I Fell Into A Burning Ring of… DVD’s
A guy like me is often called upon to act as technical support for his friends. Not because I am particularly capable, but anyone who knows me understands my deep and abiding geekishness in addition to my love of tackling a good tech problem.
Today was no different as my buddy Patrick (not his real name, well, ok… it is) sent me this e-mail…
I bought some DVD-R’s to make a backup.
I’ve tried just using Finder window and Disk Utilities to “burn” a directory/make an image.
It keeps barfing and saying the DVD does not have enough space. Is thinks I have 498 KB on each disk. Meanwhile, in Disk Utilities, it says it’s a blank disk.
Any ideas? What is the way you make a DVD backup file on the Mac?
Every now and then things are so “intuitive” no one can figure it out….
I’ve been burning media as long as I can remember on Mac, XP and Vista, but oddly – I’ve never really used the burning tools provided by the OS, instead opting for 3rd party solutions. This is probably because either the OS tools don’t exist (Windows XP), or they are overly simplistic and lack adequate configuration settings (Mac OS X, Vista). In other words – OS-based disc burning SUCKS!
While Mac solutions come and go, Roxio’s Toast (www.roxio.com) is by far the tribal elder of the pack, offering a robust range of disc burning tools for virtually any media-writing need. Toast recently reached the ripe old milestone of “Toast 9 Titanium” – I’ve been using Toast for several years now, since version 3 or 4 I think. I won’t go headlong into the features, you can get all that data from the website – suffice it to say that Toast follows the Jobs-ian Mac mantra “it just works”.
Meanwhile, in Windows-world Nero rules the kingdom of burning discs (www.nero.com) with a full range of tools matching both range and scope of Roxio’s Mac powerhouse.
So whether Mac or PC, you’re best disc burning experience is going to come from a 3rd party solution, likely an intentional move from Apple and MicroSoft to bolster their developers market!
And by the way, if your computer keeps “barfing”, perhaps your computer should upgrade it’s brand of Malt Liqour!
TRIVIA for the DAY: Did you know that “DISK” spelled with a “K” refers to magnetic media such as hard disks, and “DISC” with a “C” represents optical media?