Most new PCs and Macs today are equipped with the latest in recording and storage equipment: CD-RW and DVD-R/RW drives. Even if your computer is a little older, you can still join the revolution with add-on hardware and software. You can record music and movies, store photos and data, and organize things you want to preserve for posterity, safely and easily.CD and DVD Recording For Dummies®, Second Edition, takes the frustration out of choosing and using these cool recording systems. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find what you need and use it efficiently, and it covers all the newest equipment. You’ll discover how toChoose and install a CD or DVD recorderPick the best software for your needsStore large data files safely on CDUse EasyCD and DVD Creator and ToastRecord mixed media disksCreate electronic photo albums, baby books, genealogies, and moreOnce upon a time, videotape, vinyl record albums, and floppy disks were state of the art for preserving movies, music, and data. The superior durability and capacity of CDs and DVDs have made these tools as obsolete as the washboard, but never fear. CD and DVD Recording For Dummies®, Second Edition, makes it easy to Transfer your favorite VHS movies to DVDPreserve those classic LPs on CDArchive records and data files, and safely store treasured family photosAsk the right questions when shopping for CD or DVD recording hardware and softwareRecord original material, copy and erase rewriteable disks, and make backups of important dataAdd menus to your disks, label them, and care for them properlyRecord a bootable CD-ROMToday’s CD and DVD recorders can produce everything from superb sound quality to original movies you can play on your DVD player. CD and DVD Recording For Dummies® will get your recording career going in a jiffy.