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A Beginners Guide to Burning DVDs
Have you ever experienced a hard disk crash? I know how it feels, I have. I was very upset when my hard disk crashed as I had lost all my collection of songs, and videos, concerts (some really old and classic that is very tough to find in the market), not to mention all my favorite movie collection. Or have you experienced your favorite DVD's spoiled by the kids or the careless neighbor? That's when you realize the importance of having a back up on the recordable media.

Though DVD players have been around for quite some time now, the hardware and the software required to burn DVD was very rare, and a costly venture. That's when recordable CD's ruled, and people we all used to painstakingly record all the data on to number of CD's.

But that is unnecessary now, as you can safely store all your data, media, and movies onto the recordable DVD's. This makes more sense now than before as the average hard disk size has increased, and people are increasingly starting to have data in excess of upto 100 GB. A CD can accommodate only 700 MB of data, while a standard DVD can record upto 4.7 GB, which is six times more than a conventional CD.

A DVD burner has become a standard feature today on all desktop, and portable computers, and for the older machines, an external DVD burner can be attached, which costs lot less than what it previously used to. Though the cost of a DVD is more than a CD, it makes sense to make this investment as a DVD can accommodate much more data, at a much better quality.

DVD movies can be burned onto the blank DVD's without losing the crispness in the picture and the sound. If your player supports it, such a DVD can also be played on a regular DVD player.

Many people feel that burning a DVD is a very complicated process that only geeks can handle. But this is certainly not the case, and burning DVD's is as easy as it can get. If you have been using a computer for some time now, you must have surely burned songs or other data onto a CD. Burning a DVD is very similar, and all you require is the right hardware and the right software.

Along with a standard computer, you will need a DVD burner, either internal or external (almost all computers today come with an internal DVD burner). Standard DVD burning software comes usually bundled with the burner, or alternatively, you can get DVD burning software either from your local store or buy it online.

There is also much free software available online, and many are very good. Once you have everything in place, the DVD burner software will easily guide you through the burning process, which is very similar to burning a CD. Once you are done, you have your DVD ready, which can be used as a back up, or for sharing data with friends and family.
By Wayne Anderson