracting to WAV or MP3 75
general panel 56
F job/round panel 65
features temporary panel 62
accessibility 10 view panel 58
file find 22, 73 wizard panel 68
file search 73 overburn 63
finding
P
files 22
playlist 22, 25, 28
G port 70
genre information 31 proxy server 70
global-image 37, 74
Q
global-image file finder 73
queuing jobs 79
H
R
hard drive 19
recorder speed 69, 83
home stereo 13
recording 80
I audio discs 17, 22, 25, 28, 42
information data discs 17, 19, 40
album 31 disc copy job 35
genre 31 disc image job 37
song 31 exact copies of discs 18
Internet 70 failure 83
Internet settings 70 global-image job 37
K video CD job 45
keyboard shortcuts 10 recording options
audio disc 54
M recording type 54
media refresh 35, 37
CD-R 14 reminders 69
CD-RW 14 removing
dirty media 84 files 19
DVD recordable 14 tracks 22, 25, 28
DVD rewritable 14 removing program 9
microphone 80 requirements 7
MP3 files 13, 22 right-click 11
N S
normalization 54 save workspace 78
O scan hard drive 22
open workspace 78 screen savers 83
optical recorder 15 sequential jobs 79

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settings tools
activity log 58 activity log 79
auto-insert notification 56 file finder 73
cache size 66 recording options
download 70 audio disc 54
drive speed 56 workspace 78
drive types 66 track arrangement 22, 25, 28
DVD video 59 tracks 13
error reports 66 troubleshooting
grid lines 58 appending data 84
ISRC 61 failed recordings 83
media size 63 recorder 84
multiple drives 65
U
pathname 59
unavailable drive 84
pre-gap 61
uninstalling program 9
reader drives 56
unreadable media 84
recorder drives 56
UPC 54
simultaneous recordings 65
sounds 56 V
temporary directory 62 valid file format 42
toolbars 58 video CD job 45
UPC 61 video file finder 73
volume label 59 W
wizard 56 warnings
show/hide audio files 69 appending data 69
song information 31 full audio disc 69
system requirements 7 WAV files 13, 22
T wizard options
temporary image 83 maximum recorder speed 68
testing WMA files 22
audio extraction speed 78 workspace 78
data extraction speed 77 write-once DVD compatibility 70

Index 107